This time we tested the Athlon 5350, which is a quad-core CPU from the AMD low consumption processor family, that used AM1 socket. Let’s see how it performs.
“System on a Chip” (SoC) CPUs, which bring a CPU, GPU, and chipset in a single chip, are usually soldered to the motherboard, not using a socket, which makes it impossible to change the CPU without replacing the motherboard. AMD solved this limitation on its AM1 platform, adding a CPU socket, which means you must purchase the CPU separately from the motherboard. The official name for this socket is FS1b, but most people (and even manufacturers) call it AM1 socket. These CPUs have, usually, a lower TDP than conventional CPUs.
The Athlon 5350 is one of the most powerful processors that use AM1 platform. It has four cores, 2.05 GHz clock, 2 MiB cache and a 25 W TDP. We already tested one processor from the same family, the Athlon 5150, which is similar, but with a lower (1.6 GHz) clock.
The Athlon 5350 is, like the A4-7300, one of the most inexpensive CPU available on the market today. So, we will compare its performance to the A4-7300, and also to the Celeron G3900, which is one of cheapest processors from Intel.
Figure 1 shows the Athlon 5350 package.
Figure 1: the box of the Athlon 5350
Figure 2 shows the package contents: a manual, a case sticker, the CPU itself, and a cooler. Notice that, since the power consumption of the AM1 processors are lower than conventional CPUs, the stock cooler for this socket is smaller than those used at FM2+ and AM3+ socket processors.
Figure 2: box contents
Figure 3 unveils the Athlon 5350 CPU.
Figure 3: the Athlon 5350 CPU
In Figure 4, you see the bottom of the processor.
Figure 4: bottom of the Athlon 5350
Let us compare the main specs of the reviewed CPUs in the next page.