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

Test Systems And Benchmarks

We're comparing AMD's new Athlon 5350 to Intel's Celeron J1900. It's a great match-up because it gives us our first opportunity to test Intel's Bay Trail-D platform against AM1 using closely-matched clock rates (the Celeron is running at a 2 GHz base frequency that goes as high as 2.41 GHz, while the Athlon operates at 2.05 GHz).

While Intel's most powerful Bay Trail-D-compatible option is the Pentium J2900, the only difference between that chip and our Celeron J1900 is clock rate. The Pentium's base frequency is 410 MHz higher, while its peak Turbo Boost state allows for 250 MHz more. Additionally, the HD Graphics engine is up to 42 MHz faster on the Pentium.

AM1 SystemBGA 1170 System
MotherboardGigabyte AM1M-S2H, AM1ASRock Q1900B-ITX, BGA 1170
ProcessorAMD Athlon 5350, quad-core, 2.02 GHzIntel Celeron J1900, quad-core, 2.0/2.42 GHz
MemoryDDR3-1666, 9-9-9-24DDR3-1333, 9-9-9-24
GraphicsRadeon R3 Graphics, 600 MHz,AMD Catalyst 14.8 beta 8Intel HD Graphics, 688-854 MHz clock range,Graphics Driver
System DriveWestern Digital Black, 500 GB
Power SupplyXFX PRO850W, 850 W, 80 PLUS-certified

And here are the benchmark details:

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
Dota 260-Second Fraps, botmatch
Grid 2Direct X 11, Built-in Benchmark
Audio/Video Encoding
HandBrake CLIVersion: 0.98, Video: Video from Canon EOS 7D (1920x1080, 25 frames) 1 Minutes 22 Seconds, Audio: PCM-S16, 48,000 Hz, Two-Channel, to Video: AVC1 Audio: AAC (High Profile)
iTunesVersion x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format
LAME MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
TotalCode Studio 2.5Version:, MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s) Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
ABBYY FineReaderVersion Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
Adobe Photoshop CCVersion 13 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
7-ZipVersion 9.28, LZMA2, Syntax "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5" Benchmark: THG-Workload-2012
WinRARVersion 5.1, RAR, Syntax "winrar a -r -m3" Benchmark: THG-Workload-2012
WinZipVersion 17.0 Pro, Best Method, ZIPX Benchmark: THG-Workload-2012
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
3DMark 2013Version: 1.0.1, Cloud Gate test
PCMark 8Version: 1.0.4, Home test, Conventional and OpenCL Accelerated
SiSoftware Sandra 2013Version: 2013 SP5c-1872, CPU Test = CPU Arithmetic, GPGPU Cryptography