While the A6 isn't top of the line (it was never meant to be in the first place), I've given it a very thorough workout over the last two years or so that I've had it and I can promise you that if your system is configured correctly, you're not trying to stream 1080p video or have 50 tabs open in Chrome in the background or anything stressful like that, it will play most games out there at playable frame rates. Of course you're not going to get 1080p and full detail. I already admitted to this. I'm not stupid nor am I clueless, contrary to apparent popular opinion. I know the what the hell I'm talking about. Obviously an A6 isn't going to win any awards and when I referenced the A6, I was talking more about the HD6350 inside, not the cpu side of the APU. But it's not a slouch if you know how to use it right and don't mind knocking the sliders back a little...or playing a little under 1080p, which, my LCD being 1680x1050, is no issue.
I'm not debating per se, just disagreeing and pointing out what I felt was an exaggeration. The A6 can barely manage 720p 30fps at lowest detail settings in many popular games, the benchmarks are pretty clear. The A10-7870k is a better bet for budget gaming but even that isn't going to do much with modern titles and people might as well get a previous gen dedicated card at that stage. Nvidia makes better laptop GPUs and they are often paired with Intel CPUs for an added bonus. AMDs APU products were never really that impressive from anything other than a cost stand point. Conceptually they were supposed to help AMD make inroads with the laptop market and give them ammo to fight Intel whose weak IGP performance was a sticking point for a long time. Unfortunately that market got gobbled by hybrid solutions from Intel/NV or moved onto cellphones and tablets.
Not a big deal, I was just perusing the thread and wanted to comment on that.
My only contention here is the driver release times. They released 12 drivers last year, as the last one was 14.12 and I'm sure you're aware that it goes YEAR/MONTH. So I'm not sure where you're getting this one WHQL driver a year thing from? I'm not saying they always release a driver every month, they don't, but they try to get them out as soon as possible. They've had four or five driver releases this year already and not all of them were betas, though the majority were. Still, the latest was 15.9 which just got a hotfix and while that's not WHQL-certified, the July 15.7 release is. Personally, I don't see the big deal with it being certified or not, they work just the same.
I want better quality and if they can't do better quality then faster releases. I've been hit by several major AMD driver bugs over the years and compatibility issues with games. I can count on game ready drivers for most new titles within a day of release from NV. I remember one of the devs who worked at a porting house commented on here how difficult it was to get anything out of AMD while Nvidia answered emails same day and even assigned dedicated reps for big projects. I used to give them a pass on this until I found out they gutted the driver and dev outreach teams as a cost saving measure awhile ago.
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