- 28nm Kaveri 95W
- 2 x 2MB L2 Cache
- AMD Radeon R7
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Finally, a good AMD chip! 02/15/2014
good integrated graphics
good CPU performance
built for overclockers
Why does AMD still use pins instead of pads?
only available drivers were still in beta
I prefer giving buisness to AMD and a separate graphics card just wasn't practical for this build. I was able to overclock this on stock volts to 4.4Ghz, but backed it down to 4.2 just in case. (Baby's first overclock)
The GPU performance was terrible at first. Starcraft II couldn't hit 60fps unless settings were all set to low. I installed the ram into every other slot (spacing between them) and that helped for some weird reason, but when I over clocked that to 2400, THAT made the difference. Do not underestimate the impact of speedy ram on the GPU. I was able to overclock the GPU to 900 easy and wow, what a difference that made too.
This is the first time I have had an AMD chip since the old Athlon/xp/64 days and felt I made a good decision. This feels like an average intel in day to day use, but the graphics, while no replacement for a dedicated card, have some real muscle to them.
The only reason I complain about the pins vs pads is i dropped it while opening the package and had to bend a pin straight again. Seriously AMD, enough with the pins already.
I didn't try the stock cooler. AMD hasn't made a good heatsink since the Phenom II 955.
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