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Incredibly, we saw a 24% performance increase when paring the AMD A8-3850 with DDR3 1866MHz memory as opposed to 1333MHz memory. When factoring in that gain, the A8-3850 was faster than the Core i5 750 and only marginally slower than the Core i7 920 and Phenom II X4 980 processors.
This time we found a 9% discrepancy between the RAM speeds and with DDR3-1866, the A8-3850 managed to overcome the Athlon II X4 640 and it was only a hair behind the Core i5 750 and i7 920.
The AMD A8-3850 was only able to roughly match the Core i5 655K when using DDR3-1333 memory, but the 1866MHz configuration performed 17% better, elevating the APU just ahead of the Athlon II X4 640.