Saturday, July 16, 2011

HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg (Llano)

Low-cost Crossfire. After AMD processors were almost non-existent in our tests for a long time, we now looked at the brand new Llano APU A6. There are even two graphic cores doing their job on the platform. Crossfire and turbo for everyone?

Specifications HP Pavilion dv6-6110eg :
  • Processor : AMD A-Series A6-3410MX 1.6 GHz
  • Mainboard : AMD RS880M
  • Memory : 1144 MB, 1 x 2GB, 1 x 4GB
  • Graphics adapter : AMD Radeon HD 6755G2 - 1024 MB, Core: 600 MHz, Memory: 800 MHz, Dual GPU HD 6750M + HD 6520G (IGP), 8.832.0.0
  • Display : 15.6 inch 16:9, 1366x768 pixel, SAMSUNG 156AT05-H07, glossy: yes
  • Harddisk : Hitachi HTS725050A9A364, 500GB 7200rpm
  • Soundcard : HD Audio
  • Connections : 2 USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 2 headphone outs, 1 microphone in, Card Reader: SD, MMC, 1 Fingerprint Reader,
  • Networking : Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Ralink RT5390 802.11 b/g/n WiFi Adapter (bgn)
  • Optical drive : HP CDDVDW TS-L633J
  • Size : height x width x depth (in mm): 35.2 x 378 x 246.8
  • Weight : 2.668 kg Power Supply: 0.63 kg
  • Battery : 55 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells, 10.8V
  • Price : 599 Euro
  • Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
  • Additional features : Webcam: 1280x800, Cyberlink DVD Suite, Cyberlink YouCam, CoolSense, ProtectSmart, Recovery Manager, 24 Months Warranty
AMD based platforms have clearly lost market shares in mobile systems in past years. A small success could be registered in netbooks with APU concept. They were suddenly stronger than the Atom competition and supplied almost the same battery life (e.g., see Toshiba NB550D).

With the Llano generation, the manufacturer has expanded the APU concept of a main processor with incorporated graphics to bigger systems. The codename Llano covers Accelerated Processing Units that are a blend of Northbridge, a dual or quad core and a dedicated graphics. See our report: Llano APUs officially launched.

The Pavilion dv6-6110eg bids all keywords that find an open ear in Media Markt (German consumer electronics chain) fliers: dual graphics, quad core, turbo, Crossfire and long battery life. This bundle is available for less than 600 euros. A tempting bargain? We'll check the capabilities of this new platform for multimedia fans and gamers. Can AMD hold a candle to the Intel Cores? All answers in this comprehensive review.

Four computing cores work under the umbrella of the Fusion APU A series, A6-3410MX (1.6-2.3 GHz) and a HD 6520G incorporated in the APU in the Pavilion dv6-6110eg. A dedicated HD 6750M is connected to this. The processing cores can now also overclock at AMD (Turbo Core 2.0). An APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) is a main processor with an incorporated graphics unit. Consequently, CPU, GPU and video as well as other hardware accelerators are united on one die, like in the Intel Core processors. For details, see AMD: Llano APUs officially launched an the CPU's spec page.

Up to date, we have only gotten to know APU based devices in netbooks, subnotebooks and performance weak office notebooks, e.g. Lenovo G575, ThinkPad X120E, Vaio YB1 (E350) or Aspire One 522, Eee PC 1015B, Toshiba NB550D (C50). The A series at hand was launched in June 2011 and also includes desktop processors. There is also a fast rotating, 7200 rpm hard disk from Hitachi and a six gigabyte RAM (1 x 2 GB, 1 x 4 GB) installed.

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