AMD Athlon 5350 APU On Linux
Written by Michael Larabel in Processors on 9 April 2014. Page 6 of 6. 81 Comments

There you have it for the initial AMD Athlon 5350 performance under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with the Linux 3.13 kernel. Users of Ubuntu 14.04 and using the Radeon R3 Graphics will obviously want to upgrade their kernel and Mesa drivers or use the proprietary Catalyst driver for best results. For the non-graphics testing, the Athlon 5350 overall was a decent performer for those looking at a very affordable system. The Athlon 5350 was generally a nice performer against the Intel Atom "Bay Trail" and the AMD E-series APUs. However, the Athlon 5350 also has a 25 Watt TDP whereas the Atom E3825 used in testing consumes just six Watts. Later Phoronix articles will go through the power consumption / performance-per-Watt metrics and other data.

To recap the Athlon 5350 specs, this socketed Kabini APU is quad-core at 2.05GHz, sports 128 Radeon GCN cores clocked at 600MHz, and the overall TDP of the APU is 25 Watts. The Athlon 5350 is priced at $55 USD while the mini-ITX and micro-ATX AM1 motherboards from leading vendors are expected to range from just $25~35. For the price, the Athlon 5350 is certainly a very nice bargain for an entry-level desktop system. For those with an even tighter budget, the Sempron 2650 retails for just $31 USD.

Overall, AMD's AM1 platform is quite interesting for budget-minded individuals and it's Linux friendly, while I'll reserve further conclusions until I've had more time with the AM1 platform and finished the other Linux tests of using Catalyst, newer kernel/Mesa code than what's shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, etc. I'll also be running some compiler optimization testing out of GCC 4.9 and LLVM/Clang SVN, Linux distribution comparisons, and other interesting articles. If you have any other Phoronix Test Suite test requests for the Athlon 5350 on Linux, let us know via the forums or @MichaelLarabel on Twitter. Thanks to AMD for providing this AM1 platform review sample.

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