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Pros: - Fits a decent budget (even before rebate)
- Small enough to fit in MATX Case
- No extra power plug needed
- Overclocks easy and stable (you can use the driver software to do so)
- I liked the how it looks!
Cons: - Overclocking is capped by OC software. 900MHz Max but that's not worth removing an egg. You get what you pay for. it says 800MHz but stable for me at max GPU OC
Other Thoughts: I bought this to spruce up my A8-6600K build and has worked awesomely. I even got it to run in "Dual Graphics" mode. I didn't to any "official benchmarking" but I saw a slight frame rate boost on a few games.
I'm very happy with this buy. If you have a Richland base CPU/APU I would suggest spending a bit more on something better. Disabling the integrated video and popping in a R7 260X or better would still be one niiiice build.
Plays all current games at High/Very High settings (not in Dual Graphics mode)
AMD A8-6600K @ 4.0GHz
120gig Kingston HyperX SSD
8gig of Kingston HyperX DDR3 @ 1866MHz (10-10-10-25)
450 Watt PSU
CM Seidon 120M
Pros: - Great performance for the price
- (mine) Came with a game
- No need for new motherboard, fits FM2
Cons: - Mentioned by another viewer, it can run warm
Other Thoughts: I've been running my 6600K at 4.2GHz and the video clock at 1000MHz slightly under-volted for two weeks with no issue.
I'm able to play games like
- BioShock Infinite
- Tomb Raider
- World of Warcraft
- Marvel Heroes
- Dead Island
- Company of Heroes
All on medium to some high settings @ 720 res (some at 1080) with the highest temp of 71c (CM Seidon 120M cooled)
8GB Kingston HyperX Blu Red 1600MHz
120GB Kingston HyperX 3k SSD
140GB Spinny HDD
450W RAIDMAX PSU
I went from an A4-5300 to this chip. It does seem to run a bit warm at light load, but it seems to scale well at full load. I assume that most of that is because of the water cooler. (You can pick one up for $35 here on newegg if the deal is still going!!)
If you're looking for a "gaming rig" skip the APUs until the next generation or beyond, but this is a very good step in the right direction. In all I've spent under $500 in parts with the deals I've found (99% of them from newegg).
If you're looking for good value with flexibility. I would go with this or the A10.
Pros: - The images I looked at didn't show the back plate for the AMD sockets, but mine came with one.
- Installation was easy
- Can run very quietly if you're not looking to OC much
Cons: - It didn't fit in my cheap DIY brand case without some tweaks
- The full price of this item doesn't match the expected performance
Other Thoughts: - Ensure you have a case with a 120mm fan slot
- I got this cooler while it was on sale and had a rebate making it extremely cheap for an AIO water cooler
- For an AMD install this cooler is very easy and straight forward.
- Wish I bought the 120XL now, but it's as easy as buying another 120mm fan and it comes with enough screws to do that :P