KitGuru – Desktop Llano Review
Today we are going to examine the top-end ‘Lynx’ APU, the A8-3850, and compare it to Intel’s i3-2105 CPU. The Lynx platform has a completely redesigned socket, named FM1, meaning the APUs aren’t backwards compatible with existing motherboards. So we will also be looking at one of the first Lynx motherboards to market, the Asus F1A75-M Pro. This is a Micro-ATX model that is perfect for a small-form factor PC and should let us achieve a reasonable overclock.
Hexus – AMD Llano A8-3500M APU notebook review: redefining mainstream computing
The aggregation of a CPU and GPU is a clever feat that's also been achieved by Intel with its equivalent Sandy Bridge chips. But neither firms' integration extends to pulling all the necessary inputs and outputs on to one chunk of silicon, and this is why a separate chip, referred to as the Fusion Controller Hub, co-exists with the A-Series APU. Future iterations of the APU will doubtless pull everything together, but for now, both x86 companies use a two-chip mindset.
Phoronix - Llano Graphics / Radeon HD 6620G On Linux
If you wish to run AMD Llano Fusion APUs on the open-source driver, you must be building everything from source as the necessary Linux kernel / Mesa / DDX components do not have Llano in released form. With that said, this initial Llano support is likely buggy. The open-source Llano support could not be tested as we only had remote access to the A8-3500M system and could not monitor the process for OpenGL rendering issues or other problems along with it being more difficult to remotely handle system hangs and other problems. The open-source Llano Linux support will not be tested until we have our hands physically on the Llano systems.