- AMD A-Series A4-5000 (1.50GHz)
- 4GB Memory 500GB HDD
- AMD Radeon HD 8330
- 1366 x 768
- Windows 8
Good laptop; shoddy AMD drivers 11/30/2013
The quality of the laptop is superb. The overall build and quality of the laptop itself is wonderful, akin to a 600 dollar laptop (bought this for 270 dollars on Black Novermber).
-APU: The AMD A4-5000 is a trooper. It handles multitasking perfectly, for browsing and everyday computing, it can't be beat for the price. At the 300 dollar price point, you can't get an i3 (which is what this competes against) unless its on special.
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-iGPU: 8330g on this li'l tugger handles all modern games on the absolute lowest setting at a steady 25-27 fps (which is considereed playable) very impressive for a laptop this price. Keep in mind that a 720p resolution was used to achieve the +20 fps, anything lower is considered unplayable. (go down to 600p for better performance at the cost of quality).
-RAM: 4gb 1600 ram gives the igpu the juice it needs. Not much to say.
AMD Overdrive does not recognize this APU, nor does the AMD Catalyst drivers for use with overclocking... It is to be expected since this is a mid-range mobile APU, one shouldn't tamper with such low tdp (25w). I honestly think however that overclocking both the gpu a healthy 50-70 Mhz would do no harm to the laptop overall, even over long periods of time.
Once again; AMD fails at driver recognition... maybe this time it was inteded as a "better safe than sorry" motive.
I recommend the A4-5000 to anyone that has a gaming pc at home with all the bells and whistles, and just wants something that will handle all the school/homework on the go AND will also handle World of Warcraft, Minecraft, hell even skyrim (yes, skyrim) at low low LOW yet playable settings.
Don't go in expecting a lot from the APU in this laptop, and you'll be surprised, I promise.
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