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Pros: I paired this with an RX 460 for HTPC gaming, and it works wonders on this setup. Decent FPS on triple A games. If you don't want to overclock or can't overclock because you are limited to the 4+1 power phases that the FM2+ Mini ITX motherboards has and you still want a quad core then get this one.
Cons: - Locked multiplier, so no overclocking potential.
Other Thoughts: Just make sure to get a better cooler for an HTPC setup. Stock cooler should've been enough but I couldn't fit it in my case. Everything is cramped in an HTPC case and you are going to hit very high in temperatures very soon with an AMD Quad Core CPU. You can do like me and get the Cryorig C7 for low profile cooling.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - Very good price/performance
- Multi-tasks very very well
- Strong single thread performance for games
- Unlocked multiplier for easy overclocking
- Comes with a new stock cooler
- Very low temperatures for a 95W rated CPU
Cons: You need to monitor both Core temps and Thermal Margins in order to get the average temperatures for this CPU. This is true for all AMD APU's. If you are coming from the FX or Phenom lines you will need some time to get used to this.
Other Thoughts: I bought this one to replace an Athlon X2 370K, that in turn replaced a Phenom II X2 550 BE and I will never go back. That 370k couldn't multitask to save its life. It would struggle to browse while watching videos, and playing modern games with it was a pain, except for heavily single threaded games like World of Tanks. Not a bad CPU but it wasn't what I needed. The Athlon X4 870K though is well balanced, and multi-tasks like a pro.
Definitely get this one if you are planning to replace your Richland CPU/APU and want to pair this with a mid range graphics card like the R7 370. Sure, you can get the 860k for a lower price but this one clocked higher out of the box. Overclocking will require you to get a better motherboard and a better than stock aftermarket cooler. If you are on a budget, this will suffice. It offer plenty of performance already.
Pros: - Low cost, CPU + Motherboard = $76.14.
- Allows for small form factor.
- Low power consumption.
- Power efficient, Quad core on 25W TDP.
- Solid performance on everyday applications and non demanding tasks.
- No need for discrete graphics.
- Low noise level, Inaudible fan.
- Can play some games (not it's intended use).
Cons: - Only 1.3 ghz of CPU clockspeed.
- Only 450 mhz of GPU Clockspeed.
- Can't play 1080p videos smoothly.
- Games are playable mostly on very low settings (Example: World of Tanks on 1440x900 resolution with low settings @ 30 fps).
- Push pin design on the fan/heatsink mounts, some will like it, some will hate it, but AMD fans will definitely hate it for life.
Other Thoughts: AMD Kabini was created to satisfy a very specific market, which consists mainly of consumers demanding for an upgradable and affordable platform. People living in countries with a very low average income will benefit of this. Now, why do I mention this?
Because I know many of you are considering the AM1 platform to use it as an HTPC to play 1080p videos and play games occasionally. For this, you might want to consider another platform. Something like the A-Series will do that job better. Videos @ 720p will play smoothly but stutters at 1080p. Games are playable only if you are willing to sacrifice quality over performance. You can try boosting the performance a bit with a faster memory module, but is it really worth it?
Now, are we expecting people living in countries that can barely afford 1 mpbs ADSL internet to be streaming 720p? much less 1080? Or play demanding games online? The answer is quite obvious, and again... Kabini was not made for that. This platform does offer a solid performance for everyday computing. If you are building a computer for a senior, for your kids or you just want to use it for text editing, web browsing etc. this will do the job.
One thing I really hated was the push pin design for the heatsink mounts. I have always hated them on my Intel builds and this one is not an exception. Check out the instruction booklet on how to install this, even though you have an idea of how this work; I almost broke one of the legs. The fan is very small, and it is enough to cool this little processor. Another advantage of having a fan so small is that you might be able to fit the motherboard in a very small mini-itx case, such as the M350. Now to the noise level.... what noise?
Now to the guy who said that the heatsink was so poorly designed that he cut himself trying to install it. Troll somewhere else.
All in all, I am pleased with my purchase. Some may suggest you to go for the Athlon variants, but if you look at some benchmarks, the performance gain by going for the next Athlon is not too much. If you are on a very tight budget, or just want to build a computer to cover the basics this is for you. Anything beyond that, look somewhere else.