Today we are looking at the low cost, low power AMD APU – called the A4 3400. In terms of the hierarchy of the Llano APUs this particular chip is closer to the bottom of the pile. That said, while it isn’t aimed at an audience who enjoy playing the latest Direct X 11 games at the highest resolution, it caters to a much broader audience and aims to be a jack-of-all-trades in the APU market. At less than £50 inc vat, is this an ideal foundation for a low cost system?
The A4 3400 is a dual core processor clocked at a respectable 2.7Ghz with 160 Radeon cores running at 600mhz. This could form the foundation for a new system … capable of light gaming, while still having enough horse power to handle a variety of tasks.
The A4 3400 and the Gigabyte motherboard under review also support Hybrid Crossfire, with certain AMD graphics cards. To test this potential load-sharing and possible performance increase between the APU and a dedicated GPU, we installed a low-power version of the VTX Radeon 6450, the highest model of graphics card that is supported by this board that allows for Hybrid Crossfire capability.
The Radeon 6450 model we added to test the Crossfire capability has 1Gb of onboard memory.
Today we will see how the AMD A4 handles a myriad of duties, including light gaming and encoding tasks.
|Processor Type:||AMD Dual-Core A4-Series APU for Desktops|
|Model:||AMD A4-3400 APU with Radeon HD 6410D|
|Socket Type:||FM1 uPGA|
|Processor Bus Speed:||Not Specified|
|Processor L2 Cache Size:||1024|
|Fusion Control Hubs:||D2/D3 FCH|
|Direct X Version:||11|