AMD Athlon 5350 and Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H Review


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Synthetic Benchmarks

3DMark 11

3DMark11 is Futuremark’s latest iteration of the video card software benchmark suite, building on the features of 3DMark Vantage and 3DMark 06 as well as earlier version. It’s optimized and intended for testing DirectX-11 capable hardware running under Windows Vista or Windows 7.

  • 3DMark11
    • “Performance” settings, 1280×720 resolution

Athlon_5350_3DMark11The graphics benchmarks are where we would expect the Athlon 5350 to start to shine, with it’s R3 GPU cores. The Athlon 5350 outpaces the i3-3220, but can’t quite keep up with the i3-4340.

Unigine Heaven 4.0

The Unigine Heaven benchmark is a free publicly available tool that grants the power to unleash the graphics capabilities in DirectX-11 for Windows 7 or updated Vista Operating Systems. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. With the interactive mode, emerging experience of exploring the intricate world is within reach. Through its advanced renderer, Unigine is one of the first to set precedence in showcasing the art assets with tessellation, bringing compelling visual finesse, utilizing the technology to the full extend and exhibiting the possibilities of enriching 3D gaming. The distinguishing feature in the Unigine Heaven benchmark is a hardware tessellation that is a scalable technology aimed for automatic subdivision of polygons into smaller and finer pieces, so that developers can gain a more detailed look of their games almost free of charge in terms of performance. Thanks to this procedure, the elaboration of the rendered image finally approaches the boundary of veridical visual perception: the virtual reality transcends conjured by your hand. The Heaven benchmark excels at providing the following key features:

  • Native support of OpenGL, DirectX 9, DirectX-10 and DirectX-11
  • Comprehensive use of tessellation technology
  • Advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion)
  • Volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm
  • Dynamic simulation of changing environment with high physical fidelity
  • Interactive experience with fly/walk-through modes
  • ATI Eyefinity support
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
    • High Shaders, Extreme tessellation,8xAA, 4xAF


The new 3DMark includes everything you need to benchmark your hardware. With three all new tests you can bench everything from smartphones and tablets, to notebooks and home PCs, to the latest high-end, multi-GPU gaming desktops. And it’s not just for Windows. With 3DMark you can compare your scores with Android and iOS devices too. It’s the most powerful and flexible 3DMark we’ve ever created.

Athlon_5350_3DMark_FSCGThe Athlon 5350 gives us a really disappointing showing in Firestrike and Cloudgate benchmarks. It doesn’t even come close to the other processors.


The Athlon 5350 redeems itself in the least intensive of the 3DMark benchmarks; Icestorm. In this case, the Athlon 5350 actually inches ahead of the i3-4340.


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  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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