Summary: I purchased this CPS to do an economy rebuild of a PC for my office. I wanted to run Windows 7 64-bit and the old system could not handle it. This processor installed fast and easy and so far, it's worked great. It's not a blazing fast product, but it's fast enough for my needs and was very inexpensive.
Summary: Processor does a fine job for the price. I run Windows 8 and use a separate GPU. So there is not a lot of stress on the processor. The fan that comes with the heat sink is very loud. It almost sounds like a small vacuum cleaner.
Summary: This is a fairly low-cost dual-core processor, but the graphics are excellent. It's a great value for a budget media PC. It comes with a heat sink and fan which install easily in the FM1 socket of your motherboard. I've had no trouble with it.
Satisfied my needs with decent speeds on my Home Theater PC Build.
Joel Eaton, Amazon
20 January 2013
Summary: I needed a cheap but efficient CPU and GPU for my Home Theater PC, and this, as recommended by a Lifehacker article, fit the bill! I've had an excellent experience with both the speed and power of this budget priced APU. Highly recommended for any application short of gaming.
Good upgrade depending on where you're coming from
16 July 2012
Summary: I am using this chip in a $55 Gigabyte motherboard. Compared to my old Core 2 Duo E6600, this processor is much faster. But compared to my Intel Core i7-870 Processor 2.93 GHz 8 MB Cache Socket LGA1156 , this product under-performs at times. It is definitely a capable product for a second or spare computer in another room. It may even be good enough for a media center PC.
Summary: If you are looking for a basic chip for everyday use this will work great for you. The concept of these chips was always cool to me. I set it up originally as a home theater PC (HTPC). It was able to do all my video playback in 1080p without problems. There was no lag on the system. It is decent a playing video games and you can crossfire the APU with a graphics card if you need more. I use this chip now when I make computers for someone too.
Summary: There's not too much to say, here. For the price you're getting a decent CPU that will fit a Socket FM1 and do the job to make your movies, games, and other PC projects move at a truly decent speed. It's easy to install, comes with an adequate cooling fan, and can be tweaked a bit if you have a decent motherboard and know what you're doing.
Summary: One really great thing about this APU (CPU & GPU) is that it overclocks fairly well for a low cost piece of hardware. My first experience with this little guy was in an OEM machine which, of course, had a locked bios to prevent overclocking. However, with the AMD software/drivers available for download on their site (currently version 13.4 of Catalyst/Vision control center), you can use AMD's OverDrive software to allow for overclocking via software.