Pros Beats the Intel HD 2000 Graphics easily, and even more with the HD 6670. Also power efficient considering it uses up only 100W.
Cons lower processing performance compared to i3 2100.
Need new socket(FM1) - not compatible with AM3.
Summary Recommended if you are a casual gamer and you don't want to sacrifice a lot of money. It is fast, inexpensive, better cost-ratio than the i3 2100 and power-efficient. Pair it up with the Asus F1A75-V Pro for extreme GPU and CPU overclocking.
Pros Inexpensive, works for me, good at running multiple graphics intensive programs.
Cons Haven't found one in a laptop yet.
Summary Have been using an A8-3850, also on F1A74-V Pro motherboard with HD 6670 graphics card, for a little over a month now. Original built it as an inexpensive computer to use with the HDTV in my wife's craft room, but after playing with it for awhile I decided to donated the i3 on my desk to the craft room, keeping the A8-3850 as my home office desktop. Benchmarks aside, for my day to day use AMD hit this one out of the ballpark. I use two monitors a 24" Asus and 42" 240Hz HDTV often running Auto Cad, Solid Works, Word, Excel, Access, Photo shop and/or Corel Draw, while streaming music or a movie in a small window. Sure the differences in motherboard/ram and cooling have allot to do with it too and I'll have to see how it holds up over time, but for now the A8-3850 has stomped the i3 I was using in the home office and if truth be told is not noticeably slower or less reliable than the hideously expensive so called "graphics workstation" station I use when I'm forced to actually drive to the office.
Pros Kills dirty bridge in graphics, which is what I need the most.
Cons I wish this processor would have come out a year ago before I put together my last rig.
Summary I just finished my build with an ASUS F1A75-V pro with an HD 6770 in crossfire. This computer is so quiet, so fast, and was so inexpensive to build. I would highly recommend this configuration.