I'm glad that Dr. Su realizes just how much Kaveri parts were overpriced. It's a lot easier to recommend at these prices than what they had been charging. AMD had been trying to charge a premium for the HSA technology that wasn't justified, since HSA is hardly used and isn't even fully or properly implemented on Kaveri.
They should be able to get some of those moving now, before Carrizo arrives.
Originally Posted by Kuivamaa
Obviously, the A10 is not a direct competitor for the pentium + 260X . AMD has the iGPU+less athlons for that purpose. It targets these builds that do not use a video card ( low TDP/ultra slims,HTPC etc) and goes against locked i5s, losing in cpu, winning in gpu. Adding any GPU defeats the purpose of those builds As for "single core cpu grunt", do you really need 4.5GHz haswell for opening word or youtube?
Exactly. I've even seen OCN'ers with 100+ rep go into a thread where someone is asking for recommendations for a family member who doesn't do anything but mundane tasks on a computer, and they recommend a 4670K or some other CPU that only a gamer or video editor needs. It's not just Intel, either; I've seen people push the FX-6300 and 8320 before. The APU's are exactly the right call in these builds, since they're well over the minimum CPU power needed for ordinary tasks and have much higher capabilities for handling video.
I build and fix stuff for a lot of people, but when I set out to build a new PC for a friend this summer (she was still stuck on an ancient S754 Sempron machine that I built many years ago), using an A6-6400K was a no-brainer as far as I was concerned. Took it over there on her birthday and she absolutely loves her new PC. It's nothing by the standards of OCN, but to her, it's a modern computer that lets her do anything she wants, including smooth video playback. And I used an FM2+ board, so when she needs a little more performance in a few years, I can just drop in a cheap Kaveri or Carrizo.