PC Gaming on Budget: AMD A8-5600K / Radeon HD 7560D Review with Benchmarks

AMD A8-5600K with Radeon HD 7560D

With the recent release of the “Trinity” quad-core AMD A8-5600K Accelerated Processing Unit with the Radeon HD 7560D graphics (as well as other APUs from “Trinity” lineup), AMD has provided customers with possibility to build very cheap gaming PCs. True, its performance isn’t top-notch, but it is capable of running many of the popular games at decent frame rates, as the benchmark results below show. In addition, the A8-5600K is overclocking-friendly thanks to its unlocked multiplier, resulting in even better fps. And all that for under $500.

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Intel Pentium G2120 Review with Benchmarks

Intel Pentium G2120

The reviewed Intel Pentium G2120 is a brand new desktop processor with two cores and 3.1GHz clock speed. When compared to the previous “Sandy Bridge” Pentium chips, the main difference on the new “Ivy Bridge” part is its 22-nanometer production technology as opposed to 32nm. It generally brings lower power consumption and heat as the main advantages, and therefore more room for higher clock speeds. The G2120 consumes up to 55W of power. It includes 3MB of cache and Intel HD graphics with up to 1.05GHz clock speed. Important features of the Core i3 and higher processors that are missing on the reviewed CPU are HyperThreading (G2120 is limited to 1 thread per core), QuickSync for faster video editing, and TurboBoost (i5 & i7) for dynamic overclocking of cores. Support for PCI Express 3.0 is also missing, affecting users who want to pair the CPU with one of the PCIe 3.0 dedicated video cards.

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Asus P8B75-M LX Motherboard Overview

Asus P8B75-M LX

The Asus P8B75-M LX is a new budget-class motherboard based on the Intel B75 chipset, designed for use with Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge processors and oriented toward business users. Due to Micro ATX form factor, the P8B75-M LX is convenient for use in smaller desktop PCs, but as a downside the motherboard has only two memory slots, as well as only one PCI-E 3.0 x16, two PCI-E x1, and one PCI slot. Storage support-wise, there is a decent number of ports – five SATA 3G and one SATA 6G, while for connectivity to external devices there are a total of eight USB 2.0 and four USB 3.0 connectors. Video output is provided via VGA and DVI ports. Audio is provided via VIA VT1708S, whereas Gigabit LAN connection is supported by Realtek 8111F-VB-CG.

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Lenovo H430 – Essential Inexpensive Desktop

Lenovo H430

The Lenovo H430 is a new version of the H420 desktop PC from the company’s Essential lineup. The H430 and H420 have the same chassis with glossy plastics and brushed aluminum on the front and metal sides, but the former optionally packs the 3rd Generation Intel Core CPU, whereas the latter is offered with up to the 2nd Gen Core. However, select H430 configurations also come with the 2nd Gen Core, so it is not obvious what’s the difference between them and the H420. One of the differences is availability of dedicated video card options on the newer model, namely the AMD Radeon HD 7570 2GB and NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 2GB. It also sports Lenovo’s Enhanced Experience 3.0, up from 2.0 version. EE technology consists of various system tweaks to enable faster Windows boot up times and better responsiveness in general.

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Dell Vostro 270s – New Slim Desktop PC

Dell Vostro 270s

The Dell Vostro 270s is a new addition to the company’s small form factor desktop PC lineup. Since it’s a member of the Vostro lineup, the 270s is aimed at budget-conscious small business users. This model, revealed at the 2012 IFA Show, offers a variety of lower-to-mid class dual-core Intel CPUs including the Celeron G460, Pentium G630, Core i3 2120 and 3220, as well as the i5 3450s as the most powerful CPU option offered.

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Acer Aspire X3-Series X3995 Small & Affordable Desktop PC

Acer Aspire X3 X3995

Desktops still have a better performance / price ratio than notebooks, besides dominance of their mobile counterparts on the PC market. The brand new Acer Aspire X3-series X3995 with a basic price in Europe of about 380 EUR delivers that advantage, while not taking to much space on your desk, thanks to the small footprint of 100x367mm.

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