Most of the systems I build for friends and clients are destined to spend their days performing basic computing tasks like checking email and Facebook accounts, shopping for shoes and such, word processing, household finance spreadsheet analysis, Skyping, and so on. Computer hardware capabilities have so far outpaced the requirements of these tasks that many people now do them on their phone. But when it comes to considerations like a comfortable, ergonomic keyboard and mouse, a larger display, user serviceability and upgradeability, and of course the satisfaction that comes only from DIY, the desktop is still king of the computing hill. In the last few years I've continually marvelled at how much computing power so little money can buy. Read on for our lastest recommendations...

AMD Llano HTPC Builders Guide

Home Theater PCs (HTPCs) are becoming more and more popular due to a number of reasons. The desire of consumers to watch and enjoy their media, be it Blu-rays/DVDs...

76 by Ganesh T S on 6/5/2012

What We've Been Waiting For: Testing OpenCL Accelerated Handbrake with AMD's Trinity

AMD, and NVIDIA before it, has been trying to convince us of the usefulness of its GPUs for general purpose applications for years now. For a while it seemed...

60 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 5/15/2012

Toshiba Satellite P755D: Nearing the End of the Road for Llano

While the launch of Trinity isn't too far away, it's important to remember there are still plenty of Llano notebooks available today with a lot to offer on their...

34 by Dustin Sklavos on 4/11/2012

Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2V Review

Today we are looking at the Gigabyte GA-A55M-S2V, the first A55 motherboard to hit the AnandTech test beds. In comparison to the A75 platform which we have covered extensively...

21 by Brendan van Varik on 3/21/2012

Puget Systems Echo: Intel and AMD Showdown at 65 Watts

Just about anyone can put together a solid computer using a decent midtower and the right parts. What we don't see as often is just how fast a computer...

62 by Dustin Sklavos on 3/21/2012

AMD Releases Two Llano Based Athlon II X4 CPUs

AMD has quietly released two Athlon II X4 CPUs, the 638 and 641. These are based on Llano (i.e. Stars+/K10.5 architecture) but lack an integrated GPU. The socket is...

15 by Kristian Vättö on 2/8/2012

ASUS F1A75-M Pro Review - Micro-ATX Llano at $110

Llano is still selling strong for AMD, as shown by the relatively recent reports of representing a major aspect of their CPU profit margins. Building on our Llano and...

32 by Brendan van Varik on 1/22/2012

AMD's Trinity APU at CES, Shipping in Mid-2012

AMD has a bunch of cool stuff to show off at this year's CES. The first is the most expected: a demo of its upcoming Trinity APU. The demo...

48 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/12/2012

AMD Intros New Unlocked K-Series Llano APUs: A8-3870K & A8-3670K

When we first reviewed Llano we thought it was a fairly competent desktop part if you needed a solution that didn't rely on discrete graphics. My biggest issue with...

36 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2011

AMD Releases New Llano Mobile CPUs

AMD is refreshing its mobile CPU lineup with seven new A4, A6, and A8 Llano processors for socket FS1. With one exception, these dual- and quad-core processors give a...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 12/8/2011

Holiday 2011 Midrange System Buyer's Guide

The latest edition of our Holiday 2011 guides focuses on midrange desktops. If you enjoy the prospect of building your own PC or you just prefer the ability to...

58 by Zach Throckmorton on 12/6/2011

AMD Introduces New Socket FM1 Athlon, Price Changes

In addition to its new Opteron chips, AMD yesterday announced a few small changes to its processor line-up, including adjusted prices for several of its Llano-based APUs (and one...

35 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/15/2011

Holiday Budget System Buyers' Guide

The recent launch of Intel Sandy Bridge-based Celeron CPUs and the proliferation of budget-priced LGA 1155 socket motherboards bring fresh competition to the budget desktop computer market segment, long...

95 by Zach Throckmorton on 11/8/2011

Details on Trinity - AMD's Next Gen APU

DonahimHaber has leaked a slide concerning AMD's next generation APU, called Trinity. The slide does not reveal any detailed specifications, it's merely an overview of Trinity. Lets begin with...

44 by Kristian Vättö on 10/25/2011

AMD's First Dual-Core Llano APUs: A4-3400 & A4-3300 Launched

Today AMD introduced its first dual-core Llano APUs: the A4-3400 and A4-3300. These APUs have only 758M active transistors, a bit over half of the transistors in the bigger...

14 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/7/2011

AMD's A8-3850 up to 26% Faster than A6-3650

When AMD introduced its Llano desktop parts it mentioned two different GPU configurations: an on-die Radeon HD 6550D with 400 cores running at 600MHz and a Radeon HD 6530D...

12 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/23/2011

AMD Introduces Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD just announced availability of its first triple-core Llano APU: the A6-3500. The 3500 features three cores running at 2.1GHz. AMD's Turbo Core is supported so you can see...

26 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/17/2011

Llano in the Wild: Toshiba's Satellite L775D-S7206

Since Llano's introduction, the value of AMD's new APU has been the subject of some debate, even between editors here at AnandTech. With notebooks sporting the new A-series processors...

74 by Dustin Sklavos on 8/12/2011

AMD A8-3850 : An HTPC Perspective

Today is all about Lynx, the desktop version of the Llano platform from AMD. Anand is reviewing the A8-3850 from a generic PC perspective, and Ian is covering its...

107 by Ganesh T S on 6/30/2011

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