AMD’s most recent entry into the desktop processing space, the new Llano-based A8-3850. We certainly liked it. It might not beat Intel in terms of x86 clock cycles, but it certainly kicks butt when it comes to the GPU side of things. Happily, AMD started fabbing the chips some time ago, and they’re already in stores for you to buy.
Both Newegg and Amazon have the chips ready to go. The AMD A8-3850, like what we reviewed, is going for right around $140. It comes with the AMD Radeon HD 6550D graphics processor built in. The AMD A6-3650 is a touch slower, and comes with the AMD Radeon HD 6530D GPU on board. It’s going for $120 or so. These processors excel at slotting into motherboards for HTPCs, small form factor boxes, and pretty much anything where the very high-end isn’t needed.