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Apr
9
2014

AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini APU Review - Quad Core for less

AMD Athlon 5350 Kabini APU Review - Quad Core for less

The new quad-core AMD Athlon 5350 APU is designed for those who want more computational power for less. It’s optimized for productivity and does it at a great price point. Because it is an APU, it offers balanced computing for casual gaming and video playback. In addition, the AM1 platform is upgradeable and is the first System in a Socket from AMD.

The AMD Athlon 5350 is a system in a socket that features four CPU cores, 128 Radeon Cores and support for USB 3.0 and SATA III. The 5350 is a “Kabini” based APU that utilizes the GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture and “Jaguar” CPU cores.

Because it is a system in a socket, the AMD 5350 features the chipset and IO all on the CPU itself. In doing so, the cost of the motherboard can also be driven down making the platform even more affordable. Natively, Kabini APUs will support two SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, four PCIe 2.0 lanes.

At launch, there will be two Kabini APUs available in the U.S. market. The 5350 that we tested features a 2.06Ghz clock speed while the 5150 will operate at 1.60 Ghz. Both feature Radeon R3 graphics with 128 cores that operate at 600Mhz. In addition, both chips will operate at a TDP of 25 watts.

Due to them requiring such little power, it also means that a large heatsink is not required. A new mounting system is used on their FS1b socket that relies on a push-pin design. Instead of the four holes you see on Intel boards, the FS1b uses only two.

Benchmarks

As far as benchmarks go, for its price point the AMD 5350 is a serious contender. It offers great performance in a tiny package making it perfect for home theater PCs and average day-to-day computers.

Conclusion

So, who is the AMD 5350 really for? The new Athlon APU really does live up to its “Quad Core for Less” claim. Why someone would opt for the AM1 platform is for its upgradability which allows you the ability to upgrade your processor when the time comes. If you are looking to get a system as a HTPC or need another computer for light use, the new Kabini APUs look like they might be a serious contender for Intel.

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