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2 years ago#1
I was looking these up and apparently they work as a hybrid CPU/GPU? Are these good? They say they have like Radeon 8670 HD graphics, but it's integrated graphics and I know those are usually garbage.

Anyone have any experience with these?
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2 years ago#2
My laptop has an APU and a dedicated card that run in crossfire. I'm happy with it, it runs games as good as I'd ever expect a laptop to.
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2 years ago#3
They're pretty low-end, but if you're on a super tight budget, they're okay.
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2 years ago#4
Pepys Monster posted...
My laptop has an APU and a dedicated card that run in crossfire. I'm happy with it, it runs games as good as I'd ever expect a laptop to.


You don't gain any performance from crossfiring with an APU and it just bogs down your performance in real world use. I suggest using the dedicated GPU in the laptop instead. I know because I use one myself.
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2 years ago#5
They're pretty good for what you're paying. However, I'd say don't bother if you're going to use a dedicated GPU.
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2 years ago#6
The CPU part is worse than a Core i3, but the GPU part is better than any of Intel's iGPU offerings and they consume more power. It won't replace a dedicated GPU for gaming though so if you plan on going that route, get an i3 or i5
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2 years ago#7
For the money, they're great. Also good for super small form factor builds.
Naturally, a proper dedicated GPU will beat them easily, but for the price they're good.
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2 years ago#8
Snickleseed posted...
The CPU part is worse than a Core i3, but the GPU part is better than any of Intel's iGPU offerings and they consume more power. It won't replace a dedicated GPU for gaming though so if you plan on going that route, get an i3 or i5


Actually, the HD 4600 performs 70-90% as well as the A10-6800k's GPU depending on the game. The HD5200 is twice as powerful. The HD5200 isn't a readily available part though, it's only in really high end ultrabooks. Though Gigabyte is releasing an HD5200 based mini desktop in the $400-500 range.
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2 years ago#9
If you intend to get a discrete GPU later on, it's best going with an Intel CPU.
AMD's current APUs are too slow to fully utilize a high-end GPU.
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2 years ago#10
CPU: Average. They're similar to most other AMD quad cores.

GPU: Surprisingly good for integrated, and equal to entry level GPUs. Obviously they're not great, and similar to the low end of the spectrum of GPU tech out there, but you can game on them at a playable framerate mostly given you lower settings enough. To be fair, in February they're releasing a new one with graphical power that's supposed to be similar to a 7750....which really is not that bad at all.
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