on November 25, 2012
I specifically picked up this CPU due to the 65W rating. I replaced the 3 year old Athlon II x3 45W chip that was in my server.
I use this box as a Plex server, samba server, and Folding@Home machine. After two failed Blu Ray encodes on my desktop that tied it up for close to 10 hours running at full load, I asked myself why I could not do this on the server. The answer was the x3.
While Bulldozer was a nightmare, AMD did the right thing and based the new A series APU's on the newer Piledriver architecture. I won't go into boot times, but handbreak is showing between 180fps and 220fps on DVD rips under Ubuntu/Kubuntu. That is on par with my Phenom II x6 1090T under windows 7. Blu Ray rips are at 8 to 13FPS, about 5 fewer on average when compared to the x6.
Looking at the how this compared to the x3 that was in this box before, well there is no comparison. I can now transcode in real time, folding times are 1/3 of what they had been, and it only increased overall power usage from 109W to 119W at the wall.
I was going to skip Piledriver, but after this CPU I think I will actually look at upgrading the desktop to an FX-8350.
on November 16, 2012
I ordered this for a new HTPC build to replace an older one with stability issues. The box arrived a bit beat up, which made me a little nervous, but the APU has run great. I used an aftermarket cooler because the stock ones are never that great and I needed something very silent. So far the only thing I've really done to remotely tax it is ripping a blu-ray and it did a full rip to MKV in about 1.5hrs. Blu-Ray playback through the onboard video works great as well. I think it's a very good choice for HTPC builds that don't need the raw power provided by the latest greatest Intel chips.
Here is my build:
AMD A10-5700 APU
ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Motherboard
(2)4gig Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9 DDR3 1600 RAM
SAMSUNG 830 Series MZ-7PC128D/AM 128gig SSD
ZALMAN CNPS8900 Extreme 110mm Ultra Quiet Slim CPU Cooler
LG WH14NS40 Blu-Ray Burner
Rosewill Capstone-550-M Power Supply
on April 11, 2013
I ordered this on a gamble and it ended up working wonderfully. On HP's website they state that the model of AllInOne I purchased only goes up to an A8. This CPU along with the Zalman CNPS 8900 Extreme heatsink produces high frame rates in MassEffect 3 and DeadSpace 2 on max settings at 1080P. I had to cut a hole into the back plastic of the All in One to get the 60MM cooler to fit, but the performance out weighs the ugliness on the back. Lol
The HP All in One I ordered is from BestBuy and the model is 23-b034. The link below is for the exact one I bought. It was on sale for $600 and plus another $150 for the CPU/heatsink has created an amazing, energy efficient (~20 watts), light gaming computer with a 23inch 1080P screen. Ignore HP's upgrade information on their website because the A10-5700 has been working great with low temps (About 20-30C) for over a month now.
on June 6, 2013
Really surprised at the graphical capabilities. I used it to make a light gaming rig for my daughter. It has handle everything I've thrown at it including 3D games at low to moderate settings. Runs HD video with no problems. Was also surprised it's rated at 65w. I was able to buy a lower wattage, higher quality power supply for the rig.
on February 5, 2013
I purchased this processor because of its perfect price, performance, and efficiency. I wanted a low energy consumption processor to power a home server running several virtual machines. Right now, the processor is running 8 virtual machines without running into any performance issues.