Found a great use for APUs now which I thought I would never buy... I'm building a server which will be in my living room and since it will be on all the time and there I would also use it for 1080p playback. I choose the A6 3500 which is $60 at MC and is very efficient in power. That way I don't have to go intel and then have to buy a video card that won't have trouble with 1080p playback.
The GPU in this processor not only kills the integrated GPU on Sandy Bridge, but still dominates the iGPU in Ivy Bridge as well.
Its GPU is a bit better than the base level GPUs you can buy from Nvidia or AMD.
Handles 720p gaming well, and can do some 1080p gaming on older/less GPU intensive games.
Because it has a very good GPU and a mediocre CPU, getting this with a discreet GPU like a 7750 or GTX 560 would not make sense.
So I wonder if an 8150 is worth it. For lots of gaming (d3, sc2) and CAD work. Oh, and I'd like to stream gameplay to twitchtv.
If streaming, the extra cores are of great help, especially for SC2. While SC2 runs much better with Intel processors than AMD in general due to programming optimizations, having extra cores to set specific CPU affinity to run SC2 only and others stream only greatly reduces stutter in game. Streaming with CPU under high load on something like an i3 causes stuttering issues.
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