and even ran Solid Edge ST7 pretty smooth. Throw in a graphics card (I got ...
Jimmy D "Jimmy", Amazon
2 weeks ago
Summary: If you're looking at this review now (April 2015), go ahead and get the newer APU, the A10 6800k if you can find it for under 110. This thing cannot be beat dollar for dollar. It's a beast at most things, and even ran Solid Edge ST7 pretty smooth. Throw in a graphics card (I got the R7 250X, though I regret not just saving and getting a 260X or better) and you'll run most games at a high framerate.
Summary: I swear this is as good as my friend's high level i5, or better at a fraction of the cost!!! It's fast, efficient, and gets the job done. I can never use more than 60% of my cpu even while throwing full loads at it. The stock heat sink keeps it really cool. I haven't tried OC but I don't plan to. It's plenty fast. XD Servers in games are great and lagless, and whatever you render is fast. Who needs intel. It's just a pricey name. Get this or something like it.
Summary: The Perfect Chip for a Home/Office build. Perfect. Runs quiet and cool, about 35.C. at idle with stock cooler. Windows Experience Index scores CPU at 7.3 and GPU at 6.9 (2D &3D). 3 Set-Up Tips: Pair with 1866+ Ram, and use an XMP profile in Bios to enable full speed. Unpark all Cores in the Registry for a big performance gain (no downside). Non-gamers; Disable `Turbo' boost, no hit to performance, saves power & heat.
Summary: We have this in several systems, a couple of our own, a few we put together for family members. It's fast, it works well and it always seems to be an excellent price for what you get. The only problem we've encountered is it at least appears to run hot with its stock cooler. To each machine we've added either the Cooler Master Hyper TX3 and T4 and it seems to do the trick. Even with that added it seems a good value.
Summary: Upgraded my HTPC with this CPU. Great functionality and speed for the HTPC. Had to switch to a Gelid Hero Heat sink and fan as the stock cooler let this jewel run to 70 degrees C running stress tests - so be for-warned. I could have insttalled Windows 8 but I opted to install Windows 7 and a new version of Linux called Peach OSI. I tried Linux MCE but it wouldn't run properly with this rig.
Summary: Great Chip for a general Home/Office computer. Windows Experience Index scored the CPU at 7.3, and GPU at 6.9 in both 2D & 3D. Set up tips; We used 8gb of 1866Mhz ram, most motherboards will recognize faster ram as 1600 by default, you must choose another (XMP) profile for it in Bios, nothing to type in manually.
Summary: First off, I would give it 4 stars, but since it's operating over its maximum temperature (74C+) for over 24 hours without noticing or shutting down on a high load, it deserves an extra one. I'm not even mad, that's impressive. The stock heatsink is horrible. Pros: - Perfect for SFF (small form factor case) mini-ITX setup such as HTC or a SOHO server. - 2 Core - 2 Threads per Core - Software & BIOS overclockable Cons: - A-Series run warmer than their i3/5/7 counterparts.
If you want to build a machine that has great overall performance
Amazon Customer "And now you know....", Amazon
20 December 2014
Summary: Here's the deal: If you want to build a machine that has great overall performance, and will play some newer games at low to medium settings, then buy this processor. It excels in that niche. If you're planning on building a gaming computer, I'd look into the Intel i3 4150. It's only dual core, but supports 4 threads, and will perform better in most games than this processor.