Even though AMD Fusion A8 series was not supposed to be available for sale before June 30th, history repeated itself: just like 790FX chipset motherboards, Phenom II X4 processors, Socket FM1-based motherboards and Fusion A8 processors made an appearance in European and American e-tail and retail.
AMD Top-of-the-Line "Llano" Fusion APU for sale for ?130 with 20% Tax.
If you take a look at the picture above, you can see that Geizhals.at, Europe’s largest price searching engine is showing AMD Fusion A8-3850 processors for sale at six e-tail stores, and that customers already purchased 23 processors which start at ?129.29 ($186, but that’s with Austrian’s 20% VAT included – $149 without).
Need a Fusion A8 compatible motherboard? ASUS F1A75-V PRO can be yours for $137
Unfortunately, Geizhals.at did not had any Socket FM1 motherboards for sale, but consulting Google’s Shopping list revealed an A75-based motherboard from ASUS. Thus, you’d probably need to order from two continents in order to get your Fusion system working this week.
When it comes to prices, seeing an top of the range Fusion APU for less than $150, and a motherboard for less than $140 – you can build a $500 PC for no problem. All that remains is $40 for 4GB of DDR3-1333 memory, $60 for 2TB Seagate Barracuda Green drive (which even rivals even some 7200rpm drives), $15 for a DVD drive and about $85 for the case and power supply.
Then again, AMD doesn’t seem to have any supply issues with AM3+ motherboards based on 990FX chipset – they’re available from multiple manufacturers on both sides of the Pond.