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AMD started banging the Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) drum shortly after purchasing ATI. But it wasn’t until the company introduced its Jaguar architecture that we saw uptake really garner the big headlines. In rapid succession, AMD found its hybrid technology in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and E- and A-series Mobility APUs (code-named Kabini and Temash) for mobile devices running Windows.

If you’re not familiar with the Jaguar design, it’s an evolution of AMD’s Bobcat architecture, which we first looked at back in 2010. The goal this time around was to improve Bobcat’s modest performance by augmenting the amount of work it could do per clock cycle. AMD also gave Jaguar support for more modern instruction set extensions like SSE 4.1/4.2 and AVX. Of course, in the process, APUs equipped with Jaguar get an updated on-board graphics engine. Gone is the VLIW-based design prevalent in Radeon HD 6000-and-newer GPUs, replaced by Graphics Core Next.

The Kabini-based APUs leverage up to four Jaguar cores and as many as 128 GCN-based shaders. If you want more technical depth on that processor, have a look at AMD’s Kabini: Jaguar And GCN Come Together In A 15 W APU.

Almost a year has passed since our first look at Kabini. Originally, AMD positioned the APU as mobile-focused, ideal for low-power devices wielding the flexibility of x86. More recently, the company revealed its intention to sell the chip into a desktop platform called AM1 as well, built around its FS1b processor interface.

Of course, AMD’s marketing machine is aflutter, calling AM1 the world’s first «system in a socket,» since Intel’s Bay Trail-D design isn’t upgradeable. It’s an embedded configuration with a soldered-down SoC. Indeed, most of the Bay Trail-equipped boards we’ve seen so far appear best suited to industrial applications. In contrast, AM1 motherboards seem more desktop-like, supporting up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory and accommodating active cooling.

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Header Cell — Column 0 Athlon 5350 Athlon 5150 Sempron 3850 Sempron 2650
CPU Cores 4 4 4 2
Clock Rate 2.05 GHz 1.6 GHz 1.3 GHz 1.45 GHz
GPU Frequency 600 MHz 600 MHz 450 MHz 400 MHz
Memory Data Rate 1600 MT/s 1600 MT/s 1600 MT/s 1333 MT/s
Total Cache 2 MB 2 MB 2 MB 1 MB
TDP 25 W 25 W 25 W 25 W
MSRP $59 $49 $39 $34

AMD is shipping AM1-capable APUs under the company’s Athlon and Sempron brands. Currently, all of the available models are rated for 25 W and feature 128 shaders, although the graphics engine ranges from 400 to 600 MHz, depending on the specific implementation. Three of the four chips come with four cores and 1600 MT/s memory support, while the lowest-priced Sempron 2650 is a dual-core version with a 1333 MT/s transfer rate cap. Core frequencies range from 1.3 to 2.05 GHz, which does serve to hold back performance. Then again, Intel is shipping similar to slightly higher clock rates on its Silvermont-based CPUs (Intel Silvermont Architecture: Does This Atom Change It All?).

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Header Cell — Column 0 Pentium J2900 Celeron J1900 Celeron J1800
CPU Cores 4 4 2
Base/Turbo Boost Clock Rate 2. 41/2.67 GHz 2/2.42 GHz 2.41/2.58 GHz
Dynamic GPU Clock Range 688/896 MHz 688/854 MHz 688/792 MHz
Memory Data Rate 1333 MT/s 1333 MT/s 1333 MT/s
Total Cache 2 MB 2 MB 1 MB
TDP 10 W 10 W 10 W

At least in this segment, AMD and Intel are topping out with four cores (the Jaguar architecture can continue scaling, as it does in the Xbox and PlayStation, while Silvermont does as well in the Atom C2000 family). Intel’s solution uses less power. However, the company’s HD Graphics engine is also less capable. And memory support is limited to 1333 MT/s across the Bay Trail-D platform.

We’d expect AMD’s socketed Kabini platform to be faster than the competition from Intel, based on all of those specifications, though Bay Trail-D may be more efficient. Let’s take a closer look at the hardware for more detail.

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AMD Kabini: Athlon 5350 Desktop SoC

AMD’s new AM1 platform is a fresh take on entry-level desktop computing with an SoC architecture wrapped in a socketed package for the masses.

April 17, 2014 by Lawrence Lee


AMD Athlon 5350
AM1 (FS1b) APU



Street Price


The evolution of AMD’s APUs have been slow and steady, gradually gaining performance and energy efficiency with each generation. On the desktop side of things, the FM1 platform that started it all debuted in 2011 and since then AMD has gone through three architecture iterations, and two sockets. The first series of APUs also included a low power family, primarily to combat the dominance of Intel Atom chips in nettops/netbooks. Unfortunately, this line wasn’t updated at all until last year when AMD moved to the 28 nm Jaguar APU architecture. Sadly there are still plenty of budget devices on the market still using the outdated technology primarily due to financial constraints.

Embedded versions of Jaguar power the Xbox One and PS4 and a variety of notebooks and SFF systems, but surprisingly AMD has developed a socketed upgradeable solution to desktop users. The new Kabini chips aren’t just APUs, they are full SoC (system-on-chip) solutions with the chipset integrated as well so the FCH (Fusion Controller Hub) found on all other AMD desktop motherboards has been incorporated under the same hood. Consolidating processor design typically improves efficiency and cuts cost, making it a smart move, especially for an entry level product. The socket itself is technically called FS1b but AMD has chosen to dub the platform AM1. Another interesting nomenclature decision is the revival of the Sempron name for their low-end parts while the “high-end” chips are bestowed the coveted Athlon title.

AMD AM1 APU (Kabini) Comparison


Athlon 5350

Athlon 5150

Sempron 3850

Sempron 2650

CPU Cores



CPU Clock

2. 05 GHz

1.60 GHz

1.30 GHz

1.45 GHz

L2 Cache

2 MB

1 MB

Memory Clock



GPU (R3)

HD 8400

HD 8280

HD 8240

Radeon Cores


GPU Clock

600 MHz

400 MHz



Price (Tray, 1Ku)





Street Price





Today we’ll be testing the top-of-the-line Athlon 5350 which is surprisingly affordable, currently selling for just US$60. On the other end of the spectrum, the bottom-rung Sempron 2650 can be had for a mere US$35. The opening Kabini lineup includes both quad and dual core chips with clock speeds ranging from 1.30 to 2.05 GHz (no Turbo Core) though they all operate within a 25W thermal envelope. The four chips also have similar GCN graphics technology as Kaveri but with only 128 Radeon cores and slower clock speeds all around. Technically they all run “R3” graphics but different HD 8000 model names are used to delineate differences in core and memory frequency.

With the FCH jammed into the same die as the CPU and GPU, there isn’t much real estate for a rich feature-set. AM1 supports only four PCI-E 2.0 lanes, single channel DDR3 up to 1600 MHz, two SATA 3/6 Gbps connections, and just two USB 3.0 ports.

Review package.

Under the stock cooler.

The Athlon 5350 has the same appearance as AMD’s previous socketed chips but with a TDP of just 25W, the accompanying cooler is much smaller than previous stock units. The heatsink measures 55 x 55 x 22 mm (L x W x H) and the fan is a slim 50 mm model screwed on top with a 2 mm gap in-between, making the total height 39 mm. The FS1b socket has only two mounting holes with the cooler using a pair of pushpins (with completely removable pins) to lock it into place. While old AMD coolers are not backwards compatible, the new retention mechanism is more compact, which is a plus for smaller form factor boards.

We were provided with an ASUS AM1I-A to test the 5350, a mini-ITX model with two DDR3 slots, a pair of SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a single PCI-E 2.0 4x slot (compatible with 16x cards), and HDMI and DVI outputs. The AM1I-A has a street price of just US$50 which actually makes it one of the more expensive AM1 models on the market while more stripped down mainboards can be had for close to US$30. AMD rounded out the package with just a single 4GB stick of their Radeon Entertainment Series DDR3 memory which is sufficient as the memory controller is only single channel.

System Configuration:

  • AMD Athlon 5350 processor
    – 4 x 2.05 GHz, 28 nm, 25W, integrated Radeon R3 graphics
  • AMD Entertainment Series DDR3 memory– 1x4GB, DDR3-1600, C9
  • Kingston HyperX 3K
    solid state drive – 240GB
  • Asus
    Blu-ray drive
  • picoPSU-80 – DC-DC ATX power supply
  • Microsoft
    Windows 7 Ultimate
    operating system, 64-bit

CPU-Z screenshot while on load.

Test configuration device listing.

Measurement and Analysis Tools

  • CPU-Z
    to monitor CPU frequency and voltage.
  • SpeedFan
    to monitor system temperatures.
  • Prime95
    processor stress software.
  • Media Player
    Classic – Home Cinema
    to play H.264/VC-1 video.
  • Mozilla
    with Adobe
    Flash Player
    to play Flash video.
  • Adobe
    as an image manipulation benchmark.
  • Eset NOD32 as
    an anti-virus benchmark.
  • WinRAR as an
    archiving benchmark.
  • iTunes
    an audio encoding benchmark.
  • TMPGEnc
    as a video encoding benchmark.
  • HandBrake as a
    video encoding benchmark
  • Extech
    AC Power Analyzer 380803
    AC power meter, used to measure system power consumption.

Timed CPU Benchmark Test Details

  • Photoshop: Image manipulation using a variety of filters, a derivation
    of Driver Heaven’s Photoshop
    Benchmark V3 (test image resized to 4500×3499).
  • NOD32: In-depth virus scan of a folder containing 32 files of varying
    size with many RAR and ZIP archives.
  • WinRAR: Archive creation with a folder containing 68 files of varying
    size (less than 50MB).
  • iTunes: Conversion of an MP3 file to AAC.
  • TMPGEnc: Encoding a XVID AVI file with VC-1.
  • HandBrake: Encoding a XVID AVI file with H.264.

3D Performance Benchmarks

  • 3DMark11
    DirectX 11 benchmark.
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0 DirectX 11 benchmark.
  • Crysis demo standalone benchmark.
  • Lost Planet 2 standalone benchmark, DirectX 9 mode, test “A”, first stage.
  • Aliens vs. Predator standalone benchmark.

Testing Procedures

Our main test procedure is a series of both CPU (timed tests of real-world applications) and GPU-centric (gaming tests and synthetics) benchmarks. System power consumption at various states is also measured.

Certain services and features like Superfetch and System Restore are disabled
to prevent them from affecting our results.
We also make note if energy saving features like Cool’n’Quiet and SpeedStep
do not function properly.


The Athlon 5350’s performance and power consumption is much lower than any desktop CPU we’ve tested in quite some time, so we compared it with other low power systems and CPU/motherboard combinations. The one exception was the latest Kaveri system with the A8-7600 set to the 45W mode in the BIOS, to give you idea how far away the 5350 is from a traditional desktop.

CPU Performance

Our previous experience with this processor technology was with Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite, an ultrabook running a mobile CPU, the A6-1450, which runs at just 1.0 GHz (up 1.4 GHz with Turbo Core). The A6-1450 was for the most part fairly snappy but we did notice the occasional stutter here and there, even with Windows loaded onto an SSD. The much high-clocked Athlon 5350 didn’t suffer from any perceived performance issues and of course also performed stronger in our benchmarks.

In single-threaded tests, the Athlon 5350 was substantially faster than the A6-1450, and stayed ahead of the Atom C2758 2.4 GHz SoC based on Intel’s latest Silvermont architecture. The Core i3-3217U was also eclipsed in the multi-threaded video encoding tests, but it’s clear the low power Ivy Bridge chip is a superior processor overall. Older nettop chips like the Atom N2600 and G-T56N (similar to the E-350) were completely obliterated.

We arrived at our relative CPU performance scores by giving each system/chip a proportional
score in each real world benchmark with each test having an equal weighting.
The scale has been adjusted so that the Athlon 5350 is the reference point with
a score of 100. By this metric the 5350 is more than 50% faster than the A6-1450 and delivers almost twice the performance of the AMD G-T56N. The i3-3217U has a 20% advantage while the Atom C2758 is ahead by 19% though only by virtue of its strong multi-threaded test results (the C2758 is an octa-core SoC).

GPU Performance

The 5350’s Radeon R3 graphics also deliver a sizable improvement from what preceded it, but the gaming performance remains purely within the realm of low-end integrated solutions. Barely playable frame rates at low resolutions were produced in Crysis and Lost Planet 2, while Aliens vs. Predator proved to be a little too demanding.

Energy Efficiency

Note: all the systems compared used a small external power supply which are typically very efficient at low loads compared to ATX units.

Our Athlon 5350 configuration pulled 18W from the wall during idle and 25W during 1080p H.264 and Flash playback. Video playback was perfectly smooth and effortless, making it suitable for a home theater PC. We suspect that there’s also enough CPU horsepower to do software decoding of any video formats that don’t support hardware acceleration. Energy efficiency was poor compared to most of the SFF systems in the chart but it’s a substantial improvement over the A8-7600, the most frugal AMD desktop chip we’ve tested in the last few years. 55W Pentium G2120 beat it soundly but keep in mind it was tested with a thin mini-ITX motherboard (practically mobile hardware) rather than a standard desktop model.

On heavy load, our 5350 combination used almost half as much power as the
A8-7600. Full CPU+GPU load pulled less than 45W AC, so a 60W power supply is
all that’s needed for a basic configuration. The maximum power draw also wasn’t
enough to noticeably heat up the stock cooler. The fan spun at a modest speed
throughout testing, producing very little noise.

Editor’s Note (April 23): Reader
reaction in the forum to the minimal comments made here by Lawrence Lee
regarding the noise of the fan on the ASUS heatsink prompted me to revisit
the anechoic chamber with the test system. I can confirm the original comment
that the fan produces very little noise. It is low enough that at 1m distance
in the chamber, the fan is inaudible; ie, below the ambient level, which is
10~11 dBA — extremely, unnaturally quiet. This is at the default/idle
speed of ~1,200 RPM. When left under 100% load with Prime95 for about 45 minutes,
the CPU temperature rose to around 46°C (26°C above ambient), and
the fan sped up to nearly 1,400 RPM. The noise level barely increased, however.
At one meter distance it was still more or less inaudible and very beinign,
with a soft muted quality; the measured SPL was <13 dBA.


The AM1 platform does a solid job of bridging the gap between AMD’s embedded predecessors and fully-featured APUs. The Athlon 5350’s CPU and GPU performance fall well short of the latest Kaveri chips, but it has helped raise the floor for entry level computing. No, it’s not fast, but it is fast enough for the majority of users who use their PC for basic applications like web browsing, listening to music, and watching videos. When we weren’t running benchmarks, that is to say during regular Windows operations, we often forgot what chip was under the hood. The speed and responsiveness was difficult to distinguish from traditional Intel and AMD desktop platforms. When we evaluated the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Lite, which runs a slower mobile version processor of the same architecture (A6-1450, 1.0~1.4 GHz), it wasn’t nearly as smooth. This may indicate that the lower-clocked Sempron parts within the Kabini lineup might not quite be up to snuff either.

AM1’s connectivity options aren’t as robust as other socketed platforms but most of the vital features are present. Given Kabini’s low power envelope, it seems like an ideal choice for a home server but only two SATA ports are supported, even if they are 6 Gbps. Some motherboards include an mSATA slot, while others include a third party controller for an additional two ports, but if you want more drives than that, a controller card will be required. USB 3.0 is also limited to two ports, and as most manufacturers place them at the rear, that means no front USB 3.0. Adding a discrete graphics card is a waste as the lack of CPU processing power and four PCI-E 2.0 lanes act as tight bottlenecks so gaming is out of the question, but the integrated graphics are perfectly suited for a media PC.

What really makes AM1 compelling is price as both the processors and motherboards range from about US$35 to US$60. This puts them in competition with a handful of Intel-powered embedded CPU/motherboard combinations using ultra-low voltage Sandy/Ivy Bridge chips and J-series Celerons, desktop SoC versions of Intel’s latest Atom generation. However, as we have not yet tested any of these solutions, we will reserve final judgment on which solution is superior. What we can say is AMD’s socket strategy gives it an advantage both in upgradeability and versatility as consumers get to choose between various hardware combinations.

Our thanks to AMD
for the Athlon 5350 processor and ASUS for the AM1I-A motherboard sample.

AMD Athlon 5350 is Recommended by SPCR

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Specifications for AMD Athlon 5350 BOX processor on the KNS website



General characteristics





Number of Cores

4 cores

Process technology

28 nm


CPU frequency

2.05 GHz

L1 cache size

64 Kb

L2 cache size

2 Mb


AMD64/EM64T support


SSE2 support


SSE3 support


SSE4 support


NX bit support


Virtualization Technology support



Heat dissipation

25 W

Weight (gross, kg)

0. 3


Guarantee period

1 year

Reviews 0

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Basic Information



Processor Family


9000 6 Processor model


Processor type




Release year


Main specifications

Number of cores

4 cores

Number of threads

4 threads

Socket (connector)

Socket AM 1

Processor architecture


Base frequency

2050 MHz

Auto overclock


Free CPU Multiplier





Transistors (millions)




Max Temp


L1 L1 Cache

32×4+32 x4 KB

L2 cache

2048 KB

Cache Level 3 L3

no Kb


RAM controller


Types of RAM


Memory channels


Peripheral support

PCI Express version

2. 0

PCIe lanes


NVMe support

SSD U.2 support

M.2 SSD support

Integrated video


AMD Radeon R3 series

Athlon 5350 performance rating

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Rating calculation method:
Overall rankingBy Kabini architectureBy socket AM1Among Intel processorsAmong AMD processorsAmong desktop processorsAmong A-series processorsAmong 4-core processorsAmong 2014 processors

Overall performance rating



PassMark CPU Mark



Cinebench 11.5 (64-bit) Multi-threaded test



Cinebench 11.5 (64-bit) Single-threaded test

9 0006 0.39

(4.51 %)

Cinebench 15 (64-bit) Multi-threaded test


(1. 54%)

Cinebench 15 (64-bit) Single-threaded test


( 13.13%)

Geekbench 4.0 (64-bit) Multi-threaded test



Geekbench 4.0 (64-bit) Single-threaded test



X264 HD 4.0 Pass 1



X264 HD 4.0 Pass 2 900 03



3DMark06 CPU



WinRAR 4.0




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Rating calculation method:
Overall rankingBy Kabini architectureBy socket AM1Among Intel processorsAmong AMD processorsAmong desktop processorsAmong A-series processorsAmong 4-core processorsAmong 2014 processors

Overall performance rating
3291 participating


1352 place

(out of 3291)

PassMark CPU Mark
3279 participate in the ratingprocessors

1455th place

(out of 3279)

Cinebench 11. 5 (64-bit) Multi-threaded test

Cinebench 11.5 (64-bit) Single Thread Test
3215 processors participate in the rating

630 place

(out of 3215)

Cinebench 15 (64-bit) Multi-threaded test
3218 processors participate in the rating

1243 place 900 03

(from 3218)

Cinebench 15 (64-bit) Single-threaded test
3217 processors participate in the ranking

832nd place

(out of 3217)

Geekbench 4.0 (64-bit) Multi-threaded test
V The ranking includes 3209 processors

1152 place

(out of 3209)

Geekbench 4.0 (64-bit) Single-threaded test
3209 processors participate in the ranking

807 place

(out of 3209)

X264 HD 4.0 Pass 1 90 321 3211 processors participate in the rating

1239 place

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1265 place

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Power saving technologies
Name of technology or instruction Meaning Short description
PowerNow! PowerNow! idle frequency reduction technology.
Standard extension set
Technology or instruction name Meaning Short description
MMX (Multimedia Extensions) Multimedia extensions.
SSE (Streaming SIMD Extensions) Streaming SIMD processor extension.
SSE2 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 2) Processor Streaming SIMD Extension 2.
SSE3 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 3) Processor Streaming SIMD Extension 3.
SSSE3 (Supplemental Streaming SIMD Extension 3) Additional SIMD extensions for streaming 3.
SSE4 (Streaming SIMD Extensions 4) Processor Streaming SIMD Extension 4.
AES (Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions) Command system extension.
AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) Command system extension.
F16C (16-bit Floating-Point conversion) 16-bit floating point conversion.
SSE4A (Streaming SIMD Extensions 4A) Processor Streaming SIMD 4A Extension.
BMI1 (Bit manipulation instructions 1) BMI1 bit control command set.
AMD64 64-bit microprocessor architecture developed by AMD.
Safety technology
Technology or instruction name Meaning Short description
EVP (Enhanced Virus Protection) Improved virus protection.
Virtualization technologies
Technology or instruction name Meaning Short description
AMD-V AMD-V Virtualization Technology.

AMD Athlon 5350 Processor Overview

AMD’s Athlon 5350 desktop processor uses the Kabini microarchitecture at its core. On sale since 2014.

The processor supports PCI, which makes it possible to connect all kinds of peripherals. The integrated PCI 2.0 bus controller uses 4 lanes.

This processor needs efficient cooling since its power reaches 25 watts. With a technical process of 28 nanometers, the total number of transistors reaches 914 million. It should also be noted that there is an integrated video system AMD Radeon R3 series. It is installed exclusively on motherboards with Socket AM1 socket. The temperature limit of the processor cores under load can reach up to 90°C.

2050 MHz per core is enough for many basic tasks of PC users.

Inexpensive processor manufactured in 2014, ideal for office activities, study and work. Athlon 5350 does not lose its relevance even now.

Competitors and analogues

On the Socket AM1 socket, among the competitors, we note AMD models: model 5370 from the A-series family, Sempron 3850 from 2014, model 5150 from the A-series line. Among the analogues of processors from intel, it is worth noting the G4400T model on the LGA1151-1 socket from the Pentium series, Pentium G2130 2013, Pentium G3460T 2015, Celeron G3920 on the Skylake-S architecture, the G3250 model on the LGA1150 socket from the Pentium processor series, and the G3240 model among the Pentium processor line.