Originally Posted by Tiddles88
AMD's best 4 cores can barely match Intel's more or less mid range dual core. AMD's architecture and the way their processors "tick" is just poor. Price doesn't even come into it. A 3220 is roughly the same price (within $10) of an A10. If you know you can use an A10, by all means go for it. Just for most people an i3 is sufficient (right now anyway).
AMD's quad core is not exactly a full blown quad core, as two cores share some architecture. I believe the design was designed with high core count in mind like the less optimized 8 core bulldozer chips. Its not exactly an apples to apples comparison. Either way APU's are obviously aimed for low to mid range systems say under $500, anyone opting for a high end system will go for a stronger cpu with discrete graphics with the graphics card alone costing a couple hundred bucks. Your average user who does multimedia(including us HTPC guys), email, web browsing, productivity has absolutely no need for a high end system these days. With consuls unfortunately taking over the gaming market there is very little use for high end systems at all any more, they are becoming a very niche market. I read that intel would not accept any design improvements for Haswell that would increase power consumption, so even intel is stressing all out performance less.
P.S. I'm typing this from my underwhelming amd e450 based laptop, that I'm perfectly happy with for laptop use.