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September 3, 2012
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I work with technology for a living between building computers, programming, working with cameras among other areas. Went out to build a computer for a friend and used this processor. Must say, great processor with a great price point. Performs better than I had anticipated for the build even handles video gaming.
Working with computers, this is a nice note for gamers on a budget. A processor with higher processing power (i.e. 3.4-3.6 ghz) per core rather than a higher number of cores is excellent for gaming. So I would highly recommend this for as I said, the gamer with a budget.
On the concept of basic use, very fast booting, opens programs immediately and manages all essential tasks wonderfully. Great overall performance from this processor.
I didn't want to buy this processor, just as a small note to be aware of when you read this.
I bought this processor to test a motherboard when my athlon 860k decided to die and newegg did not want to express ship me a new one. I notified my client who was paying for this computer and he was devastated to know that the 90 dollar CPU he paid for had just died and the only way to meet HIS deadline was to drop in a cheap 50 dollar processor. I apologize, ensured that the next time he came home we'd have everything fixed and he reluctantly accepted my offer of a new CPU cooler and replacement processor as an acceptable apology.
getting down into it, I fired up dying light with a R9 270 manufactured by HiS and i was delighted.
Pros 45 FPS on Dying Light at medium graphics 1080p 60 fps in league at all times video editing and encoding are better than his previous laptop beautiful audio quality with all FM2 processors
Cons: dual core causes weird anomalies that i don't notice when using a quad core(IE a missing tree here and there, less foliage density) bottlenecks the GPU slightly performance per watt is low compared to the newer iterations
All in all, I think this processor is a great buy for anyone looking for a cheap, budget minded gaming build for 720-900p gaming. when paired with a sub 150 dollar graphics card one can hope to achieve decent framerates and better-than-console gaming. However I would also recommend this as something for an average home user or someone who is going to use this for light media usage.
as of now I am waiting from a new athlon and will hopefully be doing my own review of that on here as well.
I like this APU. I ordered it as part of a HTPC build I started from scratch. I am not overclocking or doing any gaming on it. I am running Ubuntu 13.10 on this currently and it performs as expected, which is well. It is not as quick as some of the higher priced APU's/CPU's as expected, but that's not why I got it. It is not slow by any means either, is very responsive compared to other old hardware I have had, and have lying around. The integrated graphics and price of the APU are the main reasons I purchased this. The graphics work just as well as I need for simply streaming media from the internet and general playback of files on the computer. I can not comment on much else as that's really all I use it for. I think it is a solid CPU that will last a while and has a lot of good features for the price! I would recommend this item!
For what it's worth, my computer build is as follows: -Case - Rosewill Micro-ATX mini tower -PSU - Corsair 430W CX430 R -Motherboard - MSI socket FM2/AMD A75 -CPU - AMD A4-5300 APU -Ram - this Kingston Hyper X Blu 4gb module -HDD - Spare 100 GB HDD I had lying around.
I purchased the AMD A4-5300 APU for a home theater PC build which I was doing. I wanted a chip which had good CPU and GPU performance and at a low price point. If you desire quantifiable results in power draw vs. performance this review is not the place. I will expand upon my experience though.
As a HTPC chip this is a great option, in fact it is probably a little overpowered for probably most HTPC systems. I run XMBC and have been able to play any and every form of media from DVDs to 3D HD content. As a by product of using this processor I have been able to use my HTPC for gaming. I've been pleasantly surprised at the gaming performance which is offered by this low cost CPU/GPU. I have personally played Hitman Absolution, Ages of Empires HD, and Dishonored on this HTPC.
This processor is working great in my setup. I'm using it for a Windows Media Center PC. I'm running Windows 8 Pro. Here's my build, as that can be important to the overall success of how you use the processor.
Case: Apex MI-008 Mini ITX Tower Case w/250W Power Supply Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88X-ITX+ Memory: Kingston Technology Hyper X 4GBx2 1600MHz DDR3 KHX1600C9D3 Hard Drive: Seagate 2TB 3.5 7200RPM Optical Drive: LG UH12NS30 Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer TV Tuner: Ceton InfiniTV 4 PCIe
I'm sending the picture by Wireless HD to an Epson 3010e Projector. The whole setup runs very smooth. Prior to this build, I encountered a lot of lag using Windows Media Center. This new build with this processor is very smooth and responsive. I am very happy with this purchase.
I was hesitant in buying this baseline model of APU for my living room HTPC but GLAD i did. I have it set to high performance and can handle everything i've thrown at it. BR movies, DVD movies, and streaming WMC and using my XBOX 360 as an extender. it can handle it all. best of all it runs cool, i removed the other fan in my HTPC case and just run this fan with the CPU only and get 29-31c idle temp and 44c under load. I am very happy i did not buy the more expensive models of aPU and stuck with the entry level model which meets all my needs. Just dont try to transcode video it was not designed for it and takes forever, i have a FX-6300 for that