Summary: I debated between this and the A10-5700k (100w vs 65w) but considering reviews which showed that during load they end up with the same draw and temps. I went with the A10-5800k as i don't leave my HTPC on all the time anyways. The included heatsink was tiny! I was skeptical at first but it does the job. It peaked around 51c with 3hrs under load and case temps at 39c which i thought was pretty good. I'm sure it could be better but given how silent it runs i'm impressed.
Pros: Great for HTPCs. At stock it can run League of Legends at 1080P max settings 62-71fps. Skyrim/Borderlands however was only smooth at 720p ultra settings, had to tinker to med/low settings on 1080P.
Cons: Not the best choice if you plan on getting a video card. Also, A85x UEFI bioses aren't HDTV friendly(depending on if your receiver/HDTV properly scales) so there are issues where the bios screen would not show up on a HDTV; easily solved by using a dvi/vga monitor. It looked like it didn' boot at first.
Summary: AMD, a company that once partnered with Intel. Anyways, I am a future technician and building a 2nd PC for myself to tinker with. My first build was Intel, Now lets see what AMD has to offer. This is one of the parts that came with my order, along with the case, PSU, and Asus motherboard. Shipping was great and on time as always. I overheard that people build PC's just for gaming. I think that's a load of bs.
Summary: I guess I have to say I've been using AMDs at home for fifteen years and never burned out a cpu (lots of other stuff, but not a cpu) so I figure why change. I have on my machine at work an I7 2500 which sells for $350 and the 3dMark11 score on this machine is 300. That's right, 300. This thing outscores it even before you put in a graphics card.
Pros: In Win8 this cpu seems to set itself by default to 4.3 Ghz. With no graphics card, by itself, it will get 1500 on 3dMark11. With HD 6670 in cross fire mode it scores 2560. If I overclock using ASUS software the 3dMark11 score goes down, so maybe not doing something right. Put it on an ASUS F2 A85 V Pro. You really want to go top end on the mobo so you have all the ports that make chip a flexible option for home theater. Don't scrimp on the mobo you won't regret it. Al...
Cons: I guess if you want to do well on benchmarks you're going to want to pop $500 or more on the best CPU and best RAM. I'm using the Radeon 1600 RAM (16 gigs). Win8 experience index score of current build is 7.0. To get higher on the benchmarks you have to throw a lot of money at the RAM and the CPU, near as I can tell, and overclock on top of it.
Summary: First the processor is very decent for the price and speed ur gonna get with this chip. You gotta ask yourself if you just want a media center pc with light gaming then this processor is great for you but if u want intensive high end gaming then its not. I for one did not do enough research myself and bought this processor because I was stuck with an FM2 board and this was the highest processor I could buy for my particular board.
Summary: I am an average gamer and mostly casual user as a college student. For my first computer build, this CPU was the perfect choice. I can do whatever I want to with this, and with 1866 8GB RAM it has run flawlessly. No games I have played (Warcraft 3, LoL, Counter Strike, Bioshock) have given me a spick of an issue. I am also running dual monitors. Wait for a sale and buy this thing!