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AMD A4-5300 Trinity Dual-Core 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W AD5300OKHJBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7480D
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Low price, it does work.

Cons: As a system builder, this "CPU" is one of the slowest I have tested in a long time. Reminds me of the old Semprons, but this may even be slower. I have built not one, but several systems with this APU and have been disappointed with the performance every time.

Two years ago AMD sold the Athlon II X2 250 CPU for the same price and it was faster than this. The primary difference is that now AMD is putting the GPU on-board with the CPU instead of it being bundled on the motherboard. A mistake in my opinion: it over-taxes the processor slowing it WAY down in this low end model. Seriously, spend $10 more and get the A6 if you are looking for a good budget system that you want to be happy with. You will be glad you did.

MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Works great, low price. I have bought a bunch of these boards and they have proven to be reliable workhorses.

Cons: None really. Just make sure everything works after you install it!

Other Thoughts: For the person that rated this a 3 out of 5, you are expecting to run a server with a $65 board in a RAID 10 configuration. Really? That's not gonna happen unless you pony up some money on a better board, and honestly you really should consider a $200 or better RAID card while you are at it.

Seriously folks, don't expect miracles - you get what you pay for. This board works great as a workstation - just don't think you are going to make a great server out of it.


David G.'s Profile

Display Name: David G.

Date Joined: 01/17/09

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 2
  • First Review: 01/06/14
  • Last Review: 03/19/14
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