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Pros: Looks good and it's from Zalman. Other then that.....hmmmmm?
Cons: Not enough data, not enough pictures, here on the egg and on the zalman website. Not enough info either.
Other Thoughts: Please provide all the spec's for this psu and lots of pictures. I need a modular psu in the gold standard, but I need spec's and pic's to help me with my build.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I have built business rigs using the quad apu's, but I never tried the dual core apu's. This is the lil 'u' that can! It's not a quad, but it's not a hundred dollars (hollar) either. Very capable and easily a very capable business client alternative. It does only have 1MB L2 cache and you will notice that difference if you're use to running quads. As for the graphics......I can't tell the difference between this and the A8 5600k except in loading times in games. see below.
Cons: Nothing for the price.....except everything should come with complimentary beer. This did not.
Other Thoughts: I tested this cpu on starcraft (original) broodwars and starcrat II wings of liberty. The first starcraft wasn't even a challenge. Wings of liberty did not load anytime soon with this chip, but when it did finally load, the graphics and game play were right there hanging with the quad apu's and a rig touting a dedicated graphic's card, all at 1080p!!!
The graphic's were that of a dedicated vid card! Impressive! Just slow on loading the maps. I mean, slow.
I use an ole first addition phenom hs/fan, all copper bottom with heat pipes and it will not go over 95f with amd cool and quiet while playing this game. I didn't play online, but as you know you have to log in to play.Just like xbox 360, that's what I compare this to. Newer titles? Doubt it. If it can play SCII then I know it can play WOW and league....just slower start up's! Does the new xbox use amd? I can see why if they do! I am using this for netflix and surfing, nothing else.......just impressed with SCII for 55 bucks!
MSI A55M-E33 (if this were for gaming I would have bought an A75 board minimum!)
8gigs gskill sniper 1866 mem
seagate 500gig hdd
some 15 dollar (hollar) dvd writer thing
some ole 650w psu
Apex TX-381 case
An ole WD 160gig sata hdd for storage/backups
Pros: 'K' model', if that's what tickles you, I liked the price and the fact the the integrated graphics are very capable for anything but gaming. I have built apu rigs using the quads and found them to be very awesome indeed! This? It's right up there next to awesome, but one step down at 'just super'!! I wanted to see if these lil dual cores would make good workstations or not. This is very capable as a workstation running proprietary software at a small business.....even large. If all any computer does is get files from a server or watches Netflix or surfs the web......This is all you need!! Amazing for the price.
Other Thoughts: If you are use to running a quad core with lots of L2 and L3 cache, or even a dual core with lots more L2 cache, you will notice a lil difference using this cpu. Doesn't take much to tax this cpu out, send it right on up to 100% or close to it.
It was designed to be just a cut above a laptop with integrated graphics. This will beat a laptop any day. WEI it gets 6.9 for cpu performance (dismal) and 6.3 gaming. I had some stuff opened when I ran that test though. Still, it works better then a laptop imo. It's snappy, but not as snappy as any of my other rigs with large L2 and L3 cache on the cpu. This is what it is, a video watching/websurfing
giant. I haven't overclocked yet, but I installed an early phenom cpu hs/fan with the all copper bottom and heat pipes and it doesn't get over 90f on stock voltage and clocks......so some oc'ing may be In the near future, but I don't need to for what my girl friend will be using it for.