Summary: I bought this chip for a cheap work build as a software engineer that could do some lower-end gaming and this chip really produces much better results than I thought. I can run many games with much higher settings than I assumed without any hiccups. My only issue with this APU is that the stock cooler that comes with it just does not do its' job. It was running at 60 celsius just at the BIOS.
Liking the CPU, but why the cheap heat sink and fan AMD?
25 November 2013
Summary: I love this CPU it has everything I need except for cool air. The heat sink is just a piece of aluminum with no copper base, and the fan is below par. I would give this 5 stars, but the heat sink/fan combo AMD slapped together is junk. I went over the danger zone playing Minecraft today at 84 degrees C. Planning on putting in a Cool Master 212 EVO on it tomorrow.
Summary: For the price, AMD produces some great products. They aren't always the most powerful or the most energy efficient. But for certain uses, their products make the most sense. In terms of this CPU, it was a perfect choice for a small HTPC. Video streaming through Plex works great and overall Windows 7 feels fluid with just 4GB RAM. Although outside of Plex and streaming, I don't do much on it.
Summary: This is a good APU if you wanted to build a budget gaming system for now and upgrade to dual or dedicated graphics later. I haven't tried more taxing games like BioShock Infinite or Crysis 3 yet, I don't believe Metro Last Light will run on this IGP, but GRID2, BF3, and Simcity run fine at medium settings and 720p. 3DMark11 scores for the APU combo is P1150. Note that demanding games will heat up this APU.
Pros: Good budget APU, Very capable integrated graphics
Summary: I love the performance, although i dont use it for gaming. I do have multiple virtual machines running and it works great. I think the only thing i dont like is the noisy fan that come with it. I should have bought another fan...but thats it....I definately do recommend this APU.
Summary: WARNING: This review is very Linux-centric. If you're using Windows, This processor is A-OK. Buy it. TL:DR: The Linux Video Driver sucked. It doesn't now. Buy it. What I like: The price is right. You get decent 3D graphics and a workable CPU for a (relative) small amount of money. The chip does do some mild overclocking.