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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine for a basic HTPC setup, 4 Mar. 2014
This review is from: AMD A4 5300 CPU (3.4GHZ, 1MB Cache, 2 Core, HD7480D, Socket FM2, 65W, Retail Boxed) (Personal Computers)
I did not buy this APU as it is but got it in a Zoostorm computer. I am upgrading my 10 years old HTPC, used for watching videos, streaming Blinkbox, Bitorrenting and some video trimming and convertsion. I want something a little less rubbish than a Celeron, Atom or AMD E series, and this is the next one up the ladder. I also want to avoid a GPU if possible. This APU is actually a CPU + GPU on one chip, removing the need for a GPU.

It power my HDTV via HDMI just fine. As it is also a torrent computer, it will be on 24/7 (mostly), therefore I wanted something that is not too power hungry. Removing the need for a GPU card means lower power requirements.

I installed Steam on it and tried HL, HL2, HL2E1 and HL2E2 just to see how they run. HL runs at highest settings and HL2 runs at middle high setting. I know they are old games so I expect it to run newer games in middle low settings. But then this APU is not to be used in a gaming computer anyway.

The stock heatsink of this APU is rubbish; just a solid block of aluminium with fins cut into it and a small fan on top. I replaced it straight out of the box with Zalman CNPS5X Performa CPU Fan for 1155/1156/775/AM2/AM2+/AM3/940/939/754 Sockets and this APU stay between 25 to 27C. I had seen reports of it going up to 47C on the stock heatsink.

Overall, I feel that this APU is just fine for a basic computer. It will NOT be fine for a gaming computer or a heavy user, but it is cheap and it is better than an Atom or Celeron.
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