Summary: If your looking to build a nice budget minded gaming rig. I wouldnt hesitate to get this APU, just be sure to match it with a good aftermarket cooler and you wont be disappointed!
Pros: This is a update from my first review I bashed the cpu due to excessive heat issues while using the stock heat sink and fan. It now has a H80I cooling it and I must say this chip is really nice. It is very responsive and multi tasks at a very respectable level. This APU runs most games at around med to med-low settings at good frame rates very playable , just an all around great base for budget gaming pc!
Cons: The only real con I can say is I wish the stock heatsink and fan were up to the task of cooling this beast , and being that it is not I think they should sell it with out it. Only reason this didnt give it a full 5 star
Summary: I love these APU's. This seems to be the time of year that a lot of my family members come to me for PC upgrades. I've put together 4 of these systems and they have all been great for who is using them. Casual to low level gaming and email/ HTPC machines. Can't say enough good things about this package!
Summary: I used this APU for a friends gaming build. It was part of a system that only cost about $500 and its intended purpose was to compete against a console of the same price (Xbox One/PS4) the results were using the integrated graphics of the APU we would play just about any game on Medium/High settings at 720P
Cons: Arrived with a bent pin, though I fixed it (taking extreme care)
Summary: Anonymous said he wouldn't use this as a workstation, but the Solid Works score is very high, comparable to an i7 with a gaming GC. Of course a workstation card like the nvidia Quadro would be better than an APU, but you could add one to any build. For a budget minded consumer trying to edit video, this thing is the best you can get for under $1000 for a complete build.
Pros: -Great performance
Cons: None, maybe a better heatsink, but a good case can compensate.
Summary: This processor runs great! I put this on a "Gigabyte AMD FM2+/FM2 AMP-UP Audio OP-AMP USB DAP-UP UEFI DualBIOS ATX Motherboard GA-G1.Sniper A88X" and installed Windows 8.1 on a Corsair SSD and the system runs like greased lightning. Only hiccup was that Windows 8.1 couldn't find a driver for this processor/motherboard combination, and the enclosed driver disk for the motherboard also did not have a compatible driver.
Pros: This CPU is amazing with the proper drivers and software. I haven't done much gaming on it yet but as far as normal media center task it has done great. I run XBMC for this being my media center and my I7 laptop doesn't keep up with my new A10 7700 as far as speed opening and using XBMC.
Summary: When paired with a A88XM-PLUS/CSM, unboxing the A10-7700K was like letting a feral cat out of a sack. Other parts: ddr3-1600, hybrid hdd, pcp&c power The A88XM-PLUS/CSM features all of the overclocking settings you could need. It also has the requisite cooler for the (more than capable) 4+2 phase VRM. tl;dr; I pressed the 'OC Tune' button in the bios, rebooted, and here's the result. Results were obtained using the retail heatsink and TIM.
Pros: 1. Unlocked multiplier., 2. Compute performance., 3. GCN 2.0 (includes hw to improve multi gpu performance)., Integrated features (pcie3, trueaudio, hUMA, hQ, ddr3-2400, mantle).
Cons: 1. Some boards may not post with a Kaveri APU due to having an old Bios revision., 2. Dual graphics mode only supported with R7,R9 (for now)
Summary: Must use a 3rd party cooler such as Coolermaster Evo to keep temps down. People dog AMD for low benchmark numbers. Bottom line great APU for day to day desktop functions and surprisingly good for medium gaming.