AMD A6-3500 APU with AMD Radeon 6530 HD Graphics 2.1/2.4GHz Socket FM1 65W Triple-Core Processor - Retail AD3500OJGXBOX
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- Unrivaled, discrete-level DirectX 11-capable graphics and powerful AMD processor technology combined on a single chip.
- Unlike the competition, AMD A-Series APUs discrete-level graphics cores stay on when paired with select AMD RadeonTM HD 6000 series graphics cards.
- Dual-graphics capability enables improved speed, enhanced resolution and fast frame rates.
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I was worried at first that the stock heatsink/fan would be too loud for an HTPC, but I was wrong. Even under full load, this thing is quiet and cool (I can barely hear it unless I put my head right next to the case). I think this is in part due to the fact it is only 65W TDP. Having the three cores is a nice bonus (would have bought the 4-core with 65W TDP if I could find it for sale...), but the three cores are more than enough for all multimedia, browsing the Internet, decompressing files, etc. Blu-Ray playback is butter-smooth as is all multimedia I've thrown at it.
All in all, a perfect processor/GPU combination for a great price that does everything I wanted it too very smoothly.
My HTPC build for those who are curious:
APEX DM-317 mATX Case w/275Watt PSU
ASUS F1A75-M Pro Motherboard
AMD A6-3500 APU (these APUs are perfect for HTPCs...get the lower TDP ones like the 65W to keep things cool and quiet)
Crucial 64GB m4 SSD (not really necessary, but the boot time is literally like 10 seconds)
2x Old MAXTOR 160GB SATA drives (RAID 0)
LG Blu-Ray Burner (not sure which model, I bought it like 2.5 years ago)
8GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz DDR3 (for 64bit Windows 7 Pro)
Enermax UC-8EB 80mm silent case fan
As regards productivity I have had no issues with APU performance. All of my office utilities load up lightning fast and I have had no crashes. Driver support is flawless in Windows 7. Just make sure to go online and install the latest drivers / Catalyst software directly from the AMD website; there is no need for third-party driver download software. As regards image software, I use GIMP for graphics editing, and this APU works wonderfully. Web browsing is fast, and DirectX support is up to date. Picasa software works lightning fast - no complaints here.
As for videos and entertainment, please note that I am not a gamer. I do watch 720p and 1080p h264 and x264 videos, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this to fit into my HTPC since it was a good price. Decent speed, easy to install, and again a great price.Published on January 8, 2014 by brownsfan68
Very powerful APU! This is the heart of the HTPC I built to run XBMC on top of Windows. Runs Windows 7 without skipping a beat! Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by SouthernHeaven
The product was received as ordered,sealed, promptly, and secure, very satisfied, I would recommend to all my friends and familyPublished on May 14, 2013 by Juan Cruz
This is my running my NAS system. It has been going great for the past couple months. The NAS is always on and is active quite a bit. This thing has kept up without missing a beat. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by J. S
Works great for a low budget htpc build. Running for about two months with no problems. Bought several more for simple work builds. Stock fan works fine but a little noisy.Published on January 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
It works despite what is thought about it and it is faster as well. It is very dependable to say the least despite its cheaper construction.Published on January 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I was looking for a low power CPU and ended with this APU that says 65 watts. It runs very cool and under Windows 8 the speed while idle is just 0.80 GHz !!! and goes up to 2. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by Ernesto Ortiz Montella
I bought this to run an ESXI host on the cheap for some test virtual machines. It is currently running a 2012 server, 2008r2 file server, windows 7, and a pfsense box without any... Read morePublished on December 18, 2012 by Brian Buresh
I bought this to build a HTPC and was hoping that I'd be able to get a SteamBox out of it as well. I didn't get a SteamBox, but I got a great HTPC. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Amazon Customer