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Which AMD chip is better?

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February 13, 2013 6:11:36 PM

I am building my wife a CPU for basic use. She surfs the web, watches videos, listens to music, and writes novels in Word or Open Office. Often all at the same time. She is not a very serious gamer, she might play Minecraft but that is about it.

I was looking at one of AMD's APU chips because they seem like a good deal for a basic user. I was curious which is better for this type of use, a quad core running at a lower frequency or a dual core running faster. I have these two specific chips in mind:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I was curious which you think would be better for her based on her user type.

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February 13, 2013 6:52:10 PM

The problem I forsee with those A6 and A8 chips is the dead FM1 socket. Should a board fail, it will probably be more difficult to find a replacement down the road. Llano was the only APU for FM1. FM2 is sticking around a little longer and is the current APU socket. Upcoming Richland APU's are going to be FM2 as well. I would spend a little more and get http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... .
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February 15, 2013 6:20:28 PM

From what I understood the FM2 socket is backwards compatible with the FM1 chips. Is this not correct?
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February 16, 2013 3:41:44 AM

Glovesave33 said:
From what I understood the FM2 socket is backwards compatible with the FM1 chips. Is this not correct?


No. Incompatible.

Additionally, the next generation socket FM2 APU called 'Richland' will be released on March 19. Generally speaking, the CPU and graphics core will be more powerful. By how much remains to be seen.
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