|Processor||4 GHz amd_a_series|
AMD A4-7300 APU Dual Core Radeon CPU Processor HD8470D Graphics FM2 4000Mhz 65W 1MB AD7300OKHLBOX
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|CPU model||AMD A Series|
|CPU speed||4 GHz|
|CPU socket||Socket FM2+|
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This new APU form AMD continues to revolutionize the microprocessor market. It is part of the first APU family to deliver H.S.A. (Heterogeneous Systems Architecture which defines how the CPU cores interact with the GPU cores. This APU also is Mantle capable, improving it's console-like optimizations. AMD True Audio technology also immerses the user into a depth of sound never delivered before, as game developers create with this technology in mind!
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Anyway, I decided I needed a new motherboard and a CPU. After reading up on what would be the best combination for gaming, for a good reasonable price, I decided on a Gigabyte F2A78M-HD2 motherboard, and for the CPU -- you guessed it.
It's hard to just review a CPU, especially if you're not sure exactly what component is responsible for the smooth running of what task, so I guess I'll just have to give an assessment on the motherboard/CPU combination as a whole.
The FM2 type CPU is the recommended type for gaming, and of course, with that, the motherboard must be a type that matches. The Gigabyte motherboard I got was good for the job. There were a few things to watch out for. The old computers I've worked with before had IDE cables, those wide grey ribbons that connect the disk and CD/DVE drives to the motherboard. The Gigabyte motherboard had no place to plug those. It uses the newer SATA cables. Fortunately, the eMachines frame I was cannibalising did have a SATA hard drive, but an IDE DVD drive. I had to order a converter off eBay, but that still didn't work. I've had to use thumb drives to get the system on, and external DVD drive to load the drivers.
There was also the debacle with the RAM. The old eMachine motherboard had slots for both DDR2 and DDR3 RAM, but only the DDR2 RAM cards. The Gigabyte motherboard only had DDR3 slots, so that meant ordering them. I found some good priced ones, but it turned out, it was for server memory, and didn't work in a PC, even though they were the right size for the slots. I finally got what I needed, just in time for Christmas.
Anyway, to make a long story short, my son had a nice desktop gaming machine for Christmas. He's found it great for Minecraft and the games on his Steam account -- much smoother and faster than his old computer.
It frequently hits 100% on either core, and causes some stutters as a result, and quite a few seconds of "not responding" (at times when it was potentially throttled or otherwise).
Not sure why, but mine was hitting >85 degrees on stock cooler and thermal paste. Upgraded thermal paste and it seems to not go above 72~ (Noctua NT-H1). I'm not fully certain why this is, because others aren't reporting such a problem. It could just be the sensor, but it did correlate with CPU usage. The case was also fairly well ventilated.
Overall it's okay for a very, VERY budget constrained build, but for £10 you'll get something far better.