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Recapping All Of Our Linux Coverage Of AMD's AM1 APUs

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Published on 06 May 2014 04:58 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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Just under one month ago AMD released their AM1 APUs that resurrected the Sempron and Athlon branding for these low-end APUs packing up to four "Jaguar" CPU cores with Radeon R3 Graphics.

The AM1 APUs sell between $40 and $60 while the motherboards supporting this new socket for the 25 Watt TDPs can be found for as little as $30 USD. Overall, the AM1 hardware is very interesting for budget PCs and low-end, low-power systems. These AM1 APUs work well with modern Linux distributions and here's a recap of our findings over the past month:

- We reviewed the Sempron 2650 / 3850 and Athlon 5150 / 5350 APUs, all of the currently available AM1 products. AMD sent over the 5350 while I ended up buying the others out of interest.

- The DDR3 memory scaling performance comes as expected with support for up to DDR3-1600MHz memory while all the APUs are single-channel memory supported.

- Overclocking is modest with the AM1 APUs.

- RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst is interesting between these open and closed drivers. If wanting to use the open-source driver, you really will want to be running the very latest code: Linux 3.14~3.15 and Mesa 10.2.

- The AM1 APUs can be used for very basic gaming, we also ran some Steam gaming benchmarks for the hardware.

- OpenCL is good for these Kabini APUs.

- 13 graphics cards have been compared to the Radeon R3 Graphics of the APUs. I've also done video memory testing to see what's the ideal amount.

- For kicks I compared these sub-$50 APUs to AMD's original Phenom hardware.

- The Clang compiler performance is good against GCC on this hardware.

- Most recently I ran some tests of the AM1 APUs against the NVIDIA Tegra K1.

- When it comes to motherboards, I have reviewed the ASUS AM1I-A mini-ITX board, Gigabyte AMIM-S2H micro-ATX motherboard, and the ASRock AMIH-ITX mini-ITX motherboard.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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