Originally Posted by MrJava
Their market research tells them that gamers enjoy that sort of stuff.
Does that mean 12 year olds on /v/?
A10 Kaveri should have 512 SPs and match up well with 7750. The lower-end (probably A8) version that only has 384 SPs will probably be better off paired with a 7730 though.
Originally Posted by SpacemanSpliff
As far as the AM3+ boards you're correct, one really is best suited going with a high end board from Gigabyte or ASUS... with the APUs, however, there seems to be more balance among Gigabyte, ASUS and ASRock. I'm not sure about MSI's FM2 boards, but I wouldn't personally trust them as a manufacturer since MSI boards have fried 2 of my systems in the past, on one the VRMS failed and sent out a power surge, killing the CPU, GPU and RAM, the other went up in sparks and flames torching everything but the power supply and BR burner. Naturally MSI refused to admit they had used poor quality VRMs on their boards and that they were in anyway responsible. And of course, I certainly would never trust anything from budget brands like BioStar or ECS.
ASRock has some pretty nice AM3+ boards, some pretty affordable ones too (so does ASUS with their M5A97 line and Gigabyte with those 8+2 phase 970 chipset boards, though because of my less than stellar experience with my 990FXA-UD3 I wouldn't put too much faith in them). The majority of AM3+ boards on the market today are junk though. Out of the 62 AM3+ boards on Newegg there's only around 20 I would ever consider buying.
FM2 boards are a different story, since it's much less of an enthusiast platform and more about the feature set and the board simply working. However, plenty of FM2 boards don't seem to work very well at all (hell, Anandtech praised Gigabyte's A85X UD4 board and said it was close to getting an award just because it worked with no problems
), and next to none of them have an impressive feature set. I mean, sure, there's only so much you can throw into a $80 board, but there are no real nice high-end FM2 boards. The G1.Sniper will be the first actual enthusiast board for the Fusion platform. That's a pretty big step up.
MSI seems to have fixed the whole explosion problem but I still refuse to buy their motherboards after that whole fiasco unless they offer something significantly better than their competitors at a given price point (which I never recall them doing).
Biostar has made some really good boards, particularly their AMD 800 series line.