Much has been made of the amalgamation of AMD's x86 processor technology and Radeon graphics onto a single processor, but looking past the nitty-gritty technology, what does this coming together of CPU and GPU really mean for the end user?
To find out, HEXUS recently ran a competition giving three lucky readers the chance to win a complete self-build APU bundle.
The incredible prize, pictured above, consisted of an AMD A6-3670 Black Edition APU, an ASUS F1A55-M AMD motherboard, 4GB of AMD Entertainment Edition DDR3 memory and a 120GB Kingston HyperX 3K SSD. And we asked only one thing in return; the winners had to come back and tell us what they thought of the prizes!
The entries poured in and three lucky winners were picked; Apex, CAT-THE-FIFTH and scaryjim. True to their word, each has provided an entertaining run-through of the various components - including build logs, HTPC suitability, benchmarks, gaming capabilities and architectural insight!
Their hands-on experiences are not to be missed, so if you want to know how the winners fared with AMD APU hardware, check out the following HEXUS reader reviews for a fun-filled look at how the APU stands up during real-world use:
- Apex's HEXUS-AMD APU Bundle Review Thingy Whatsamacallit
- Cat's HEXUS A6-3670K self-build AMD APU bundle Review Thread
- Scaryjim's HEXUS-AMD Bundle review
In summary, HEXUS readers have found AMD APU-powered systems to be "quite nippy indeed," and the A6-3670 accelerated processing unit has been labelled "a great all-rounder."