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EliteGroup Computer Systems (ECS) this week officially unveiled details about its mainboards designed for AMD A-series "Fusion Llano" accelerated processing units (APUs). In addition, the first picture of a high-end ECS motherboard for A-series chips emerged on the Internet.

ECS, one of the world's largest maker of motherboards, plans to release three A75F-series mainboards with FM1 socket for AMD code-named Llano A-series APUs. All three mainboards will be based on the AMD Hudson D3 (A75) Fusion controller hub (FCH), will support dual-channel DDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, Serial ATA-600, USB 3.0, high-definition audion and other advantages.

One of the mainboards - A75F-A "Black Deluxe - will be in ATX form-factor and will thus be aimed at more advanced end-users. For example, ECS A75F-A has passed 50°C burn test, presenting high quality and durability. In addition, based on the image of the mainboard that emerged on the Internet, the platform supports multi-GPU ATI CrossFireX technology which allows to install several discrete graphics cards, a feature typically found on high-end multimedia systems.


ECS A75F-A "Black Deluxe" mainboard. Image by PC Games Hardware web-site.

The other two FM1 motherboards from ECS - A75F-M and A75F-M2 - will feature micro-ATX form-factor and will thus be aimed primarily at OEMs or system makers.

Production units of AMD’s 32 nanometer quad-core “Llano” A-series accelerated processor units (APU) with discrete-level graphics are now shipping to various makers, according to AMD. The initial family of AMD A-series desktop chips due in Q3 2011 will include four quad-core microprocessors with 100W or 65W TDP, one dual-core flavours with 65W power consumption.

As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine. The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.

Tags: AMD, Llano, Fusion, ECS, FM1

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Discussion started: 05/18/11 07:46:42 AM
Latest comment: 05/19/11 05:35:39 PM

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Llano has limited interest for those who don't want to use its relatively powerful integrated GPU. Why mix Llano with dual discrete GPU's? Power savings at idle? Meh...

The enthusiast interested in dual discrete GPU's will be more interested in the brand-new Bulldozer CPU than in the warmed-up K10.5 CPU in Llano.

Llano will be perfect for HTPC and pre-built boxes from major vendors or corner computer stores.
2 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 05/18/11 07:46:42 AM]
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The only reason someone would go a dual GPU setup on this K10.5 Llano is if they wanted the cheapest latest 32nm AMD CPU money can buy to match with say.. two second hand HD5770's Graphics cards

I guess it will come down to someones budget.. if they only play FPS games then the money would be better spent on a faster videocard then a faster CPU ( Bulldozer)

Remember AMD is not naming the CPU's bulldozer or Llano they are naming them as follows

Llano
E2-3250
A4-3350
A6-3450
A6-3450P
A6-3550
A8-3550P

Bulldozer
FX4110
FX6110
FX8110
FX8130P

Taking note of ONLY the Numbers, the average pc buyer wont know what core they are getting and just think the lower number AMD CPU's are just a little slower and cheaper then the one's above them.

At the end of the day in a years from now K10.5 (Llano) will be nothing but history with all of AMD's cpu lineup using the new Bulldozer design for the CPU part of the APU's
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