Topic Title: AMD A4-5300 APU and Netflix HD
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 12/11/2012 07:06 PM
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I'm wanting to give my HTPC a kick in the pants and upgrade it from an e350 based system to the AMD A4-5300 APU. 
My only concern is Netflix HD. Can this apu handle it? I'm sure medium quality will work just fine just like on my e350 but will this handle Netflix HD @ 1080p?


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 12/12/2012 11:50 AM
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Probably.... Dealing with HD video isn't a particularly hard thing for the PC to do anymore... but I'd get an A6 or an A8, anyway.  The so called "APUs" have always had a relatively good GPU, paired with a weak CPU, so going too deep into the bargain barrel might come back to haunt you when doing anything CPU-intensive.



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 12/12/2012 11:59 AM
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Thank you for the reply.
I'm wanting to do this from a low budget prespective. The A6 will handle it for sure I should hope but its also $30-40 more than the A4 right now which is on sale for $45. Its much easier to convience the wife to allow me to do this @ $45 if you catch my drift.  With the A4 I can recoupe most of the cost by selling my e35m1-m pro board.

 12/12/2012 12:09 PM
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I know exactly what you mean. 

You can probably tell I'm not a huge fan of the APUs in general, but yeah... the A4 will probably do fine for Netflix.



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 12/12/2012 12:17 PM
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Yeah its just for my HTPC. Its not used for gaming except the odd minecrafting by my 4 yr old. The e350/6310 can play minecraft at medium setting so I'm sure A4 will handle it just fine. My only concern was Netflix HD. 

I'd like to get some actual confirmation from an owner of the A4 or someone who can give a more difinite answer.
The e350 should be able to handle Netflix HD too but it doesn't get along well with Silverlight at all. If it wasn't for that I'd be keeping the e350. 

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