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AMD A6-5400K Trinity Dual-Core 3.6 GHz Socket FM2 65W AD540KOKHJBOX Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D

  • 32nm Trinity 65W
  • 1MB L2 Cache
  • AMD Radeon HD 7540D

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Do more in less time with energy-efficient 2nd Gen AMD A6 Processor. The AMD A6-5400K APU combines a dual-core CPU and a discrete-level GPU (AMD Radeon HD 7540D) on a single power-efficient chip enabling vivid HD entertainment, blazing-fast Internet browsing and accelerated media applications. With even more compute performance, graphics are crisp, bright and smooth, and content is easy to share.

  • newegg AMD Radeon Dual Graphics capability The AMD A6-5400K APU combines two powerful AMD Radeon graphics processors to dramatically boost graphics and gaming performance.
  • newegg All-New HD Media Accelerator, AMD App & Internet Acceleration The AMD A6-5400K APU includes AMD’s all new architecture that makes video rich, clear and more stable, enables uninterrupted video streaming and accelerates conversion of video files for sharing on other devices. With the power of more graphics cores and AMD App Acceleration, everyday applications run more quickly and smoothly. And you can also get your browsing done quickly with Web sites that load fast with AMD Internet Acceleration.
  • newegg AMD Eyefinity Technology Immerse yourself in panoramic gaming and entertainment across up to four monitors with AMD Eyefinity Technology.
  • newegg AMD Performance Advantage The AMD A6-5400K APU enables your desktop PC to deliver a faster, more powerful PC experience than a comparable notebook through higher frequencies and more compute power.
  • newegg AMD Start Now Technology Supporting BIOS optimized solution for quick resume allows users to wake up system from sleep mode in under 2 seconds, from boot time in as few as 14 seconds.
  • newegg AMD Turbo Core 3.0 Technology The AMD A6-5400K APU automatically scales performance on demand to provide extra performance when you need it most.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 3/26/2016 12:56:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove this processor!

Pros: This is the second one that I have used for a build and they haven't let me down yet.

Cons: It tends to get up to 100% usage quite quick

Other Thoughts: If you want a cheap, powerful APU, look no further.

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  • Joshua G.
  • 3/18/2016 10:12:07 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat at for the cost

Pros: For the cost, the CPU has lots of horsepower. At that sale New Egg had, I think it was the cheapest thing in the system I just built. No problem running 1080 video/general use apps with a gold rated 300watt supply running Ubuntu, 2 stick 8GB 1600Mhz, and 1 Hybrid seagate drive. I wanted to make a home office computer computer that was snappy yet used few watts so that it could just be left on and this CPU is working great for that.

Cons: No problems. Just read the specs and know what your getting. Low end for low price.

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  • Robert M.
  • 3/14/2016 11:31:41 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Cheap CPU

Pros: Cheap and Fast for the Price!

Cons: Not the best CPU in the world, but for the price, it is awesome.

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  • Seth C.
  • 2/25/2016 2:02:36 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSurpisingly punchy and overclockable for old tech. Powers my business/gaming machine just fine, with quirks.

Pros: I purchased this APU as part of a Newegg discount bundle - received it, a Gigabyte FM2+ mATX motherboard, and a stick of 8GB HyperX Fury RAM. I initially intended to use this APU to power a secondary home computer for basic web browsing and light office work - but I ended up using it to build my primary business and personal computer that I'm typing this review on now. As I eventually realized when playing around with this chip, this processor is very, VERY underrated and can do so much more than power a basic web surfing machine.

I dual boot Linux (Ubuntu GNOME 15.10) and Windows 10 - doing all of my work and personal tasks in Ubuntu, and just booting into Windows to run games. I paired the APU with a dedicated graphics card (Sapphire R7 360), and overclocked it to 4.3 Ghz stable using 1.32 volts (which is less than the stock turbo voltage). In addition, my motherboard has no VRM heatsinks and only has a 4+2 power phase design. I also disabled the iGPU in BIOS, disabled Cool and Quiet, and disabled all power management features for maximum performance (i.e. I disabled the 45W/65W throttling options). To round it off, I am running a NoFan solid copper FANLESS cooler on this processor. When stress testing in Prime95, max temps are 61C; and during heavy gaming sessions, I've gotten no more than 50C. Considering this is a supposedly "hot" AMD part, running a massive overclock, AND coupled with a fanless CPU cooler, I have to give kudos to AMD here as these temperatures are surprisingly low.

When using Ubuntu, I often multitask heavily; for example, working on a spreadsheet in LibreOffice while playing tunes in Rhythmbox, all while Firefox has 8+ tabs humming away in the background. Despite being an older Trinity dual core, I am quite impressed with how smooth my experience is while doing my work and multitasking. Day to day office work, graphics editing, and running my business applications are quite comfortable, however there are some performance issues occasionally (please read my "Cons").

Now, let's talk about gaming. Coupled with my Sapphire R7 360 NITRO, I run ALL of my games from Steam, Blizzard, and Original at 1080p resolutions, and at Medium presets or higher. Games run smoothly and a mostly stable 45+ FPS. The games that I've played on this rig so far include: XCOM 2, Starcraft 2, Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite, and Wolfenstein: The Old Blood. For an older Trinity dual core, I was fairly shocked that I could run these games at these settings without any kind of significant FPS issue. However, that's not to say that my gaming experience with the A6-5400K has been perfect.

Cons: Please note that the integrated graphics (iGPU) of this chip is using the older "VLIW" architecture. AMD has recently stated that this architecture is no longer being supported and it's being phased out in favor of their new GCN architecture, which is present in all of the newer AMD APUs (Kaveri/Bristol Ridge) and in their newer dedicated graphics cards. Bottom line, this APU is NOT future proof from a graphics standpoint as there will be dubious future driver support for it from AMD themselves (if you're running Linux, I believe VLIW will continue to be supported for a long while using the open source drivers). If you don't intend to pair this APU with a dedicated graphics card, this is a major con that you should consider before purchasing.

Also, though I'm quite happy with the multitasking performance I'm getting in Ubuntu with the A6, I suffer from some major stuttering and pauses if I try to push the multitasking too far. Case in point, if I want to maintain my "buttery smooth" working experience, I try to keep no more than 10 tabs on Firefox open and don't try to run any major rendering jobs in the background if I'm also working on a presentation in the foreground. When doing similar multitasking on my old MSI GT60, which had a quad core i7 processor, I never had any performance issues like this.

With regards to gaming performance, I've already experienced situations where this APU bottlenecks my GPU "early and often." There are CPU-intensive moments in Heroes of the Storm (where there are huge team fights going on), and in Starcraft II, where there are many units on the screen. In these scenarios, I get instances of microstuttering and bits of lag - no doubt due to the A6 struggling to keep up. While these moments haven't had a drastically negative effect on my gaming experiences, they are noticeable and annoying at times.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I am VERY pleased with my puchase of the A6-5400K. When considering the discount bundle, I obtained it for ~$20, and it's able to provide enough horsepower for my business applications in Linux and gaming in Windows. However, if you are a professional who needs significant, multicore processing power - audio/video editing, rendering, server applications, etc. - I would think twice before investing in the A6.

However, don't let the fact that this is an older Trinity part deter you from purchasing, if you have needs that don't require a "macho" CPU. I benchmarked my A6 using Passmark and found that, after the overclock, it is only about ~8% slower than the new quad core Athlon X4-860K (single core metrics). Considering this is a much older part, and significantly cheaper, these are pretty respectable results. I highly doubt that anyone will notice an 8% speed difference in daily business use or in gaming.

Also, if you buy this APU with the intention of just using it as a CPU by pairing it with a dedicated graphics card, the issues regarding the obsolete VLIW graphics architecture is a moot point and a non-issue.

In conclusion, the A6-5400K is a surprising performer, and if you can get it on sale, or as part of a Newegg discount bundle, so much the better. Despite it having old tech, this Trinity part has handled everything I've thrown at it, though it does have its limitations to consider.

Unless AMD amazes us with their Zen / Polaris architectures this year, I intend to stick with the A6-5400K for quite a few years and get as much value as I can out of it before upgrading.

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  • Russell N.
  • 1/27/2016 2:55:57 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Beats the old 3.0GHz Dual-core that I'd been using for years

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: Decent speed for the price. I've yet to have a problem with any of my AMD products

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  • 1/25/2016 10:38:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLOVE IT!!!

Pros: >>> Saved my electric bill <<< My system running 24/7 only runs at 250 watts of power now. Whereas before when I was running my AMD FX-8320 system 24/7 was running at 560 wats of there abouts.

For what I use my system for this new A6-5400K system will do just fine. Plenty of SATA6 ports on my new ASRock FM2A88M PRO3+ MicroATX board.

System Specifications:
* Cooler Master N400
* Raidmax 530w Modular Power Supply
* ASRock FM2A88M PRO3+ HDMI Motherboard
* A6-5400K Black Edition 3.6GHz Dual-Core APU
* Crucial 16GB DDR3 Dual-Channel Memory (Exp. 64GB)
* Crucial 512GB SATA6 SSD - Boot Drive
* Seagate 8TB SATA6 HDD - Storage
* 16x Bluray Burner
* TekRepublic Multi-Format Card Reader
* Windows 10 Home 64-Bit Full Edition

Cons: Nothing negative to speak of this setup. I will definitely buy again for sure.

Other Thoughts: Everyday computing
Data Recovery Workstation
Streaming music and videos with no problems

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  • N/A
  • 12/16/2015 12:07:05 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBlown Away

Pros: Quick and Quite...

For the price you can't beat this cpu... If you're building a PC to watch movies, visit websites, etc this is the way to go..

I have Windows 10 running on it..

Cons: For $40 I can't put anything in here... You'd never find a $40 intel processor that runs anywhere near as well as this cpu.

Other Thoughts: I can't imagine running video editing or even photoshop would be much fun but for the basic stuff this is perfect.

I actually just built 2 more HTPCs with this processor.. It's perfect for running Kodi!

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  • N/A
  • 11/29/2015 9:28:31 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAnother Great APU!!

Pros: *Excellent Power Efficiency - 23W @ Idle
*Quick - powers through everyday tasks with ample ease
*Inexpensive! @ 44.99 you just can't beat the value!

Cons: *Slight hiccups during heavy CPU usage such as during the Windows 8.1 install working on updates & program installation.
Made me a tad bit worried, did I choose the right budget chip for the job? After all was said and done though, never saw a hiccup again. After all..I was doing Windows updates & regular app installs simultaneous which pushed the chip to 100% usage. But after all was said and done.... flawless.

Other Thoughts: I'm very impressed with this little chip after completing 8.1 and putting it through it's paces for testing before delivering to my client. Power usage is excellent.

We paired this little guy with the following: Biostar HiFi A70UD3 Motherboard, 8GB GSkill Sniper Ram, LG DL DVD Burner & a Team L5 Ultra 120GB SSD powered by an Antec Earthwatts 380w 80+ PSU.

Power measurements were as follows from my P3 meter.

System Booting Up = Max Peaked 64w
System @ Idle = 23w
Watching Youtube Video = 27 to 36w
PeaceKeeper Benchmark = 43 to 50w
HD Video Playback = 31w

And opening apps, surfing the web, opening files.. incredibly snappy. With a pure hardware cost of just $200 you'll be surprised at how quick this little machine is. Excellent value. I think having a quality PSU does make a difference as well. Around this time last year I built an A4-7300 based rig for a client and saw 36w idle on a Rosewill 400w PSU that wasn't 80+ certified. TDP of both chips are the same so you'd assume closer efficiency numbers. Great little APU for the price. I'd def recommend for home or basic office / work duties. Will get the job done!

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  • N/A
  • 11/12/2015 10:40:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat APU

Pros: Quiet stock cooler,
Great budget APU

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Want to play games? Might not be on the enthusiast level but this will get the trick done on an extreme budget.

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  • N/A
  • 10/27/2015 2:00:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsWhat an amazing little chip

Pros: What a bargain! Since I got mine I've used it in a couple different applications - it started in my plex server, now it's in my HTPC. It's been lightening fast throughout. I've run it with Linux and Windows and it performs equally well in both.

Cons: None to speak of. Sure, you can find fast chips, but you'll pay a lot more. The best bang for buck I've had processor-wise.

Other Thoughts: It's not a world-beater, but this chip is both cheap and fast. If you're looking to build an HTPC or a light gaming PC, you can't beat it.

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