Summary: This processor is not bad for everyday use. Upgraded from a socket LGA775. Overall, it's a much better improvement from the noise to speed. Comes with the stock fan, which at first is a bit challenging to put since I usually get Intel CPUS. However, this is a great APU for everyday or light gaming.
Summary: This is a steal at under $50. I purchased it to upgrade an aging HTPC with weak video. Very happy at the price. Not sure if the BIOS video glitch is due to the board or the FM2 graphics. Graphics performance is very good. CPU speed is good but not great. It's a very good CPU for HTPC but power users will want a quad core CPU.
Pros: Inexpensive. Good value for basic home computing or HTPC use.
Summary: I needed a low powered processor for a bedroom media-pc and was debating whether to get a previous generation triple core A6 versus this new dual A4-5300. Granted, the A6 has a much better graphics (6530D) vs the A4's 7480D as well as having the benefit of a bigger cache but the A4's higher clock speed (3.4-3.6GHz) would probably fare better in single threaded applications compared to the A6's 2.1-2.4GHz.
Pros: Low power consumption, fast enough for my media pc requirements, cheap price (on sale)