It comes as no surprise that ASUS has put together a really good looking board. We've got a strong feature set and it looks like we've got everything a person would want when it comes to building a mid-range system around this new platform. The most important thing is going to be performance out of the platform, though, and we're still a couple days away from that.
For the most part it feels like AMD are going into a bit of uncharted territory here. While the Brazos platform was aimed to take on the Atom one from Intel, the Llano one is a little different. You could say it takes on the Z68 platform / i3 setup, but with graphics power being something that's important to the APU platform, it does look like the offering from AMD will be a lot more attractive verse Intel graphics.
Outside of performance, the other big key point that sits in the air is price. While we know the Llano platform is aimed at that key mid-range market, we're not sure what the cost for a system that revolves around Llano will be, especially in the terms of motherboard and APU.
These are just some of the questions that will get answered in the coming days as the NDA on the Llano APU, Lynx, is lifted. Until then, we just have to enjoy those rumors and leaks that float around the internet.
For me, though, it's time to get out of the BIOS and start to see what this platform is really able to do as we bring you coverage on the Lynx APU as soon as the NDA is lifted on the 30th.
For now, though, we've left you with the taste of another Llano board and hopefully you're getting as excited as us about the platform as it's great to see AMD really step up the Fusion platform with a more powerful option. How much more powerful? We'll know soon enough.
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