This slight boost in clock speed does improve performances slightly—by about 3% on average. This processor therefore comes in about equivalent to the now 'old' Core i3 560, and well below the Core i3 2100. The AMD A8-3870K and Intel's Core i3 2100 sell for similar prices, but graphics performances aren't quite as good in the Intel processor since AMD's APU has a graphics chip built-in. Note, however, that the integrated graphics chip doesn't mean that gamers can do away with a dedicated graphics card (not according to our tests, anyway).
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- Absolute performance of integrated graphics chip
- Power use
- Processor could be faster
AMD has made a great step forward with its APUs thanks to a much improved graphics processing unit. However, gamers would still need to use a separate graphics card alongside this APU. Plus, pure processing performances lag behind the competition.