Summary: It's not a giant upgrade from my previous A8-6500, but it's still enough that when coupled with another 8gb of RAM in my system (bringing my total to 16gb) that I can see a definite difference in speed when running games and other applications on my computer.
As good as an Intel i7-3770??? Maybe. For the $$$... Awesome value!
27 November 2014
Summary: This CPU appears (to myself, a noob) to have the same specs as the i7-3770 I bought for another build last year. That being said, this is not as fast or smooth as that machine but there are far to many different variables between the two for honest and true comparison.
Summary: Solid chip, my first AMD chip and I have no problems with it whatsoever. Mine is 24/7 ROCK STABLE at 4.4GHZ giving it 1.46V which is 0.15 volts shy of its "max safe range" of voltage (1.475). I don't have the IGP overclocked as I got a 7770HD for really cheap, so I threw that in there.
Pros: -Great chip on a budget, -IGP is more powerful than you think, -High clock means this chip handles tasks pretty fast.
Cons: The 4MB cache is a bit disappointing in a flagship model. I hope they will improve their design to increase L1/2 caches, which highly benefit games and big programs., -Runs hot on stock cooler. Stock cooler really sucks. I would suggest buying a decent cooler for longer lifespan or heck, get a ni...
Summary: Now, before I start this review I will say I've worked with entirely Intel processors so I could be doing something wrong. I ordered this processor for a family member's build, they mostly just play internet games or minecraft (they're 7 and 9 years old) so I didn't want it to cost too much.
Fast, and decent as an APU (at the time of purchase)
xillra fe, Amazon
16 April 2014
Summary: Ran AAA title games at ~30 fps. Runs Photoshop fine / After Effects seems a bit slow but whatever. It's also a bit hot. 50° - 60° Celsius with an aftermarker cooler. Ended up purchasing a R9 270x, I believe I get a little bottlenecking, but can't be certain.