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AMD A8-6500 Richland Quad-Core 3.5GHz Socket FM2 65W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD AD6500OKHLBOX

  • 32nm Richland 65W
  • 4MB L2 Cache
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Christopher K.
  • 9/16/2014 11:29:14 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLow power requirements!

Pros: - Is a CPU.
- Centrally Processes.
- The 65W power consumption is great compared with most other AMD products. That tends to influence me more than performance, and this has been working great for me so far.

Cons: As others have mentioned (and not just about this particular chip), the stock heatsink/fan that's included is pretty wimpy. I was idling around 40degC until I put an aftermarket heatsink/fan on it (concurrent with a case upgrade, too - I will admit that my previous case didn't have the greatest airflow). Now it sits in the upper 20s quite happily!

Other Thoughts: I use a discrete video card, so I can't comment on the integrated-GPU aspect of the CPU. I'm sure this thing isn't a performance monster compared to other, beefier chips (which might be in a similar price range), but to me the 65W rating is delicious and well-worth any hypothetical performance penalties I might be paying for it.

It's quite a bit speedier than my previous CPU, and easily drives the small amount of gaming I do (probably the most intense is occasional Witcher 2, quite smooth at 1080p), so it was a great upgrade for me.

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  • ROBERT R.
  • 8/21/2014 8:41:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest performance per watt per dollar out there

Pros: I LOVE this CPU. I did a lot of research before purchasing this CPU. I looked at AMD and Intel and this was by far the best performance per watt per dollar I could find (in the desktop arena).

Cons: Can get a bit loud (but only when it's pegged)

Other Thoughts: If you want extreme performance, look elsewhere. If you want the lowest power requirement, look elsewhere. If you want the best compromise between the two without breaking the bank, look no further. I promise you won't regret it.

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  • Brett L.
  • 8/16/2014 2:54:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsI think it's a good processor

Pros: I bought this PC (HP Pavilion) and it came with the A8-6500 APU... I haven't had much previous experience with the A-series but I'd say it works well.

Cons: Bottlenecks the crud out aftermarket GPU performance.

Other Thoughts: Take a look at the A8-6600K.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/7/2013 6:26:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent CPU

Pros: Works, not DOA. Honestly, not as strong as I though, but still an overall decent CPU.

Cons: Not as strong as expected. Ran Hot.

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  • Matthew C.
  • 10/20/2013 5:17:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs1000 points to AMD

Pros: I am a first time AMD buyer with this product and I am wholly impressed by the chip's performance. I installed this in a home workstation build and was pleasantly surprised to find out that it works for some casual gaming as well. So much for "workstation"...

Cons: Only supports memory speeds up to 1866mhz. Why didn't I buy the unlocked version? Had to do a light overclock to get my 2133mhz kit up to spec.

Other Thoughts: AMD should support higher memory speeds even on their lower end parts. They know as well as the community that higher memory bandwidth dramatically increases the performance of their on-die graphics.

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  • Wayne C.
  • 8/6/2013 10:58:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRichland APU

Pros: This is a very nice APU from AMD, easily comparable or better than most of the i3's and i5's from Intel.
Easily overclockable from the stock 3.5 GHZ to 4.0 GHZ by turning off Turbo Boost and just clocking it to it's turbo.
Preforms all recent games EXTREMELY well.

Cons: It only supports crossfireing with these three cards...
6670
6570
6450
It's such a new APU, I am surprised AMD doesn't allow the 7000 series cards into the picture.

Other than that amazing APU

Other Thoughts: Great Budget APU, great for a mid range gaming computer under a low budget.

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  • Seth J.
  • 8/2/2013 10:47:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggssame issue as the other 1 egg review

Pros: Quick APU when it works, low power. Easy install.

Cons: Much like the reviewer who gave this product 1 egg, I'm having the same issue, with the same software. As soon as anything uses the IGP (windows rating, xbmc, etc...) the entire machine shuts off. I have to completely unplug the device and change outlets to get it to turn on again. If I change any settings in the BIOS I get the same issue. Pretty annoying. My A10-6800k does not experience these issues in the same build/hardware.

Other Thoughts: No idea if a BIOS update can fix this, or if it's from a bad platter or what... Would be nice to have an easy fix.

Using Windows 8
Gigabyte FM2 Mini-ITX board
Samsung 120GB SSD

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  • Keith L.
  • 7/23/2013 5:51:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsInexpensive, low power, all-in-one processor does the job

Pros: The AMD A8 is the first processor I tried, which I did not install a dedicated graphics card. The performance under Windows 8 is good and the provided fan (though a bit on the small side) was adequate to cool the CPU. I had no trouble with the drivers in Windows 8.

Cons: The included fan could be a bit higher quality.

Other Thoughts: This is a great choice for a low power computer at a budget price.

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  • Yunzhi D.
  • 7/15/2013 7:04:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThe System Crashes

Pros: Looks okay from the spec, seems a good option to build a HTPC for the TV

Cons: With a Gigabyte A85XM-D3H MB and 2X4 GB Corsiar DDR3 Ram, the system is unstable in both Win7-64 or Win-8 64 systems. For example, whenever you try to run PC-Mark or "rate this computer", the system halt and gives no video signals. The power button and reset button on the case does not work in this case.. You have to switch the PSU off from the back..... I have checked the RAM, the new SSD, the Antec VP450 PSU and they are fine. The MB actually failed the first time and and I got it RMA back from Gigabyte tested. The cooler is a giant 12 cm cooler designed for 125W TDP (this is 65 supposed). The system can crash even running XBMC.... It is not a performance issue but more of a usable issue.. I guess nobody wants to have a HTPC and waits for it to crash at some point...

Other Thoughts: I have been trying to get an AMD platform since I got a 3770 platform for my main desktop last time. I have been trying to taste and promote both parties but it looks like AMD is falling in its standards along with its chipset and drivers etc... I can throw 300 bucks to get a i5+B85 platform to replace this disappointing AMD platform.

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  • Oma T.
  • 6/19/2013 4:43:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsDecent APU

Pros: Very fast and powerful, beautiful graphics and graphics performance with windows 8.

Cons: Bad graphics and graphics performance with windows 7. The person the system was built for, my brother, would have preferred windows 7.

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