Unrivaled, discrete-level DirectX 11-capable graphics and powerful AMD processor technology combined on a single chip Dual graphics capabilities can boost visual performance up to 75% Unlike the competition, AMD A-Series APUs discrete-level graphics cores stay on when paired with select AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics cards New Unlocked K Series - Over-clockable CPU and GPU potential for even higher performance Accelerate the most demanding applications for superb performance with AMD App Acceleration AMD Turbo CORE Technology delivers up to an extra 500MHz of speed when needed The new AMD A-Series APU joins world-class, discrete-level graphics technology and responsive processing power on a single chip, elevating the visual experience to stunning new HD heights. Discrete-level graphics with full DirectX 11 support lets you enjoy lifelike detail and realistic effects in games. Edit HD photos and videos with ease and responsiveness thanks to quad-core power. And surf the Web, stream video and work in everyday applications at blazing-fast speeds with accelerated application support. All this in a compact, energy-efficient design that’s as affordable as it is stunning. This new design requires an FM1 socket and is not backwards compatible with the AM3 socket.
I like this "APU" because it didn't cost too much and it's great for my home theater type PC (silverstone GDO5 case). It is a pretty fast processor giving me a windows experience index WEI score of 7.3 on the CPU and 6.7 on the graphics (which is done by the APU, no PCI-E card installed). I also own the A6-3500 APU and it's great too. This A8-3870k does run quite a bit hotter than my A6-3500 which is a 65 watt processor. I Just mention that because in a smaller..