I realize this is getting a bit OT, but it does relate to the AMD Richland.
I considered upgrading my desktop which has a quad core Athlon II X4 640. I’d like to add an SSD & thought a new mobo with SATA III would be the way to go, plus having UEFI BIOS would really speed up boot time,
Some typical Micro Center bundles are as follows:
A6-6400K with MSI FM2-A75MA-P33 mobo combo is $70.
A8-6600K with same mobo for $110.
Stepping up to the MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 is an extra $20 in either case.
The A6-6400K is probably all I need but it seems like a step down unless I stay with another quad core. The Athlon II X4 640 works well for me when authoring video using VideoReDo, however I don’t do much of that anymore.
The Intels are quite a bit more.
Intel i3-3245 & Gigabyte GA-B75M-HD3 bundle is $175.
Intel i3-4340 is $139.99 & ASRock H87M Pro4 bundle is $200.
From various reviews & comments it seems the Intel CPUs have stronger processing power than comparably priced AMD ones, but AMD is better with graphics. Of course I could always add a graphics card.
I started by looking for an AM3/AM3+ mobo that would use my current CPU but would have SATA III, but I could not find any. One thing led to another which ended with a $200 upgrade path.
Should I even consider the A6-6400K as a replacement for the Athlon II X4 640 in order to utilize SATA III and UEFI BIOS?