Summary: Using this as a 24/7 dvr/htpc file server. Records/plays 5 hd video streams from 2 different tuners without a hiccup or getting very hot. In fact, I have yet to hear the fans step it up a notch. Glad I didn't spend more money, this is more than adequate.
Pros: I chose this piece to do my first official Newegg review, so here we go
Cons: After a long time (2+ hours) on a game or heavy web browsing, my temps will start to climb to the 140-150° F range, and it makes me nervous sometimes. I am using the stock cooler for now, so chances are anyone with an aftermarket one won't have this problem.
Summary: PM'd to 100$. Paired with an MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 which can handle up to 100W chips so was able to play with overclocking in the BIOS for this non-Black edition APU just a little bit but didn't play too much as I did not get an after market cooler so don't know how far I can push this bad boy yet. All-in-all, I am impressed with this APU off the get go. This is just a basic build for a friend who is completely satisfied with performance at stock speeds.
Pros: Low price for a quad core APU. Overclockable even though not the Black edition.
Cons: Really really cheap stock cooler, to the point of being unsure if it will keep this chip cool even at stock speeds...
Summary: I picked this up when I decided to build a new server. Performance is more than acceptable. Haven't tested the graphics, but I didn't buy it for that. Handles two simultaneous streams and real time transcoding in plex without issues. Low heat.
Summary: This APU is great for FreeNAS using ZFS and encryption. I get roughly 115MB/s with full zpool encryption. It may not sound like much but for the price it performs very well. The built in (albeit slow) video helps if you have no intention to use the video for serious gaming but if you do I would suggest this board: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A2VJIQE/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i02?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and a case that can allow you to add a GPU.
Summary: Put this motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-D3H together with AMD A8-5500 APU 3.2Ghz Processor with 8 g ram. this rocks. It make my Linux Mint 14 run like a dream. Oh when you run a VirtualBox for Linux, this processor handles it with no problem. the speed is great. A home run.
Pros: I have to say every desktop and server I have ever built in the last 10 years has been the other brand CPU. I am very impressed by the ease of installation of the AMD cpu. I was unsure because it was a PGA type CPU that it would be easier to damage. But I am very impressed by the overall design of these CPUs. Someone with out much or any tech experience could install these without any fuss.
Pros: This thing seems to run cool and perform pretty hot. I am not really pushing it, but stays cool with stock fan and performance seems very good. All for 65W power for CPU & graphics and a cheap price
Cons: Not as fast as the latest, but uses less power
Summary: For the price (I got mine used for under 70 ) it's very fast. I've only played Skyrim on between high and medium with it so far but it did well even with the low end GPU on the chip. The game suggested high settings but I didn't like the frame rate so I turned it down a bit. I may pair it with a HD 6570 later for dual graphics for a nice boost. The 6570 is cheap, and one of only two recommended for this APU if you want to do dual graphics.