Really, the best bang for the average persons Buck
15 September 2013
Summary: Great APU That is a cpu and a gpu in one chip? That is a good starting point for the average person using a computer. Most people only need to check the WEB, Email, Shop, Social media, average stuff, This is what most people need for the Money you can not beat it. If you play high end gaming, or do high end video editing, then you need something else and also a bigger bunch of CASH. You really will have a hard time to get a better Bang for your buck.
Pros: This is a Cheap APU, and is fairly quick for the price. It is able to handle light gaming with out a graphics card no sweet. The graphics cards it can crossfire with are really cheap, making it a cheap rig to play with.
Cons: The FM1 is a dead socket type, and the GPU on the card is dead and graphics cards that can crossfire with it are not going to be able to match a current graphics card even without the cross fire ability.
Pros: I simply can't say enough good things about this CPU. The graphics being built into the CPU is awesome, best part is it actually performs! Plus when I go to get a graphics card it will basically be a dual setup! For right around $50 you can't beat this! The performance will blow your mind, you will be left thinking why didn't I pay $100+ for this??? Or why didn't I switch to AMD sooner!
Pros: Inexpensive and great for every day computing. This system was built for a family member upgrading from a 10 year old Pentium 4. So a big improvement.
Cons: My CPU arrived with Bent pins straight out of the box. I spent 45 minutes using a Credit Card, Mechanical Pencil and bent Movie stub to straighten them out. I was surprised that the CPU still worked. AMD step up your quality control, because that is unacceptable.
Pros: Outstanding price with combo deal. Built in GPU has 128 bit bus with decent core and memory clocks. Uses only 20W while idle and 50W maxed out. Idle temps around 5C. Stock HSF (4 pin) does the job and is very, very quiet.
Pros: I am an Intel fan all the way, but these APUs are really hard to beat for the casual user for internet, videos, and low-spec gaming for its price point. I used this in my Dad's build, he just uses it for internet and some games (Sims 3 and Civ V mostly), and it runs flawlessly with Direct x11 and runs cool. Built in GPU, cheap FM1 sockets, and low power draw means total build costs are at the floor.
Cons: None, you can't run high-spec games on high settings but you obviously know that
Pros: Using this in my media PC. It uses much less power compared to the old Pentium D that was powering the machine. This paired with a ECS A75F-M and using my old Hauppauge HVR-1800 doesn't pull more than 100w with 2 hard drives running, and around maybe 80w with one drive spun down. Plays HDTV, Blu-Ray and Netflix in HD perfectly smooth using only the on board graphics. ALso runs very cool. My temp monitoring software doesn't read temps properly, but the heat sink barely...
Cons: Haven't tried the game performance since the system is really only built to play media. It probably wouldn't be great, but adequate. Doesn't matter to me though.