Date Joined: 01/06/04
Pros: Decent amount of processing power, single-slot cooler, low profile
Cons: Not the fastest card in the world, but good for its size
Overall Review: It seems to run very cool, but I haven't taxed it hard yet.
I'm using this in Hybrid CrossFireX with an AMD A6-3500 APU (recognized as a Radeon HD 6530D). AMD says to plug your monitor into the higher-numbered adapter (in my case, this 6570). However, on my Asus F1A75-I Deluxe, I had to plug my monitor into the onboard graphics adapter and set the primary device to integrated graphics before CrossFire would work.
Pros: Great features in a small package. Integrated WLAN saves on an expansion slot or USB port. Bluetooth is cool, but I'm not using it right now. I couldn't find an Intel-based board with SATA 6Gb/s, RAM speed over 1333, and onboard WiFi. The RF remote is a neat feature compared to the more common infrared variety, but read on...
Cons: The remote left some to be desired. I did manage to get it working alongside a keyboard and mouse (check out StayPuff's review if you're having trouble), but my computer will not sleep with the wireless receiver plugged in. The remote's compatibility with media programs is also limited; I was not able to use it in Media Center, WinDVD, or PowerDVD.
When using the APU for graphics, I initially had trouble getting the computer to sleep. It kept locking up on sleep, then saying the memory configuration had changed when forced to restart. I solved this by switching the integrated graphics to Force and allocating a static amount of system RAM graphics purposes.
Overall Review: Save yourself a little headache and make sure you set the SATA controller to AHCI instead of IDE before you install an OS.
AMD's marketing sold me on the Hybrid CrossFireX idea, but it took some legwork to get it set up. I'm using an A6-3500 APU (comes up as Radeon HD 6530D graphics) with a Radeon HD 6570 card. AMD says to plug your monitor into the adapter with the higher model number (in my case, the discrete 6570). I couldn't get CrossFire to work, even with the APU-based graphics set to Force in the BIOS. I had to plug the monitor into the integrated graphics and set the primary graphics device to IGFX in the BIOS, but then CrossFire kicked in right away. I was skeptical, but it actually showed improved benchmark scores over either the APU or the discrete card on its own.
Pros: Great speed and latency at low voltage. Runs rock solid and cool.
Overall Review: On my Asus F1A75-I Deluxe, it defaulted to the correct speed and latency, but the voltage defaulted to 1.65V. I manually set it to the specified 1.5V right away and have had zero problems.
I'm using this in a cramped HTPC, so the 1.5V design is nice for lower power requirements and heat generation.
So far, Kingston has never let me down!