Product on Review: AMD Athlon 5350 APU
Manufacturer and Sponsor: AMD
Street Price: £42 inc. VAT (GBP)
Moving away from the mainstream computing, AMD bring a modern twist to entry level computing in the form of the AM1 platform. Based around the FS1b socket, which is essentially a more compact version of the sockets many will recognise distinctly as AMD. The Athlon 5350, based on the 28nm Kabini architecture that has a close knit CPU and GPU, AMD aims to provide an excellent general performance at a low power draw. Being the flagship, the Athlon 5350 is the most costly APU for this platform right now, coming in at just £40-43 inc VAT. Combined with an AM1 motherboard of your choice, that can be had at just £25 or maybe even less, you have the base for a PC system in a price range of an incredible £40-70 and potentially a complete system could be had for £150-200 (not including OS). At this price, you may be thinking that there would be significant cuts on some features, however this is not the case, the Jaguar CPU cores comes with a full complement of instruction sets, we even find USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps and compatibility for 4K resolution over HDMI and Displayport. Let's move on to marvel at the wonders of this SoC.
AMD's Overview of the Athlon APU
AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APUs deliver a quad-core solution to consumers that includes two SATA 6 Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, PCIe 2.0 lanes for graphic card upgrades, and a trio of video outputs (DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA) starting at under $40 USD. The AMD AM1 platform provides up to 3x more compute performance than its competitors, as well as balanced computing with DirectX® 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets.