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Pros: -Coming from a Core i5-6402p, an H110 motherboard from MSI and 8 GB of Team Group Elite DDR4 2400, the Athlon 200GE, an AsRock B450M Pro4 and 16 GB of DDR4 3000 (still clocked down to 2666, but with slightly tighter timings), leaving the iGPU disabled to free up those last 4 PCI Express lanes, I saw an average framerate drop of only 5-10 FPS in most games, and this is running a Sapphire RX 480 Nitro+ with a GENEROUS undervolt OC. This includes games like Guild Wars 2, Path of Exile, Project Cars, Tomb Raider, Mortal Kombat X, Tekken 7, Modded Crysis Wars, and some other relatively CPU and/or GPU heavy games, mostly run at 1440p in VSR, with a few more taxing titles running at native 1080p.
-Drastic drop in power usage on idle and gaming as reported by HWMonitor and HWiNFO64, as well as no longer having issues with resume from suspend to disk sleep with Windows 10, so I can now actually let my PC go to sleep, thus saving even more on my electric bill.
-Still keeps up with my pro recording in REAPER DAW, though I re-purposed the old rig for use with REAPER's native Linux client, because I'm cool like that, and need 2 desktops AND a laptop. (No, I don't, but weird flex is still a flex)
-BIOS revision dropped allowing me to OC the thing, but that would negate some of my power savings, but it's cool that the option is still there.
Cons: -Doesn't comply when commanded to make me a sandwich, even when I use "sudo !!" after being rebuked for not having super user privileges.
-Doesn't make waffles or omelettes in same scenario
-I still lose the game whenever someone reminds me of it's existence, and now you just lost the game, too, readers! Sorry...
Overall Review: Would Recommend, would buy again. I use my rig for gaming and pro audio, and it suits me fine. Seriously, LAN Centers need some 220GE's and some GTX 1060 6GB cards or RX 580's, and they're set, just saying. I really don't understand all the reviewer hatred and unfair testing I've seen, like TechPowerUP leaving the iGPU enabled during their 1080 Ti benchmark with this chip, so the discrete card only ran on an x4 bus, as opposed to x8... dude... not cool. Keeps up with real time audio in REAPER and MixBus and Sonar, even with a ton of VST and DX plugins... not sure what the deal is with text reviewers throwing all this shade. Meanwhile, all the TechTubeVerse loves this chip, and rightly so!!! GamersNexus, Hardware Unboxed, LTT, and Hardware Canucks all praise this little chip for beating the odds, so 3 countries and 2 continents worth of tech people disagree with the unfair crappola fest.
-AMD Athlon 200GE
-Sapphire TriXX Series Nitro+ AMD RX 480 4 GB
-Team Group T-Force RGB DDR4 3000 dual channel 16 GB kit
-AsRock B450M Pro 4
-Team Group T-Force RGB 250 GB TLC 3D NAND SSD
-Seagate 2 TB 7200 RPM
-Seagate 1 TB Hybrid Drive 7200 RPM
-DeepCool Gamerstorm Maelstrom 120mm AIO
-RaidMax Hyperion Micro ATX Chassis
-RaidMax Scorpio 635 Watt LED 80+ Bronze Full Modular PSU
-EZ-DIY-FAB Vertical GPU mount bracket
-Various after market fans with enough UV action to cause malignant tumors
Pros: I didn't expect that much performance from such a cheap chip. I got this for a minimal cost office build and the performance is more than adequate. It breezes through everything and can even run some games at a decent framerate!
Overall Review: I paired it with an Asrock B450M-HDV R4.0 motherboard and it worked out of the box without having to update the BIOS at all. That MoBo is a bit finicky with memory tho, so make sure you check the QVL list.
Pros: - Low power.
- No issues with Linux (Fedora 28) for CPU or integrated graphics.
Cons: It's still more difficult than it should be to figure out what combo of CPU, RAM and MB will all play nicely together. This is especially true for Linux since many vendors still like to pretend it doesn't exist.
Overall Review: I'm using it with the following HW:
- GIGABYTE AB350M-DS3H motherboard.
- XPG GAMMIX D10 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2666 (PC4 21300) Desktop Memory Model AX4U266638G16-DBG.
Under a light load, it averages around 35w for the whole system. I built it about six months ago now and am still amazed at how little power the whole system pulls. I average about 40 KWh per month.
I had no issues with the integrated graphics but I'm not running a graphical desktop either, only console.
Pros: - Runs like a charm
- Perfect entry level APU for day to day tasks and to play some entry level games.
- Price compared to the competition = Bang for your buck.
Cons: - None for me.
Overall Review: Wanting to undertake the challenging task of building my own PC for the first time, I took the time to study the parts available and shop according to my needs and wants. Also, wanting to complete the build on a budget, this APU met my requirements monetarily and spec wise.
Here is the list of parts and programs which I paired with the Athlon 200GE APU (Order Total: $83.99):
What I paid for:
-GIGABYTE GA-AX370-Gaming (rev. 1.0) AM4 AMD X370 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard (Order Total: $103.50) newegg
-Seagate BarraCuda ST1000DM010 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM (Order Total: $57.74) newegg
-Kingston A400 2.5" 240GB SATA III TLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SA400S37/240G (Order Total: $53.54) newegg
-Acer K222HQL 21.5" FHD TN Monitor, 1920 x 1080, 60Hz, 5ms , from Staples/ Bureau en Gros (Quebec) $115.00
- Antec case fan, $15.00, local PC Store
- 2x Kingston 4GB 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 2400 (PC4 19200) Desktop Memory Model KVR24N17S6/4, local pc store, they did not have 2666 available and I needed it asap, $115.00
- 2.5'' SSD mount to 3.5", $6.00,
- 2x IDE to SATA converters for my DVD/CD Burners and Readers, $10.00,
- 2x USB 3.0 2.5" front ports adapter for floppy bay, $15.00,
What I recycled from my Windows XP system:
-Full ATX Case (with windows XP key still on panel :P )
- DVD 32x burner
- DVD-CD Reader
- Front memory card reader 2.5"
- 500W Nova power supply, non modular, was replaced on XP build and barely used,
- Antec cooling fan.
- Logitech Mouse, keyboard and speakers.
-Windows 10 Home x64, purchased from a "friend".
Total Spent: 575$ CAD , circa 430$ USD as of Dec 12 2018.
What is does perfectly:
Run MS Word
Run MS Excel
Run Epic Games
Run Fortnite on Low 720p
Run Age of Empires 2 Remastered
Run Counter Strike Source
Run PUB G streamed from my Xbox one console to pc via Xbox App, with party chat via PC.
APU Temp has yet to surpass 35 degrees centigrade, the only time where the GPU bottlenecks is running FortNite.
If you are an entry level PC user/gamer, buy this APU.
Pros: Great CPU that can do moderate games as well. I paired mine with an RX560 and am having a blast with my games, breeze thru CSGO, Fortnite, Civ 5, MOO (new one), Kerbal, and others. My build is Asrock B450M Pro4, 8 GB DDR4 2666 Gskill Ripjaws V, Sapphire RX 560 OC 4GB, Adata 480GB SSD, Cooler Master Q300L, Thermaltake 500W PSU. I have overclocked to 3.7 with no problem, overclocking is available on this mobo. Stock cooler is working fine with this overclock and with no noticeable increase in sound.
Cons: None considering the price.
Overall Review: Great to build an AMD system again! Pair this CPU with an RX 560 or a GTX 1050 and you got a good little budget build. Drop in an R3 or R5 if and when you choose to upgrade. This build replaces an AMD FX 6200 and I can see the Athlon is much snappier.
Pros: This processor is a good performer when considering how much power it takes. I needed a low TDP processor for a virtualized Windows file server that could also handle 1 feed video decoding workloads. There is also a Linux VM running on this processor alongside the file server, and I have not seen any performance slowdown for my needs.
Cons: None. May not be powerful enough for workloads beyond my needs (multiple media decoding feeds, gaming, excessive VMs). In that case, I'd recommend getting a Ryzen series processor with more threads.
Overall Review: This processor works fine running Server 2016, and I have not seen any problems. Then again, I'm not using a GUI on this device, so the generic graphics driver that Windows uses works fine. The RAID driver provided for W10 also works on Server 2016 just fine. I'd assume the same for Server 2019, if anyone is interested in running such a setup with this processor.
CPU is on 24/7 for about 6 and a half months now, I have never seen it above 50c temp wise in a 3U case with pretty much zero air circulation.
Pros: -Good choice for a gamer that are looking for their first PC gives ability to start the system and go and pop in gpu later
-Upgrade to better CPU when you can afford it
-Lots of power for a dual core with rx 570 8gb oc added seems to be nothing of a bottleneck great cpu! awesome price!
Cons: -Cheap cooler compared to most but it is efficient and provides cooling for the 35w tdp CPU not saying intel stock coolers are any better though
Overall Review: I would recommend this to anyone wanting to get started building PC's, its affordable compared to even 2012-2016 high end hardware which still gives this stuff run for its money but it works its affordable and has a supported upgrade path unlike older hardware etc great option for builders on a budget!! aswell as anyone looking to start off gaming or players of mmorpg games this would be the best option and its really quiet under load..
-Placeholder CPU until zen2 drops and i get dat 12 core chip
-overclocks and stable at 3.8 GHz with my MSI B450I
The CPU turned out to be not-so-stable at 3.8GHz. It did normal things far "snappier" but I had very strange stutter lag while playing League of Legends. I moved the overclock down from 3.8 to 3.6, and everything is running smooth again. I suggest starting with 3.8, seeing how it runs, and then down clocking it from there if you run it any issues. It can game just fine, if you pair this with a good gpu like the 1060 or better you will notice a CPU bottleneck, however, as long as you're conservative with CPU intensive resources, this chip should be "good enough" for even modern triple A titles if you stick to 1080P and keep settings at a medium.
IMHO&TL;DR: Get this cheap piece of silicon gold, overclock it with a good MSI board, and spend most of your money on a better GPU if you are a gamer.
Cons: At this price? Nope. Extremely high value. $50 wow, got mine when it was at $60
Overall Review: I think this was a fantastic choice considering the overclock capabilities that weren't even suppose to work. I'm gonna work on burning this chip out, and then ill upgrade bios and pick up a 3600 later.