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AMD Athlon 5350 and Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H Review

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Testing Methodology

As an upgradeable, entry-level system, the AM1 platform really stands in a league of its own at this point. The closest competitors in terms of price are Intel’s Celeron and Pentium G processors. Unfortunately, I don’t have any of those chips to test against. The lowest level competitor CPU I have on hand is the Core i3-3220 Ivy Bridge CPU, which costs roughly double what the Athlon 5350 costs.

According to all of AMD’s information, however, the performance of the Athlon 5350 APU should match more closely with much higher priced Intel CPUs, so pitting the 5350 against the i3-3220 might not be as much of a slaughter as the price might suggest. I have also added in the i3-4340 since the Ivy Bridge chips are getting on in age. I thought it would be nice to have a newer Intel CPU in the mix. Just keep in mind that the AMD Athlon 5350 APU isn’t really even in the same market as the i3 CPUs.

 

FM2+ Test System

  • Motherboards: ASUS A88X Pro
  • Processor: AMD A10-7850K
  • System Memory: 8GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

AM1 Test System

  • Motherboards: Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H
  • Processor: AMD Athlon 5350
  • System Memory: 4GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Intel Test System

  • Motherboards: Biostar HiFi Z87W, Biostar HiFi Z77X
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-4340, Intel Core i3-3220
  • System Memory: 8GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Compute Benchmarks

  • AIDA 64
  • SiSoftware Sandra 2014
  • Cinebench R15

DirectX-11 Benchmark Applications

Synthetic Benchmarks

  • 3DMark
    • Firestrike, Cloudgate, Ice Storm
  • 3DMark11
    • “Performance” settings (1280×720)
  • Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
    • Tesselation, Low Settings

Gaming Benchmarks

  • Tomb Raider
    • Normal Settings
  • Bioshock Infinite
    • Low Settings
  • Battlefield 4
    • Normal Settings

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2 comments

  1. ET3D

    Where are the gaming benchmarks? All I see are game descriptions on that page, with no results.

    1. Olin Coles

      Thank you for the message. We hope to have an update for you very soon.

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