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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.
Pros: A very nice for the price board, 48 bones, if it works right out of the box! I use a trinity cpu, A6 5400k, and it booted right up with some ddr3 1333 mem I had laying around. After downloading win7.......er.......it stopped booting. Why...? See below. Was going to give it three eggs, but I like puzzles and I slept on it and then looked at it again and got it working. I can see why a whole lot of people without the extra parts that I have on hand could not get this to post. No amount of battery removal or cmos clearing worked worth the darn, and for that I am very disappointed.
It comes down to this board being very picky about memory. Just remember to get into the bios and follow what I wrote below!
Cons: Dear MSI. plz issue another bios update addressing the silly oc genie. It is what is causing a lot of problems when it is set to default in the bios! Also address the 8gigs of ram only showing 4 gigs useable in win7!! Actually 3.2 gigs useable. I tried using live update, but that's a joke, I was two versions down and it stated I was up to date. I will give MSI kudos for the ability to load the bios update on a fat32 thumb drive and using it as an app on the desktop. Never seen that before. Live update doesn't work at all when it comes to the bios!
Other Thoughts: First off, I bought this as a give away rig to rid myself of parts on hand. I threw in some gskill 1333 mem sticks, cause gskill always works on amd boards. It booted up the first time and I downloaded win7, but I noticed "oc genie is on" in the post screen. No problems I thought, I'm downloading win7. After win7 re-booted itself....no post! Installed gskill sniper 1866 mem sticks and it posted and I finished downloading win7 and a bunch of updates. As soon as I went into bios and adjusted the ram, no post. I then installed some silly corsair mem sticks and I got it to post again, and again it stated "oc genie is on"....so to make a long story short.....oc genie is set to default and it's trying to oc everyones memory from jump street and causing no post! If you buy this board and you get it to post the first time, hit delete and get into the bios and along the top of the uefi bios screen are three big buttons. OC Genie is on the right and standard is in the middle and green power is on the left. Select the standard button before proceeding. All the memory I tried before now works once I got back in and changed it to standard. All sets to 1.5v's and my 1866 mem sticks are running at 1866 due to intel xmp profiles. The problem is with MSI, but it can be corrected with another bios update.READ FULL REVIEW