Summary: For a 65w apu... lthis one really rocks. Just make sure to throw in some nice ddr3-1866 ram, and use the latest final AMD video drivers, and if possible go with windows 8.1, this chip LOVES 8.1. Very impressed with the speed overall.
Summary: Bought this to replace the A4 that powered my media PC. The cheap A4 was great at streaming 1080p video off the internet but couldn't cut it when it came to higher bit-rate bluray rips. This A8 handles any media I throw at it and stays nice and cool in the process. It has no problem with 20mbps video files.
Summary: This is a great APU. The iGpu works well, I am able to play Crysis one no problem at a decent frame rate with the right settings. I wasn't expecting this system to perform that well. As for the CPU side of things, it is decent. Windows 7 will run alright if you keep it running light. With added bloat this CPU struggles a little. Honestly, when I bought this I was expecting the CPU to be better and the iGpu to be worse.
Summary: I bought this to run a new HTPC. I was new to HTPC and set up a Plex server. Initially this guy ran great when I was watching movies internally. Then I started sharing my library with family and it would stutter while trying to transcode to a remote site and play 1080p locally. The server is running a plethora of services as well as the theater oriented stuff so to be fair I wasn't surprised. Transcoding can be pretty hard on a cpu.
Summary: This APU runs very very hot. Buy an after market cooler if you know whats good for you. I have the Noctua M-ITX silent cpu fan. Works well in my tiny PC. Be aware that your BIOS could report the wrong temps. There is issues with the temps being incorrect on these APUs. Runs at about 38 idle and 60 load.
Summary: Great choice for a general/htpc. Primarily used for web browsing, office, and media playback, but I wouldn't be surprised to see this handle some newer pc games as well. Your money will go a long way with this purchase.