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How to Sell the New AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit Black Edition1

Since debuting in 2011, the AMD A-Series APU family has aimed a laser-target at the mainstream market, delivering the best of both worlds where processing-power meets GPU performance:

  • Unlocked, allowing you to overclock1 both CPU and GPU cores
  • 3 or 4 Multiple high performing CPU cores
  • Discrete class GPU experience
  • AMD Radeon™ Dual Graphics2
  • AMD Steady Video Technology3

Now, as 2012 gets underway, the performance-tuning market is getting all of that APU power plus a whole lot more with the addition of the fully ‘unlocked and available’ Black Edition AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit.

With the AMD A8-3870K APU Black Edition and the AMD A6-3670K APU Black Edition, the limit-pushing, thrill-seeking breed can experience incredible performance and overclocking1 potential, now designed for FM1 socket motherboards.

What You Need to Know to Sell the Unlocked Black Edition A-Series APUs

Featuring both an unlocked CPU (default 3000 MHz) and an unlocked GPU (default 600 MHz), the AMD A8-3870K APU provides even the most hardcore enthusiasts, gamers, and media users maximum flexibility to customize based on how they want to use their computer.

Key Feature:

Overclockable1 CPU and GPU potential for even higher performance.

How to Sell it:

The AMD A8-3870K APU Black Edition and the AMD A6-3670K APU Black Edition deliver DirectX® 11 support in unlocked discrete-level AMD Radeon™ HD graphics and overclockable1 multi-core CPU performance.
Combine the AMD A8 APU Black Edition or AMD A6 APU Black Edition with select DirectX® 11 capable AMD Radeon™ HD graphics cards and experience the power of dual graphics, supercharging your system’s performance even further.2

What it Really Means to the Customer:

The Black Edition A-Series APUs lifts processing performance potentials to a whole new level, offering an APU overclocking experience that’s seamless, versatile, and extremely powerful.  With an unlocked multiplier (to easily set higher clock-speed, while not affecting other components) and the ability to fine tune the GPU speed, overclockers1 are set free to overclock without bus speed changes and adjust menu options in the BIOS in order to push performance well beyond the GPU’s default 600MHz.

Key Benefits of Overclocking the AMD A8-3870K APU:

Unlocked Performance = Extra Performance4,5

  • GPU Performance Boost
    • GPU @ stock frequency = 600MHz
    • GPU @ overclocked frequency = 950MHz
    • Overclocked GPU performance boost = +350MHz
  • CPU Performance Boost
    • CPU @ stock frequency = 3.0 GHz
    • CPU @ overclocked frequency = 3.6 GHz
    • Overclocked CPU performance boost = +600MHz
  • Frames Per Second (fps) Performance Boost
    • Left 4 Dead 2 v2010.1 (1280x768) timedemo (fps)
    • fps @ stock frequency = 47.67
    • fps @ overclocked frequency = 52.68
    • Overclocked fps performance boost = +11%
  • Gaming Benchmark Performance Boost
    • 3DMark Vantage v1.1.0 – Performance 1280x1024
    • overall score @ stock frequency = 3863.54
    • overall score @ overclocked frequency = 4423.14
    • Overclocked 3DMark Vantage performance boost = +14%
  • PC Benchmark Performance Boost
    • PCMark Vantage 2010.1 - 1024x768
    • Pcmarkscore (pcmarks) @ stock frequency = 12014.00
    • Score @ overclocked frequency = 13503.00
    • Overclocked PCMark Vantage performance boost = +12%

The Bottom Line:

For its fully ‘unlocked and available’ performance, flexibility and overall value, the AMD A8 Accelerated Processing Unit Black Edition is the ideal system for overclockers1 to sink their teeth into.


1. AMD’s product warranty does not cover damages caused by overclocking, even when overclocking is enabled with AMD OverDrive™ software.

2. 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.  For All-In-One systems AMD Radeon™ “D” series and AMD Radeon™ “D2” Dual Graphics series do not support AMD Eyefinity technology.  Always check with your system manufacturer for specific model capabilities and supported technologies.

3. AMD Steady Video is a technology designed to eliminate shakes and jitters during the playback of home video.  Users may turn on this technology via the AMD Catalyst Control Center™ or the VISION Engine Control Center application. AMD Steady Video will work with content that can run on Adobe® Flash® Player 10.2 (and later versions) or on any player which has been programed to use AMD’s decode acceleration (DXVA) engine.    AMD Steady Video is not designed to (a) isolate overlays, logos or captions, or (b) improve the playback of letter boxed, premium/commercial, or interlaced content.  AMD Steady Video is only recommended for use with videos that contain unwanted shakes and jitters.

4. AMD Systems: Using AMD A6-3870K APU with AMD Radeon™ HD 6550D,DDR3-1333 system memory

5. All performance tests done in AMD internal performance labs and may not be indicative of a customer’s overclocking results.

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