Introduction

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 Cores 4
CPU Clock Speed 2.05 GHz
TDP 25W
Socket AM1

 

Technical specifications

GPU Clock Speed 600 MHz
AMD Radeon™ Cores 128
AMD Radeon™ Brand Radeon™ R3 Graphics (AMD Radeon™ HD 8400)
Total Dedicated L2 Cache 2MB
GCN Technology Yes
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
Technology 28 nm

 

Installation

The included fan is a push type of fan mount, and is very easy to mount.

 

Performance

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.

 

Processor performance

Cinebench 11.5 Multi threaded (Higher is better)

AMD Athlon 5350 2.02
Intel Celeron J1900 1.75

 

Performance Graphics

3DMark – Fire Strike Graphics 1920×1080 (Higher is better)

AMD Athlon 5350 404
Intel Celeron J1900 179

 

Performance Video

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.

 

Power Consumption

Idle

AMD Athlon 5350 10W
Intel Celeron J1900 17W

 

Load

AMD Athlon 5350 35W
Intel Celeron J1900 30

 

Noise

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.

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Conclusion

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.

 

Pros

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
Affordable APU
Affordable motherboards
Can fit in small cases
Easy installation

 

Up to you

The fan can be made quiet, with the motherboard Asus AM1I-A, by changing BIOS CPU Q-Fan settings

 

Cons

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

 

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