|AMD A8-3850 Lynx APU Processor|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Processors|
|Written by Hank Tolman|
|Thursday, 30 June 2011|
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SiSoftware Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility. It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, PCI, PCI-X, PCIe (PCI Express), database, USB, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
The SANDRA DhryStone and Whetstone tests are CPU tests that run completely within the CPU + cache memory itself. These tests are perfect for seeing general efficiency per processing core. Dhrystone is basically a suite of arithmetic and string manipulating programs and is an older CPU tests. Even so, it remains a simple and accurate way to show RAW CPU processing performance. The whetstone benchmark primarily measures floating-point arithmetic performance.
Video Memory Bandwith tests shows the discrete GPU power of the Radeon HD6650D. It tops the charts, even surpassing the low-end discrete graphics of the GT430. This is interesting, because the Video Memory is the system memory here and the system memory usually scores higher for the Sandy Bridge than for the A-Series.
The video transcode tests show a completely different story. In fact, the A-Series A8-3850 oddly scores even lower than the HD4290 on the 890GX chipset.
In testing the MPix/s of the GPU processes, the A8-3850 more than triples the GPU processing of the i3-2100.
Cinebench R11.5 is a great CPU specific benchmark. Its results are up next.