AMD aims to offer a quad core an affordable processor for the mainstream market. Lets take a look at it, and see what we think.
Quick key facts
|APU (Processor and graphics processor)||Yes|
|CPU Clock Speed||2.05 GHz|
|GPU Clock Speed||600 MHz|
|AMD Radeon™ Cores||128|
|AMD Radeon™ Brand||Radeon™ R3 Graphics (AMD Radeon™ HD 8400)|
|Total Dedicated L2 Cache||2MB|
|DDR3 Speed||1600 MHz (single-channel)|
|I/O Support||2 USB 3.0, 8 USB 2.0, 2 SATA 6gbps, 1 PCIe 2.0|
|Display Support||Display Port 1.2, HDMI, DVI, VGA|
The included fan is a push type of fan mount, and is very easy to mount.
For normal task such as surfing internet, office tasks, watching Full HD 1080p H264 video, the processor is quite pleasant. To get balanced system performance we recommend 8GB system memory and an SSD. For heavy applications, that are not mainstream users typical use, then this processor is not a suitable choice.
Cinebench 11.5 Multi threaded (Higher is better)
|AMD Athlon 5350||2.02|
|Intel Celeron J1900||1.75|
3DMark – Fire Strike Graphics 1920×1080 (Higher is better)
|AMD Athlon 5350||404|
|Intel Celeron J1900||179|
Full HD 1080p H.264 video works just fine with videofiles, and online HTML5 video services. Ultra HD (4K) video plays stuttery with processor being overloaded.
|AMD Athlon 5350||10W|
|Intel Celeron J1900||17W|
|AMD Athlon 5350||35W|
|Intel Celeron J1900||30|
Noise is a consern, if you are looking for a quiet system. The fan is loud in idle and in load. The fan can be made quiet, if your motherboard supports it.
The motherboard Asus AM1I-A, supports it by changing BIOS CPU Q-Fan settings like below. In our environment of 22 Celcius, these settings worked just fine, and the fan became very quiet in both idle and in load.
AMD delivered as expected here. This is a fully usable office and home theater PC for 1080p. It can also play some light games, but CPU is too slow to be a gaming system, even if you insert a gaming graphicscard. The power consumption is very low and is therefor very suitable for as well for a 24/7 home server. The processor only supports 2x SATA 6Gbps ports, which can mean 1 SSD and 1 storage harddrive. Its a big plus that motherboards for this system are affordable as well. Overall we are pretty pleased with this system for its intended use.
|Pretty good performance for its intended use (common tasks and mainstream users)|
|Video engine can handle videos in Full HD 1080p H.264|
|Can play some light games|
|Very low power consumption|
|Can fit in small cases|
Up to you
|The fan can be made quiet, with the motherboard Asus AM1I-A, by changing BIOS CPU Q-Fan settings|
|The fan is loud in idle, and in load|
|CPU only has support for 2X SATA 6Gbps ports|
|Video stutters in Ultra HD (4K) videos|
|CPU is too slow to be a gaming system, even if you insert a gaming graphicscard|
|3rd party CPU cooler market is lacking|