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Another Big Win: AMD A6 3650 APU vs. Intel’s Core™ i3 2120

Recent Benchmark testing confirms: An AMD A6 APU-based PC delivers a better gaming experience than Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core™ i3-Based PC. Nearly 3X the gaming performance!1

Best graphics? Best computing? Best Video? Best Connectivity?

Call it “4 out of 4” for the new AMD A6 3650 Accelerated Processing Unit!

Benchmark/Test AMD A6 3650 APU Intel’s Core™ i3 2120
List Price $119.992 $139.993
X86 Cores 4 2
GPU Cores 320 AMD Radeon™ Cores 12 Intel Execution Units
DDR3 Memory Up to 1866 MHz Up to 1333 MHz
DirectX® Level DirectX® 11 DirectX® 10.1
Dual Graphics Support4
Monthly, Certified Driver Releases
3DMark Vantage Performance5 2920 1060
16x9 Gaming Average FPS6 30 (Nearly 3X BETTER!) 11
3DMark 11 Performance5 771
DirectCompute Support
OpenGL 4.1 3.0
VIDEO HARDWARE accelerated decode H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP/DivX H.264, VC-1, MPEG-2
HD HQV Score7 192 182
Integrated USB 3.0
Integrated SATA 6Gbps 6 Up to 2

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Additional hardware (e.g. Blu-ray drive, HD or 10-bit monitor, TV tuner, wirelessly enabled HDTV) and/or software (e.g. multimedia applications) are required for the full enablement of some features. HD Video display requires an HD video source. Not all features may be supported on all components or systems - check with your component or system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.

1 Testing done in AMD Performance Labs measuring frames per second (fps) while playing Left 4 Dead 2 using mainstream settings at a resolution of 1280x768. The AMD A6 APU-based PC reported 41 fps while the Intel Core™ i3 2120 CPU-based PC reported 14 fps. Scores report the average fps, rounded to the nearest whole frame, of the best of 3 runs. DTLY-C3
The AMD A6 APU-based PC is represented by the reference design codename "Armorhead", consisting of the AMD Quad-Core A6-3650 APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6530D Discrete Level Graphics, 8GB DDR3-1600 PC memory, a Real SSD C300 hard drive (256G) and Microsoft Windows Ultimate 64-bit.
The Intel Core™ i3-based PC consists of the Intel Core™ i3 2120 CPU (Sandy Bridge), Intel H67 Express Chipset, 8GB (4x2GB), DDR3-1333 PC memory, a Real SSD C300 hard drive (256G) and Microsoft Windows Ultimate 64-bit.

2 AMD A6-3650 APU priced at $119.99 on on 08/30/2011.

3 Intel Core™ i3 2120 priced at $139.99 on on 08/30/2011.

4 AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics requires an AMD “A” series APU plus an AMD Radeon™ discrete graphics configuration and is available on Windows® 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows® 7 Home Premium, and/or Windows® 7 Home Basic OS. Linux OS supports manual switching which requires restart of X-Server to engage and/or disengage the discrete graphics processor for dual graphics capabilities. With AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics, full enablement of all discrete graphics video and display features may not be supported on all systems and may depend on the master device to which the display is connected. Check with your component or system manufacturer for specific mode capabilities and supported technologies.

5 Test conducted in AMD Labs and measured in 3DMarks.

6 Test conducted in AMD Labs @ 1600x900. Average framerates based on Civilization 5 in DirectX® 9, low settings; DiRT2 @ medium settings, baja_iron benchmark; FarCry2 @2xAA low quality, ranch_small benchmark; Just Cause 2 @ 2xAA 8xAF, low settings, concrete_jungle benchmark; Left 4 Dead2 @ 4xAA 8xAF high quality; Lost Planet 2 @ low settings, test_b benchmark; Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X.m @ 2xAA, low quality, DirectX® 10; Wolfenstein MP @ 4xAA, medium quality.

7 Test conducted in AMD Labs using HD HQV2.0 with Power DVD 10 (10.0.2325.51) Test conducted in AMD Labs using HD HQV Benchmark version 2.0 (Hollywood Quality Video) to determine the quality of HD video signal processing. HD HQV is a tool used by AMD to evaluate video playback quality. HD HQV Benchmark version 2.0 provides visual feedback for scoring by the AMD reviewer. Scores may vary based on the skill and opinion of the reviewer. The AMD A6-3650 APU system scored 192 points and the Intel Core™ i3 2120 system scored 182.