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"In terms of value, I am torn by the A8-3850. It is set for release at $135. I certainly think it is a better value for many purposes than the Intel i3-2100. Those purpose mainly being GPU driven. However, for transcoding, this isn't the case. Also, we are talking about entry-level systems here. I suppose what I have to say is this; if your main function is web-browsing, streaming media, and a little gaming on the side, the A8-3850 is great for you. If you transcode a lot of media or don't play any games, it's a toss-up. If you are a heavy gamer, don't even bother. You can play games on the A8-3850, but hardcore gamers will want more. Where the market is right now, the A8-3850 is a good deal. I just wish it would have been a little better."
"If you are a consumer looking for a new system in the next few months I would make sure than an AMD A series build was the first choice on your list. If you are a DIYer building for family and want a low cost versatile system or building an HTPC then this is the platform of choice. AMD was likely hoping for a solid hit with this platform rerelease and what they got was a triple with two runs batted in. It is not the perfect chip and could use a little more CPU power but it is a great starting point and shows the future is bright at AMD. As for the MSI A75MA-G55, I have not yet had a chance to see other boards on this platform but I can say MSI has set the mark high for other companies trying to impress me."
"So, if you are a gamer on a really tight budget, the new A8-3850 is a really nice option. But if you are an average user who won’t play games, the Core i3-2100 is a better option."
"If you're building a new budget-friendly system from scratch that will be used for medium-level gaming, HD movie watching or a long list of other seemingly benign tasks, this new Lynx platform is a no-brainer. The A8-3850 is a terrific all-in-one chip that provides unmatched value when you consider that the integrated GPU is truly equal to a $50 graphics card. Intel's lower-end Sandy Bridge models are absolutely faster in CPU-centric benchmarks, but when you take an overall look it is hard not to come to the conclusion that Llano's graphics capabilities more than makes up for its processing shortcomings. In other words, whereas most users likely will not notice that the A8-3850 is slightly slower than another processor in 2D applications, they will notice that it has much better framerates, decoding abilities and GPU computing performance. To us, that equates to a better overall computing experience."
"In the end, there is little new about the A-Series from AMD... the user experience is essentially the same as using a quad core Phenom 2 X4 on AM3 with a 5000/6000 card. That said there are aspects of the product which show us that AMD is on the right track with their roadmap and we look forward to seeing the enthusiasts chips from them in the near future."