Reviews and Problems with AMD A-Series A4-3400 2,7GHz Socket FM1 Box
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Good, cheap, processor
Brendan A., Newegg
24 May 2013
Pros: Decent processor for a budget media center pc.
Cons: The included heatsink fan is unbelievably loud. It's in the corner of my room on a shelf with good ventilation and I can hear it all the way on the other side of the room. I have two fans on my overclocked phenom II and those are nearly whisper quiet. Granted, it's only $30 for a decent aftermark...
Summary: When I agreed to do a product review on this processor, I was in the middle of putting together a new desktop machine for myself. I was picking out parts and getting ready to purchase the items.
Summary: My suggestion to any builder on a budget system using this opt for a stand alone video card so the cpu gets to use the max available ram installed
Pros: While not setting the world on fire it still will handle any general day to day needs and as long as you add at least 8GB ram (if no dedicated video card) it won't bog down to badly while sharing the ram for video duties.
Summary: Now I will have to upgrade my motherboard to allow myself a better processor. At the time it was the perfect CPU for the perfect price that works great in cheap (FM1) motherboards, I am building my parents a computer soon and cannot think of a better CPU and MOBO combo than an FM1 socket mobo and...
Pros: No problems with it. I snapped it in place the night when I first built my rig, and haven't thought about it since. It bottlenecks during intense gaming, so it obviously has to be upgraded eventually.
Cons: Came with a bent pin that I had to adjust, not really a problem with the device but I suppose it must've been shipping damage...
Pros: Runs quick and cool. Low power. Graphics are pretty darn nice, and built right in to the processor...how neat is that?
Cons: Fan is loud at high RPMs, and has a high pitched dog whistle whine at low RPMs Hoping I got a defective fan, because I want to love this APU. I contacted AMD for fan replacement, so we will see how that goes. I will update my review to 5 eggs if this fan situation gets sorted out.
Summary: So. I bought an economy kit from newegg (need to replace my RH 6.2 NOT RHEL, but OOOOLD 6.2 firewall) and had the devil's own time getting beyond the initial DVD boot - like so many others, grub would start up, but fail with a black screen after the video was switched.
Pros: Fast Chip for the money. Once I got it working, I'm happy.
Cons: Video fails on Linux installation. See Other Thoughts
Summary: Maybe I'm being hard on this product, but with the number of builds I do yearly and considering I rarely use AMD, getting this processor for a build and seeing the results helps reinforce why I don't use AMD often.
Pros: It does what it should. Worked right out of the box, low power consumption, CPU+GPU is a good thing I guess. I had high hopes for the APU concept considering I love AMD video cards and this sounded like an awesome idea. And with that it's time for the cons.
Cons: Pretty underwhelming. I'm normally an Intel guy but I picked this up in a combo for a build I was doing for a buddy. At the same time I was doing another build for someone else with a different combo that had a dual core Phenom Black edition. Similarly priced and similarly spec'd, the black editi...
Summary: If you're going to use this with a Windows only system, then go for it. But I would not recommend for use with Linux at this time.
Pros: Good price, good performance - a 4.3 WEI all by itself. I've been using this with Windows 8 Consumer Preview with no problems.
Cons: I've had quite a bit of trouble with Linux OS's. Live CD's hang and won't load video. Until the Linux community addresses this, this will be a problem. I was able to get Ubuntu 10.04 to run, but not Ubuntu 11.10 or openSUSE 12.1.