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Pros: *65w TDP allows for cool and quiet operation
*Quite Cooler worked well to keep temps via my Rosewill IR Thermometer @ 44c
*Handled Windows Updates, Installations, multiple apps with surprising ease! No slowdowns at all.
*Price was just right I'd say for this level of performance - this might be my new default Office / Work PC setup
Cons: *As with any other APU, apps seem to be way way off when trying to accurately read temps. You'll have to probably use a few and average them all out to get an accurate reading.
*Power consumption seems to go well over the 65w TDP rating of this chip. Intel & AMD use TDP differently. AMD's = Average while Intels is max useage.
Other Thoughts: Used this for a system upgrade for a client. It was time! Her previous build from me, circa 2007 or 08 was an AMD Athlon X2 BE-2300 @ 1.9Ghz, 2GB DDR2, Seagate 500GB HDD on Windows 7 Home 32Bit. It was to the point where after 5 minutes it still wasn't done booting. Was rough. So now... with the A10, an AMD Radeon R3 120GB SSD, 8GB DDR3 & a second WD 500GB drive for backup she's on cloud 9! Shes a basic user but values speed. Her upgrade budget was 400 or less and we were able to get this, Windows 10, Motherboard, Ram, SSD...for well under that.
Here are some power numbers measured via my P3 Meter at the wall. Power supply is a EVGA 430w 80+ Cert model.
Average Usage / Youtube 1080p Video: 48w
Norton Security Scan & Windows Updates Avg: 75w
3D Mark Vantage - 8083 Score
Min: 75w & 13 fps
Avg: 95w & 22 fps
Max: 103w & 27 fps
So there you have it. This little APU is great and should last a basic to medium PC users needs for quite some time. Def. Recommended.
Pros: - Semi Modular design is great for micro atx builds!!
- continuous running 120mm fan but fairly quite
- Solid construction & stable voltages
- Tons of connectors for everything - whatever you have it will power it.
Cons: - I've been running this CX450 for the past few weeks on my test bench powering an old PhenomII and still haven't seen any hiccups or problems with it. Corsair makes great PSU's so I don't foresee having any issues.
Other Thoughts: Wish I had more to say about this PSU but it's been great. It's honstly the quietest part of the test bench compared to the Chipset cooler, CPU cooler and video card. The Corsair fan completely outperforms all of them. My test rig which I've had lying around is a PhenomII X4 945 3.0ghz, 4GB Ram, nVidia GeForce GTX 285 running on a PNY SSD. So that's pretty good power draw even at idle and it's been great. Highly recommended.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Inexpensive
- Small USB, will easily fit beside other USB devices
- Works just fine on Windows 8.1 & Windows 10 machines but drivers WILL be needed
- No dropped connection during the 2 weeks of testing - very reliable
- 802.11AC throughput is phenomenal for such a small adapter!
Cons: - No 802.11n 2.4Ghz wireless capabilities - no, it will not see any G or N 2.4Ghz Based networks... AC Only
- Because of AC only - range will suffer a bit as AC isn't meant to give improved range over throughput
- Dislikes USB 2.0 ports on AMD APU based platforms / Seems to work fine on Intel Z170 Chipset USB 2.0
- Windows will not recognize this adapter out of the box - be prepared to install drivers
*this is more of an observation, but this little adapter seems to run hot. But after 2 weeks of constant use it hasn't been a problem
Other Thoughts: Testing was performed with the following devices. I use a Buffalo AirStation Extreme AC1900 router. I used my HTC One M7 with AC Wifi for comparison, and Speedtest.net for the results below.
Bedroom 20ft from Router in Living Room
TP Link Archer T1U -44 to -46 db 50.66 Mbps Down / 7.59 Up
HTC One M7 Phone -49 to -51 db 50.56 Mbps Down / 7.44 Up
Bathroom 30ft (farthest point + most walls in between device and router)
TP Link Archer T1U -57 to -69 db 16.80 Mbps Down / 6.19 Up ( first test timed out but news sites & youtube loaded slowly)
HTC One M7 Phone - 54 to -65 db 32.99 Mbps Down / 7.78 Up
Outside Back Deck Area 30ft
TP Link Archer T1U - 53 to -56 db 43.50 Mbps Down / 7.67 Up
HTC One M7 Phone - 54 to -60 db 57.59 Mbps Down / 7.80 Up
So there you have it. My home is a modest two story with close to 1600sq ft. of space and I was able to use my laptop in all areas of the house. So for an average home I think this little adapter would serve many of you quite well. If you are looking for range though you should look elsewhere. As it only sees AC networks you'll be disapointed if you need to go much further than 30ft or so from the router. But inside that range it's speed and reliability is very good. Remember, you need to have an 802.11AC based router, if your still stuck on N or any 2.4Ghz tech this is not the adapter for you.
With it only seeing AC networks I think this really limits it's usefulness. With it's lack of working well on USB 2.0 on AMD (who knows why) you can't really recommend it for older laptops that the Wifi Adapter have failed in to replace them. Most that old won't have USB 3.0 ports and those that do I really doubt their wifi cards have failed or will fail any time soon. Alternatively, most newer budget laptops only have N 2.4Ghz radios, so this would be a great way to upgrade that laptop to better utilize your 5Ghz AC network. If you need that extra network speed this is a great way to get there. Or, also a great alternative for a HTPC or Server that you want to keep close to the action but don't want to run an extra cable to have to deal with. I'd love to give it 5 stars but with the lack of 2.4Ghz and it's pickiness on AMD USB 2.0 ports I feel 4 is appropriate. But performance is there! Still recommended.