Editors Liked

  • Decent quad core CPU performance
  • Great gaming performance for integrated GPU
  • FM2 platform supports next upgrade of CPUs
  • Can easily Crossfire with lowend AMD GPU
  • Excellent integrated graphics performance
  • Adequate CPU horsepower for the price
  • Much improved graphics performance over previous model
  • Competes well against similarly priced Intel Core i3 CPUs with weaker integrated graphics
  • Unlocked for overclocking
  • Excellent and affordable entry 3D rendering power
  • Decent expected iGPU clocking with all three of my chips managing a 25% or greater frequency increase
  • Low platform price
  • Piledriver CPU core design
  • Support for up to two VGAs in CrossfireX
  • Discrete level 7660D graphics
  • CPU performance on par with Ivy Bridge i33220

Editors Didn't Like

  • Thermal rating still high compared to Intel Ivy Bridge Core i3
  • Modern DX11 based games not easily playable at 1080p
  • AMD is leaving the performance race all to Intel
  • New motherboard needed
  • Unlocked multiplier doesn't translate into good overclocking
  • CPU-specific performance doesn't get as much of a boost as graphics
  • New FM2 socket means previous-gen AMD APU owners will need a new motherboard
  • Same maximum TDP as FM1 products
  • Perhaps a bit late to the market with laptop grade parts already for sale
  • No compatibility with previous FM1 products, be it boards or chips
  • "Low" but adequate CPU Performance will not appeal to some
  • No backwards compatibility with FM1
  • Late market entry
  • No Native Virtu MVP support
  • You can run two Discrete GPUs, but can't pair those two with the APU graphics