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First desktops equipped with AMD Llano APUs start shipping from AVADirect, CyberPower

AMD's launch of Llano accelerated processing units (APU) hasn't resulted in an immediate avalanche of new products, but a trickle has started to emerge. While two quad-core desktop chips have already been released for DIYers, it's only this week that the first desktops shipping with Llano processors inside have been announced.
Written by Sean Portnoy, Contributor on

AMD's launch of Llano accelerated processing units (APU) hasn't resulted in an immediate avalanche of new products, but a trickle has started to emerge. While two quad-core desktop chips have already been released for DIYers, it's only this week that the first desktops shipping with Llano processors inside have been announced.

CyberPower has a handful of configurations using the new A8-3850 APU with Radeon HD 6550D graphics or the A6-3650 APU with Radeon HD 6350D graphics. The Gamer Ultra 7000 Elite comes with the A6-3650, 4GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive, and Radeon HD 6450 graphics card for $595, while the Mega Special bumps the processor up to the A8-3850 for an extra $10. The Gamer Ultra 7500 also includes the A8-3850, but doubles the amount of RAM and features the Radeon HD 6570 graphics card for $685. All three come with the Asetek 510LC liquid cooling system at no additional cost.

For its part, AVADirect has two Llano systems available, both fully customizable (like the CyberPower machines). Starting at $450.15, the DTS-FM1-PD33XTP has the A6-3650, 2GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive inside, whereas the $601.66 DTS-FM1-2CFD33XTP includes the same specs save for adding the Radeon HD 5750 graphics card -- the cheaper config relies on the A6's integrated GPU.

Clearly targeting buyers who might not be hardcore gamers (or who can afford a hardcore gaming system), Llano desktops should appeal to those who want more graphics power to do some light gaming than Intel's latest integrated graphics can provide. Will you be in the market for one?

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