AMD Athlon 5350 And AM1 Platform Review: Kabini In A Socket

Game Benchmarks

Although you probably wouldn't consider these gaming-centric platforms, we did want to assess their ability to handle mainstream titles (especially since AMD makes such a big deal about its GCN-powered graphics component).

Keep in mind that the Athlon 5350 represents the very best you'll see out of AM1, while there is one faster offering from Intel. Of course, the AM1-based platform will take a discrete upgrade if you need more performance, while Bay Trail-D does not.

Dota 2 is probably one of the most played titles, but it's not exactly demanding. Neither is Grid 2 at its lowest detail settings. Yet, AMD's Athlon barely manages to post performance numbers close to 30 FPS. Sure, you can call those numbers playable. But they're not particularly good-looking. Intel's Celeron J1900, on the other hand, is simply too slow for gaming.

Based on our results, I'd guess that AMD's AM1 platform should be able to handle less-demanding MMOs like World of Warcraft, lightweight shooters like Left 4 Dead, and a wide range of even more casual games (such as Angry Birds).

I did fire up Battlefield 4 and Neverwinter to see if the Athlon could cope. But even at 1280x720 using the lowest possible settings, it couldn't.

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  • Are the CPU/APU names on Page 4's third image correct?
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  • Why is there no pricing on Intel CPUs on page 1?
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  • i hope mini office pc box can be a new trend
    AM1 can be a potential winner in this market
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  • Ultra low detail lol made me confused for once
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  • To Toms:

    What was the ambient temperature during the testing ? Surely Toms is not testing in an refrigerator ? That idle GPU and CPU temperature at 13 degrees Celsius seems about 10 degrees too low, given that they have to be necessarily above ambient conditions to make physical sense. Perhaps the sensors are not read correctly (wrong offset) ?

    For the Dota2 graphs, there seems to be a mistake for the color legend. The difference in color isn't resolution, since the resolution is fixed (right hand top corner of graph at 1080), so my guess is that red/black represents min/avg FPS similar to the 2nd graph on Grid2.
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  • lol my bad, misread and graphs are fine.
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  • Thanks for the article. I agree with your conclusion, as I would probably seek an alternative build for a a "PC-Like Device" as you put it. Seeing AM1 product costs relatively the same to an A4-4000 FM2+ confuses me, as I had originally expected (hoped) AM1 high-end combinations with a motherboard to cost around the $70 mark... If I were to make an AMD HTPC, or a typical AMD business computer, based on prices released by the e-tailers today, it would make more sense for me to build an FM2+ with A4-4000. Maybe prices will reduce in time to make this a more attractive alternative relative to an FM2+ for an HTPC or business computer.
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  • "Based on our results, I'd guess that AMD's AM1 platform should be able to handle less-demanding MMOs like World of Warcraft, lightweight shooters like Left 4 Dead, and a wide range of even more casual games (such as Angry Birds)."
    I think that it is safe to say that it can max out angry birds at 4k :)
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  • I think it would be nice to see NAS PCs rocking the AM1 platform
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  • 797416 said:
    To Toms: What was the ambient temperature during the testing ? Surely Toms is not testing in an refrigerator ? That idle GPU and CPU temperature at 13 degrees Celsius seems about 10 degrees too low, given that they have to be necessarily above ambient conditions to make physical sense. Perhaps the sensors are not read correctly (wrong offset) ?


    On-die sensors are notoriously inaccurate at low temperatures. In this case that's obvious, but we can only report what the sensors tell us.

    797416 said:
    For the Dota2 graphs, there seems to be a mistake for the color legend. The difference in color isn't resolution, since the resolution is fixed (right hand top corner of graph at 1080), so my guess is that red/black represents min/avg FPS similar to the 2nd graph on Grid2.


    Good catch! Fixed. :)
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  • 692707 said:
    Are the CPU/APU names on Page 4's third image correct?


    Thanks! Fixed. :)
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  • 222405 said:
    Why is there no pricing on Intel CPUs on page 1?


    Two reasons: they're not for sale yet and we don't have reliable pricing, plus the fact that they're bundled with motherboards, so we didn't want the pre-release pricing to be confusing next to the AM1 processors.
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  • Overpriced is this products' shadow. I can build an FM2(+) build for about the same money. Yes, it may use 20 watts more, but I get more CPU & GPU power from it. I really wanted the MB-CPU combo to be around $70 but that is almost the price of the APU.
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  • Where are the POV-Ray and Cinebench benchies ??
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  • Tomshardware! PLEASE test this platform with discrete graphics cards. I mean come on if the 5350 doesn't hold a 250X back it could be one hell of a budget builder's dream platform!
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  • Your assumption that this would handle WoW is flat out wrong. My sandy bridge i5 equipped laptop with a GT 540m struggles in 40 man world boss situations. This thing would be a slideshow.
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    PLEASE test this platform with discrete graphics cards. I mean come on if the 5350 doesn't hold a 250X back it could be one hell of a budget builder's dream platform!


    That's essentially a 45/65w A8-7600 Kaveri APU (likely around $120)
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  • I am interested in seeing this tested with discreet graphics as well.
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  • i always had a suspicion that jaguar cores might have more ipc than silvermont cores. the igpu kinds seals the deal for kabini. baytrail-d has lower power use but it's also overall slower and the boards seem to have less number of i/o ports.
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  • i'm planning to build a download only machine, will this be a viable solution? or should i go with a netbook?
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