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AMD A8-5600K APU 3.6Ghz Processor AD560KWOHJBOX

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  • Model: Quad-Core AMD A-Series APU Processor Model A8-5600K
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  • Frequency: 3.6 GHz
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AMD A8-5600K Quad-Core APU Processor 3.6GHz Socket FM2, Retail (Black Edition)

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Processor 3.6 GHz A-Series Quad-Core A8-5600K
Brand Name AMD
Item model number AD560KWOHJBOX
Item Weight 7 ounces
Product Dimensions 12.5 x 5 x 7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 12.5 x 5 x 7 inches
Color Black Edition
Processor Brand AMD
Processor Count 4
Computer Memory Type DDR3 SDRAM

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ASIN B0095VPAVE
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4.7 out of 5 stars 90 customer reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #399 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Components > CPU Processors
Shipping Weight 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available September 3, 2012

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This is a great product, at a great price. If you are looking to build a decent machine on a small budget, this is a great choice. If you want to build a powerful gaming machine, this isn't your guy. It won't give you bragging rights, and it won't run Crysis 2 at a bazillion fps, but it is fast.

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
Windows 8

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.
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WARNING: This review is very Linux-centric. If you're using Windows, This processor is A-OK. Buy it.

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.
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AMD's APU, short for accelerated processing unit, is a combination of desktop-class CPU and discrete-class GPU in a single chip. This approach allows for greater integration and brings forth a new class of computing platform with a phenomenal price-to-performance ratio. The A8-5600K is AMD's upper-range APU, featuring a "quad-core" CPU and Radeon 7560D GPU. The CPU portion of the A8-5600K is more or less on par with the Intel Core i3-3225, but graphics portion is nearly twice as fast as the top-end Intel HD4000. (As of this writing the i3-3225 costs ~ $35 more than the A8-5600K)

The A8-5600K can handle all common computing workloads including web browsing with dozens of open tabs, playing facebook games, watching streaming HD video, Microsoft Office and other productivity software, etc. It even supports playing modern 3D games with acceptable frame rates using low to medium settings and older games with the settings turned up. While the APU won't win any benchmark contests, it offers an unbeatable value for day-to-day general-purpose computing.

I built a computer around the A8-5600K for my grandparents and before giving it to them, I put this chip through its paces. My grandparents don't need a powerful GPU, which is the primary reason why I did not step up to the more powerful A10-5800K, and I did not go with a lower-spec APU since I use this computer from time to time and I enjoy the occasional casual game in the company of family. So far, nobody misses the old Pentium D 805 with nVidia GeForce 8400gs that was replaced!

Overall, I'm impressed by the A8-5600K and I enjoyed my time with it.
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I was wanting to build a PC primarily for use with Adobe LightRoom5 and Photoshop CS6 with my major goal to upgrade my disk system to SATA-III Reading the CPU review tables on TomsHardware.com I found that the processor just above this one (A10-5800k), when running PhotoShop, was in the top 6 with the other 5 being Intel's at more than twice the price. Turns out CS6 was optimized to use the on-board GPU. The A10 was $140 but the A8 was only $90. Saved that $50 to spend in drives. The built-in GPU is awsome as well. I do some gaming, mostly Counter-Strike:Source and this APU turns in 135fps in game whereas my old box barely manager 25fps with a dedicated card. It may not be the latest or greatest, but it does what I need (And does it well) for not a whole lot of money.
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