Purchased this chip for a HTPC. Its been running 24/7 for over 6 months and I've had no issues with it. Posted right out of the box and has been working like a champ since. I mounted a custom made passive heat sink on it, and under clocked it to a 2.0GHz. I had some artic silver 5 laying around, and used that instead of the base TIM that comes on the OEM heatsink. You can't hear a peep from the HTPC because there is no fans, and it stays under 120 Fahrenheit.
Coming from Intel on our main computers, you can't beat AMD's price point. Amazingly cheap, and powerful for our needs. I forgot that AMD is still using pins, so be careful installing it into your board.
Make sure that you are using enough RAM as this has a built in graphics processor on the CPU die. We installed only 4gb of DDR 3 on our HTPC. We don't push this CPU at all (thus the under clock), and it can do 1080p with no stutter.
compared to my old processor this is like an enchanted diamond studded 14 k gold box full of money boobs and vagina's, but then again my old processor was 1.47 ghz. i have only been using this one for a couple weeks and it still feels like magic. it was delivered faster than i expected and was inexpensive. nothing bad to say so far.
I have to say i was kind of leery on purchasing this apu. but i am very surprised on how fast it is considering its not a true dual core. Its a single core with a form of hyper-thread technology that makes it run like a dual. core have been running this apu for about 2 weeks now and i am very pleased with it. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a cheap apu to play games with. i am currently playing WoW And Swtor with the on board gpu and have had no problems with 1 gb dedicated ram for the apu.
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