AMD Black Edition 3.6 GHz Processor AD560KWOHJBOX
|CPU Model||A-Series Quad-Core A8|
|Processor Speed||3.6 GHz|
|Processor Socket||Socket FM2+|
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- Processor Type: AMD A series A8-5600K
- Number of Cores: Quad-Core
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My config is as follows:
MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 mobo,
Corsair DDR3 1600 (so I'm probably at the low end here)
SAMSUNG 830 Series 128GB SATA III SSD(not Samsung's latest, greatest)
Seagate Barracuda 1TB SATA III drive
The SSD probably helps, and I think Windows 8 has also improved performance,
but I have never had a system this snappy. Not even my Macbook. Starts up quickly,
within 8 seconds after the Mobo splash screen(need to see if I can get a faster post on the Mobo)
Click on the browser, boom it's up.
Start a game, instant response. No lag in any of the games I have run so far, but I haven't
done much yet. Tried a DVD with Handbrake. Not very impressive, but I wonder if there are just certain limitations with decoding. Maybe I will update this review with some game specifics.
Installs easily, includes fan and thermal paste.
Stock fan is fine for me, but I haven't checked temps while running games.
Haven't tried overclocking.
I can supposedly add a GPU(this APU supports Crossfire)
So it runs great, room for upgrading, and all at a reasonable price.
<edit> I should add that I dual boot with Linux Mint, and it works fine with Mint - didn't have to add any driver.
I went to those sites with lists of winflops or whatever they are called looking for a CPU that could outperform my old one and cost around $100. I found this one to be high on the list for the lowest price.
This thing speed steps to save you money. If you are taxing it the computer runs at 3.8 Ghz... hey! Wait! I think my motherboard is running this thing .2 Ghz higher than normal. It is keeping a cool 30 degrees Celsius so no complaints! But when I am not doing anything it runs at 1.4 Ghz to save mad cash on the electric bill.
I have it paired with an MSI motherboard that had 1 HDMI, 1 DVI and 1 VGA port. I used an HDMI to DVI cable to have this run my dual monitors that both have DVI inputs. It is working sweet. So good in fact that I sold my video card for $100. So it paid for my CPU!
I love you Amazon!
TL:DR: The Linux Video Driver sucked. It doesn't now. Buy it.
What I like: The price is right. You get decent 3D graphics and a workable CPU for a (relative) small amount of money. The chip does do some mild overclocking. I gave the gpu a +40mhz boost to round it to a cool 800mhz, which made a difference in some 3D accelerated Linux apps: No problems or complications doing that (but that depends on your motherboard). The CPU performance is fine. I used this to replace an aging Intel C2D 7300 and it does handle the workload thrown at it efficiently. I'm able to do XBMC HD playback all while file serving and running other daemon processes in the background with no noticeable issues. Plus the chip is power friendly at idle and doesn't often break past 15-35% CPU on day to day usage.
What I don't like: AMD really needs to make some improvements to their video drivers, Linux in particular. Steam for Linux is problematic on their current release video driver and requires (as of 4/14/2013) a beta driver to work normally. Plus you have to do some console commands to force permanent overscan correction, even though the AMD Catalyst Command Module for Linux allows you to dial in your setting there. It SHOULD save... but doesn't. That, as the kids are saying, is ratchet. I have an AMD A10 that I use for a Windows 8 light gaming box, so I can vouch for the Windows video drivers being better. So MOST of you won't have a problem with this (98.83% of you, to be exact). However it is annoying. Plus don't get me started on the issues AMD has with Crossfire, if you do plan on pairing the APU's iGPU with a discrete GPU for better gaming performance. Also it would be nice to see more software take advantage of the OpenCL capabilities of the iGPU to really leverage the iGPU's power. This isn't really a problem with the chip per se. But when you do use OpenCL apps, this processor does shine really well along with every other chip in the AMD Virgo family. It makes a difference when using video transcoding apps like Handbrake and (eventually) the Adobe Software Suite.
What I can't talk about: The stock cooler. I actually used a closed loop water cooler on this thing. Overkill? Probably. So I can't vouch for how good or bad it is. If you ever get the option to buy this thing OEM (w/no cooling fan) for $10 cheaper, that's the route to go.
Overall: I actually do recommend this processor, linux driver issues aside, if you're looking to build a modest PC that has enough oomph to do basic tasks without limiting yourself too much with a "dual core" A6 or A4. The iGPU on the A8 isn't too far behind the A10's in performance benchmarks if you do have a desire to game on it. Same is to be said about straight CPU performance as well. I guess it boils down to your budget and if you want to pony up more cash for a few more FPS. The biggest place you get gimped on this chip is shader count in comparison to the A10, but it doesn't make that much of a difference. So if you're not gaming, this is a solid processor to buy.
UPDATE: 7/11/2013 - AMD Catalyst Linux drivers have been updated. Steam for Linux works properly. Dialing in the overscan correction from Linux Catalyst Control Center works properly.
Side note - I highly advise downloading the video driver directly from AMD and installing via command line rather than use any linux driver installer. Just throwing that out there..
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1life PSJet 450w PSU (from the cheap ones, this is probably one of the best. Been using one of these for over two years without any issues on another computer)
A8-5600K with GPU overclock to 894 mhz with 768MB for the graphics
Crucial 2x2GB DDR3 1600mhz RAM
Uses 105 watts under 100% CPU load (all cores)
A few things for anyone thinking of building an APU system:
- Always get two modules of RAM: Don't get a single 4GB or 8GB module. System and Gaming performance is much better if you use two modules (working in dual-channel).
- Try getting at least 1600mhz RAM. I worked with it for a few days using 1333mhz RAM and it worked great but with 1600mhz I managed to increase the resolution in, for instance, Civilization V. Regarding the amount of memory, I have 4GB installed with 768MB allocated to the graphics card and the remaining 3.25GB for the whole system. No slowdowns though.
- To check the APU temperature, use Hwmonitor or Hwinfo and check the CPU:0 temperature.
- If you want to overclock, don't use a VGA cable to connect to your monitor. After a certain overclock, the screen will flicker and you will start getting "Out of Range" messages displayed by your screen. I have overclocked to 4.0GHZ using the VGA cable but 4.095 GHZ would give the "Out of Range" error.
Also, if you are deciding between the A8-5600K and the A8-6500, I would go for the latter. Uses less power (all 4 cores under 100% load, the 6500 system I have uses 85 watts and the 5600K system uses 105 watts, at stock) and the performance is very similar (graphics should be just a tiny bit better on the 6500, same with the cores). Unless you want to overclock, if you do, then go with the A8-5600K.
Hope this helps!
I have previously built 3 PC's my last build being Dec 2007. I bought Computer Shopper magazine April 2014 and started with their recommended buys. It is important not to get too hung up on the tendency to think only the very top rated components are required. A good+ modern spec component is probably as good as the worlds best of 2 years ago.
I am not a gamer, more a power user with twin LCD monitors and a few old favourite games and MS Flight Simulator. My aim was to build a whisper quiet desktop rated 10 times faster than my current system with future proof motherboard, all this for around £350 without the screen. I have no desire to overclock the components
I kept my 2 existing 500gb and 320Gb HDDs. However with Windows 7 the new hardware means the operating system has to be reloaded from scratch. There is no loss of data but it took me at least 7 hours to load from DVD and download hundreds of patches, fixes and updates.
To compare systems my 2007 (Top of the range) Pentium D 3.00GHz twin core CPU is rated a 648 and the new AMD A8 5600K is rated at 4361. My old PCi Graphics card is rated at 52 and new Onboard AMD CPU Radeon HD6570 graphics scores 662.
I believe there's enough performance overhead to see out my current setup (Asus A88XM-Plus, 8gb Corsair memory), especially since I don't bother with games etc.