Back to the actual purpose of the thread (which is not to irrationally bash AMD)
I did just find some interesting things people might like about Kaveri:
Apparently, you can select 65W or 45W for the APU (for the 65W APUs, of course) so you can automatically reduce their power usage if you wish.
Also, if you transcode, the GPU transcoding is insanely fast, super fast if you use Espresso. I do not transcode, so I do not know the merits of one program over another:
Here is their conclusion:
Kaveri is good step forward for AMD, the heterogeneous architecture allows them to have the different segments within the APU to communicate and address each other much better, faster and more efficient. That is in essence what the big achievement of Kaveri entails. It is the first step for AMD's true heterogeneous architecture, a symbiosis of segments like the processor, IGP, memory controller, video engine and so on all merged together. And that brings in efficiency. Kaveri as such is the most powerful APU AMD ever introduced, the focus for AMD however has been everything but not processing performance, and that puzzles me. I've been thinking about this for tdays really, I mean AMD put well over 2 Billion transistors in this APU and that shows in both OpenCL and graphics performance. Kudo's for that. But the actual processing performance of the product is barely a notch faster compared to Trinity and Richland, and I just don't get it anymore. See it's now 2014 and the APU serial processing performance is not even at the performance level of a Phenom II X4 970 from early 2011. AMD on their end claims that actually processing performance is less significant and that the GPU performance as well as OpenCL performance is where they need to be. CPU performance will be compensated once Mantle kicks in, it pretty much sums up AMDs look at things. But even if Mantle would get wise adoption from the software houses, it's not gonna help them at all with generic CPU dependant applications, just with games.
In AMDs defense, we can compare a A8-7600 price wise towards the Intel Core I3 4330 CPU right ? I mean it's the same price. On Intels side you get a much slower IGP and actually only two physical CPU cores. In that perspective the A8 series at the very least seem to be very tempting. But sure, it will be interesting to see how this will pan out on the short term.
The A8-7600 APU as tested today performance roughly at similar performance levels as the previous generation A10-6700 and A10 6800K APUs. We feel that the AMD A8-7600 as tested today is a product for entry-level towards mainstream PCs, it is an excellent solution for HTPCs. The focus on the A8 system and the capabilities will be small form factor PCs for casual gaming, media etc and on that front it definitely excels. The A8-7600 with its optional TDP configuration at 45W might very well be the sweet spot for Kaveri.