AMD A10 9700 APU Query

PAULO40

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Hi All

Hoping someone can clarify what might be a very straightforward query for me regarding the mentioned AMD A10 9700 APU in the title.

Does the fact that this unit have CPU and GPU cores mean that you do not need a graphics card to produce a display?

As I said, a pretty straightforward query I'm sure most of you know the answer to, just need clarification.

Many thanks in advance
 

demonesc

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yes you would be correct in your assumption.
the AMD apu is the equivalent of an intel chip with hd graphics as standard.
 

PAULO40

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As you seem to know your stuff, I wanted to ask whether you think this APU in a PC would be capable of streaming good quality live video from an Xbox One to a live streaming service like Twitch, without the need for a graphics card? My brother is an intense gamer and wants to start streaming his game play to Twitch, and has asked me to build him a budget PC that can handle the streaming. The APU will be on an ASRock A320M-HDV R3.0 motherboard, with Patriot Viper Elite Series 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and a Novatech 500W PSU. I'd be interested to know what you think.
 

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It would not be powerful enough I'm afraid .
I am not a twitch streamer myself but I have looked into it before and for a good quality stream you would need a powerful CPU and Mid range GPU for a stand alone system.
Or a secondary one for the streaming.
Sorry just saw you intended one for xbox
It is dependant also on the quality of the stream .
For 720p it would not be so demanding.

I'm personally going to use a laptop for streaming my laptop has gtx1050ti and a quad core i5 processor.
Although I have just purchased an RTX 2060 which has its own resources specifically for streaming on a standalone system.
It's a tough one and can't be done very well on a budget.
Also you are looking at a streaming card between the Xbox and the pc ..that alone is like 150 pounds.

The main thing is enough power to process the information quickly so as to not ruin or degrade the stream.
it seems that multithreading is something that is considered vital.
so i would say a ryzen 5 series CPU will give you the best multithreaded power for the best price.
maybe with an entry level AMD rx GPU an RX550 2gb is pretty cheap.
 

PAULO40

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A really informative and useful answer, many thanks demon!

My brother has a streaming card already to put between the Xbox and PC, but from what you are saying it's looking like a budget PC build still won't be sufficient enough to provide a good quality streaming service. It sounds like the quality and stability of the stream is more dependent on the actual multithreading capabilities of the CPU then. I have a Ryzen 5 2600 in my PC but he's not having that, unless he pays me top dollar for it. I don't think 720p stream quality would be such an issue, couple that with the fact that the PC build I have in mind will only need to handle the streaming, so perhaps it could well be possible.

I'll give him the information and we'll see where to go from there. Cheers again for your help.
 

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