Synthetic Performance

The SPECviewperf v11 benchmark includes many tests, but we're only going to look at two -- the first being SolidWorks. Here we see that the A8-3850 is considerably faster than the Athlon II X4 640, delivering up to 23% more performance. In fact the Llano chip was comparable to the Core i5 655K and wasn't far behind the Core i5 750.

The AMD A8-3850 performs even better in the Maya test, surpassing both the Athlon II X4 640 and Core i5 750. Amazingly, the A8-3850 is just a fraction slower than the six-core Phenom II X6 1100T.

Increasing the memory frequency had a huge impact on the A8-3850's performance, particularly for the CPU test. Here the A8-3850 received a 25% boost and was now within striking distance of the Core i5 750. That said, the OpenGL performance was still a fair way off from various Intel processors.