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Pros: Great for people with a budget.
Low power consumption
Very cool operating temperature, quiet fan.
Excellent for streaming HD video, multitasking, and casual games.
Impressive for the price.
Cons: As expected you're not going to do any hardcore gaming on the APU alone. However with that said. It's capable of running these games on low to medium settings.
Some games will run on High and Max because they're not graphically intensive (Poker Night, The Wolf among us, Walking Dead)
Really, there's nothing bad to say for what you're getting. I'm impressed to see the advancements with APU technology.
Other Thoughts: I built for a friend looking to have a cheap media center, this processor was perfect for the price. Paired with an MSI A55m-E35 and 4gb 1600GHz RAM.
Some simple gaming tests when I got to play with it:
Skyrim on auto-detected HIGH settings: 22-30FPS
- Easily tweaked to gain 30+ FPS, very playable.
Battlefield BC2 on low settings multiplayer, 30-40 FPS.
Windows 7 Experience:
Gaming Graphics: 6.6
-Also tested with 8GB 2600 Gskill Trident X RAM
Bumped RAM to 7.9, and both Gaming ratings to 6.7
No real noticeable increase in FPS, maybe an extra 3-5 FPS. Probably better gains with higher-end APUs.
This review is from: MSI A55M-E35 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: -Cheap, good bang for your buck.
-Easy to use UEFI BIOS
Cons: -No USB 3.0..but this isn't a big deal to me.
-BIOS version seems to matter for newer FM2 processors, see other thoughts.
Other Thoughts: This is my first APU system built for a friend who was looking for a cheap media center at resolutions of 1920x1080. I paired it with an A4-6320 and 4gb 1600 Gskill RAM.
I also built this for long term use and future upgrades like an FM2+ processor and additional video card.
As an observation, the BIOS was not up to date. I'm not sure if this is related, but once I installed Win7 and ran CPUz, the CPU was only reaching 1.8GHz at full load. (even Win7 system information claimed it was a 1.8ghz processor) After flashing, it clocks at the normal 3.8GHz (4.0GHz with the OC genie)
Flashing was simple. Went to MSI and unzipped the file onto the root of a USB flash drive then used the UEFI bios flash utility.
Pros: My first SSD. This was an excellent choice in fulfilling my needs for solid performance and reliability. A year of daily use and it hasn't missed a beat.
Cons: None yet until it dies. You read about how other SSD's can bite the dust early, So take precaution backups like you should. This drive still has plenty to give.
Other Thoughts: I'm surprised how much the price has jumped. At the time the drive was only $90!
- OS: W7 64 bit pro cloned over from my original HDD.
- Windows Experience Index: 7.1
- "Tuned" with included Samsung software. (AHCI, Pagefile disable, Hibernation disabled..etc)
- Everyday use:
- Two cold boots everyday.
- Normally 7 to 8-hour up time. Sometimes all day.
- OS usage only, (gaming is done on separate HDD)