Rumors, leaked pictures, and supposed specifications of a tri-core Llano APU have been floating around the Web since early July, and if you had any lingering doubts that this chip was real, you can put them to rest. AMD just sent us word that it's new tri-core A6 3500 APU is shipping now and is available for less than a C-note.
The new APU features three x86 CPU cores mingling with more than 300 Radeon cores. AMD says the CPU portion races along at 2.1GHz per core, and 2.4GHz with Turbo Boost, while the integrated Radeon HD 6530D graphics is clocked at 444MHz. These are flanked by 3MB of L2 cache and carries a TDP of 65W. Here's how it compares to the other Llano APUs currently available:
AMD's new A6 3600 is so far the lowest priced Llano APU you can buy, and you're essentially trading an extra processing core for a chip that's $20 less expensive than the 3650 that also runs 500MHz slower and consumes less power. Sound like a fair deal? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.