In order to test the APU, we are using a mixture of synthetic benchmarks in addition to a series of games; this was intended to test the widest range of the abilities of the system.
The system was housed inside a Xigmatek Gigas case that provides adequate cooling (by way of 4 x 120mm fans supplied with the case) in a small form factor, the size of which could be ideally used to house a HTPC.
All system drivers were up to date at the time of reviewing and we used the latest version of AMD’s Control Engine software.
The test system specification is below:
Processor: AMD Llano A4 3400.
Cooling: Stock Cooler.
Graphics: AMD 6410D, 160 Radeon cores integrated in the processing unit (Dedicated VTX 1GB 6450 added for Crossfire results).
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2.
Chassis: Xigmatek Gigas.
Power: ThermalTake Smart 430w.
Memory: 8GB (2x4GB) AMD Entertainment Edition 1600Mhz DDR3 @9-9-9-28 timings (Manufacturered by Patriot).
Storage: 40GB Mushkin Castillo SSD.
The software used was Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1, 64-bit Edition. This version of Windows 7 was felt to reflect the software used on many home user systems, whilst taking advantage of 64-bit support provided by the hardware.