Made with expandability (SSD, HDD, optical drive, any size video card) in mind, this glossy white build is a budget powerhouse ready for future upgrades in graphic and programming productivity.
OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit Using AMD Catalyst driver 15.7 With 16GB of RAM, the system allocated 1GB for the graphics naturally. XMP 1 was used to ensure RAM ran at 2133 (not default 1333 of the board) It appears that based on my experiences and reading other reviews that it will set aside 1/16th of your total RAM for graphics; if you run dual graphics later, make sure the RAM on your card is also DDR3; if you get a GDDR5 or HBM card, then disable the APU graphics, or your fancy graphics card will be severely impeded. :)
Light Gaming: Minecraft (testing resolution was 1280x1024); default settings, 60fps steady (sync limited), could not get below 60fps at all, no errors or hiccups at all when using default settings; high settings, some invisible parcels but only at maxiumum distance rendering (32 chunks), no appreciable lag
Moderate Gaming: Borderlands Pre-Sequel (testing resolution was 1280x1024); default settings, no stutter or lag encountered, console-smooth play; high settings, no AA/FXAA 45-55 fps, dipping to low 20s during the most intense scenes, otherwise smooth
I am very interested to see it run Windows 10 with DX11/12 gaming, so hoping I can make something similar for myself for further testing and proper benchmarking.
Thanks for reading and thanks to the client for making it possible!
Pros: I could not ask more of this chip. It is zippy, plays well with Ubuntu LTS as well as modern Windows iterations, games like a champ on default settings with the right RAM (2133 or 2400), DX12 support.
Cons: would love to manually allocate RAM for GPU (this may be enabled on some motherboards but I am not aware); it appears to allocate 1/4 of 1/4 of your total RAM for the video card, meaning it scales by what it finds onboard. Again, using 1866 or lower RAM could cause less-than-ideal GPU performance.
Quick take: amazing budget/starter cpu, can't wait to see it in more builds!
Pros: so many options in one place, fairly smart layout (isolated sound chip), good price to features ratio.
Cons: on-board wifi cables pass directly by CPU, possibility of mild noise contamination of signal, but I was getting 80 mb/s withOUT the antennae connected, so probably not much to worry about. Would like SATA headers at lower right, in a perfect world.
Quick take: A very, very solid board for anyone who's only using 2 sticks of memory.
Pros: runs at native speed of Kaveri-based APUs and Athlon FM2+ chips, works with XMP 1, heat spreaders do something, CAS 9!
Quick take: this is a great budget option for FM2+ gaming and everyday use, very pleased!
Quick take: great price to MB ratio, speedy for a platter, inexpensive and comes with a solid warranty!
Pros: roomy, nice exterior/look, lots of expansion, cushioned mounting points, lots of air flow, comes with two large, quiet fans, cable management is easy.
Cons: expansion cage for 3.5" drives riveted into place, brittle feeling plastic, paint very thin on interior, some minor scratches around screw holes
Quick take: great for the money, goes well with black or white hardware, worlds of expansion options for internals and cooling.
Pros: great power to price ratio, warranty, EVGA build quality, one of every imaginable video card connector, good options in general
Cons: none, really
Quick take: as long as you're not running SLI, you won't do much better for dollars to watts.