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Sean S.

Sean S.

Joined on 07/30/10

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Excellent Processor

AMD Athlon 5350 - Athlon Kabini Quad-Core 2.05 GHz Socket AM1 25W AMD Radeon R3 Desktop Processor - AD5350JAHMBOX
AMD Athlon 5350 - Athlon Kabini Quad-Core 2.05 GHz Socket AM1 25W AMD Radeon R3 Desktop Processor - AD5350JAHMBOX

Pros: Low Power Great onboard graphics - Plays Netflix at 720p no problem (couldn't test higher, slow internet, boo) -1080p runs fine on this Snappy processor with Intel Sata III SSD. Runs just as snappy as some of the higher end Intel CPUs I've used. Price, being 65 bucks at the time of purchase, was amazing. Considering Mini ITX boards start at 35 bucks for this platform, great value. Benchmarked the CPU with Passmark: This CPU - approx 2700 To compare, a Phenom II 3.2ghz is around 3900 in score. Graphics wise, this scored a 400 on Passmark. To compare, a 9500 GT is around 300 points, and a 640GT is about 1200. (Numbers not expected to 100% accurate, I didn't write them down. Feel free to research on your own) So, take it for what you will. I love this thing.

Cons: Wish it could overclock just a tad more. Graphics are very weak for gaming, but this isn't a gaming processor. Throwing a graphics card takes care of this. Seriously, what can you expect from a 65 dollar APU? So few cons, just use it for the correct application. Oh, I suppose I could nit pick and say the CPU fan is a bit weird. Totally different design from before, so took me a minute or two to figure out. Had to put a bit of pressure to get it to snap in correctly, but nothing a caveman can't do.

Overall Review: Makes for an amazing HTPC, office, home, school, Point of Sale, etc computer. Has that 'new' and snappy feel to it. Do not use this for a gaming computer (unless you play games from before 2009). This thing is seriously awesome... Can have a very snappy little quad core setup running under 50 watts total, so go ahead and use a PICO-PSU with this and have some fun. Lots of potential for lots of applications, since this thing is so low power, inexpensive, and versatile. Good job AMD, I had low expectations and was very pleasantly surprised for the money.

Rosewill is Great.

Rosewill Stallion Series 500W ATX12V Gaming Power Supply - RD500-2DB
Rosewill Stallion Series 500W ATX12V Gaming Power Supply - RD500-2DB

Pros: Great price for a great PSU. Using a promo code on this gave me an insane price for a very nice PSU. Fit well inside an NZXT M59 case. However, with a case having the PSU on the bottom, I could use a bit longer 20+4 and 4 pin CPU connections on this.

Cons: No cons at all. Runs quietly and LEDs fit the case used. Cable length could have a little to be desired,but that's so much of a non-issue.

Overall Review: Powered the following system with no hitches (which I built for a customer): i5-2500k - Overclock to 4.5ghz Hyper 212+ NZXT M59 Case Sapphire HD 6850 1GB 2x4GB 1600mhz Corsair memory P8P67 board DVDRW sata total of 4 120mm case fans

Great!

AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX
AMD A6-3500 - A-Series APU (CPU + GPU) Llano Triple-Core 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo) Socket FM1 65W AMD Radeon HD 6530D Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic - AD3500OJGXBOX

Pros: Excellent. Runs exceptionally cool. Great as an HTPC I'm using. Runs streaming services perfectly. Runs very cool with the stock cooler. Integrated graphics run very well. For an AMD system, this fit the bill perfectly. Still use it to watch streaming CPU and GPU based video. Plays the occasional game, such as SCII - but I wouldn't advise using this for hardcore gaming. If you want that - get the 3870k, and a nice/fast video card to pair it with and some nice 1600+ speed memory.

Cons: You know these when you get them, but low clock speed, only triple core.

Overall Review: Sweet deal. Build a lot of computers. For the price, these are GREAT. No need for a sub-$60 video card with this. Performance is on par with a 40-60$ video card, so you can save yourself some cash.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

Pros: Very cool aesthetics appeal. Look great. Inexpensive and work as they should. Games run *much* better than before.

Cons: None, except for packaging - have to really force it out.

Overall Review: Great product. will probably buy again when I decide to up my RAM :)