Rumors were flying over AMD’s intentions to present a three-core processor of A-series APUs for several days, until it got final confirmed by a member of Chinese forum that got hold of it. He also revealed some technical details as well as performance level by running couple of benchmarks.
The list of A-series APUs has A6-3500 model positioned just below A6-3600. It would logically mean that these processors should differ by clock rate only, however, both are clocked the same. On the other hand, A6-3500 has less cores and as result less cache. Overall, specs are as follows: base clock — 2.1GHz, max. clock — 2.4GHz, 3MB of L2-cache, TDP — 65W.
The novelty features a list of components typical for AMD APUs: dual-channel DDR3-1866MHz memory controller, x16 lane PCI Express 2.0 controller and integrated GPU — Radeon HD 6530D. Performance config of the last one numbers 320 Stream processors operating at 433 MHz. Note that thanks to CrossfireX support, Radeon HD 6530D can run in pair with other AMD discrete graphics cards.
Though we doubt it will a discrete card, since A6-3500-based system has amounted to 5173 points after a test run of 3DMark 06 benchmark. Not bad for integrated GPU.
Same time, it not quite clear whether it is or will be possible to unlock the fourth core. As the lucky owner says, such opportunity can be implemented in future motherboards, but right now there is not way to turn three-core A6-3500 into А6-3600.