>> Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Reviews of the desktop AMD Fusion A8-3850 have been trickling in, and they're positive for the most part. Tom's Hardware and AnandTech agree that the device is great for entry-level systems but that it doesn't compare to a full CPU/GPU combo.
I'm impressed with the technical discussion of the chip at Real World Technologies. My sole interest in the Fusion is its ability to process OpenCL kernels, so the CPU-GPU integration is a major concern for me. I'm glad that the Fusion's memory bandwidth is greater than that for a discrete GPU (8 GB/s instead of 6 GB/s), but I'd hoped for better. Intel's Sandy Bridge chips provide better integration, but from what I've seen, they don't support OpenCL yet.