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Pros: So my just over 3 year old ASUS Mobo failed recently and after looking at alternatives to use my old components I decided that going new components + APU made more sense. I am replacing a AMD 740 Heka 3.0GHz processor, was a triple core, but unlocked to quad core. Was a fine processor for what I needed it for. This is truly overkill, it is being used to run a HTPC that is used for NetFlix and some HD video playback, but it was nice to be able to salvage my CPU, Graphics Cards(GT 240) and RAM to cover some of the upgrade cost.
Performance so far has been great. I have not watched any shows/movies with it yet, but had NetFlix streaming with no issues. I know that Intel still has an edge on AMD in overall performance, multitasking, gaming, etc, but AMD sure nailed it for people that don't need all that and are looking for an affordable yet very capable set up.
This offers a solution for that at a much lower cost and I can't see that there is anything that I am missing for what I need it to do.
Cons: None at this time.
Other Thoughts: I almost decided to save a few bucks and go with the 5400 or the 6400, both dual core offerings at 65w rather than 100w, but the 6400 doesn't have the GPU information listed, even on the AMD website and I figured for the few extra dollars it was worth going quad core.
Newegg had a special promo that made it a pretty sweet deal and with how affordable these FM2 processors are I am fighting the urge to upgrade a few more of my rigs. We have a FM1 setup in our bedroom that has been great for what we need it to do, but better GPU and fast CPU is tempting.
Pros: Time will tell, but these went into my new rig with no issues. Very asthetically appealing heat sink, just a clean but sharp design. I don't have clearance issues at the moment, but may end up installing an aftermarket cooler, which would need to be low profile, which means it would probably infringe on the RAM space.
I like the lower voltage and the tight timings. Reality is that they will probably overclock with some tweaking, but I am all for lower power consumption and don't need blazing speed for this application. Lower voltage = lower heat. I am going from 2GB of DDR2, so it is a huge upgrade overall and all that it needs to handle is Netflix for my boys and a few shows/movies for my wife and I.
Cons: None at this time.
Other Thoughts: I think this is a safe bet for any build. The RAM I have in my current PC is looser timings at a higher frequency, but 1.65v. I would rather pay a few dollars more for the lower timings and knowing that there is still room to increase frequency if I really wanted to.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Suprisingly small board, used two less screws than the previous Micro ATX board it replaced used, looking at the specs it is an inch narrower than most other Micro ATX boards. I have not utilized all the available connections, I have a card reader and a USB 3.0 HUB coming that will help complete my build. Otherwise there was plenty of options with 6x SATA, 2x 2.0 USB, 1x 3.0 USB on board, HDMI works great, really wish it had 2 more USB ports instead of the standard PS2 mouse and keyboard connections, but whatever 2x 2.0 USB and 2x 3.0 USB on the back is fine, as I will be adding 2 more 3.0 and 1 more 2.0 USB ports with the card reader and HUB.
This is being used in an HTPC setup for our living room and is definitely more up to date than the previous build. Hoping this one outlasts the ASUS board that it is replacing, which died at just over 3 years of use.
Cons: None that I could find while putting everything together. I didn't go for the next model up, as I didn't see the need for 2 extra RAM slots or an extra PCI-E slot for Crossfire, as of now I have been satisfied with the performance of the APU for what we need it to display and I am sure there are plenty of graphics cards that could upgrade its performance, but it is not necessary for what I need it to do.
Other Thoughts: Little things, the front panel connectors were off just a little from the case connectors, the PWR LED is a 3 Pin from the Case and only has 2 Pin on the board, but whatever, the lights are annoying for our build, so nothing lost, nothing gained. I just switched the PWR and the HDD connectors, whatever.READ FULL REVIEW