AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform Review

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Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H UEFI – aka the BIOS

We always update the BIOS on all the products we get to review to ensure we are running with the latest fixes and options. This Gigabyte AM1 board runs a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), which replaces the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) firmware interface. When the board arrived we found that it was running UEFI version F1 and that is only version available when we did our testing.

bios-1

This is the main menu of the American Megatrends UEFI that is installed on the Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H motherboard.

overclocking

Under the Advanced Frequency Settings it shows what you are running at and then give you the ability to raise or lower those options manually. We didn’t think we’d be able to overclock anything on the AMD Athlon 5350 APU, but were happy to find that the graphics core clock could be increased well beyond 600MHz.  This means that you can overclock the AMD Radeon R3 GPU if you wanted to try to get additional performance.

The bad news is that while this feature is displayed in the Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H version F1 UEFI, it doesn’t actually work. You can change the value to 800MHz or 1000MHz and the performance remains the same as the 600MHz default clock setting.

health

Under the PC Health Status menu you can observe CPU temperatures and fan speeds. Notice that both the CPU fan and System Fan have user adjustable speed controls!

superio

You have the ability to disable the Serial and Parallel ports controlled by the iTE IT8620E Super I/O controller.

power-management

Here are the features that you can adjust under power management. Everything shown is at the default settings.

hwinfo

We had no problems installing Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Update 1 and AMD 14.20 Beta 8 drivers on this AMD AM1 platform. We used a Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB SSD as the primary drive. Let’s take a look at some common benchmarks on this system!

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  • Raj

    Is this mb compatible with Intel processors also like amd athlon processer. Plz reply…..

  • mike

    Having graphics problems on gaming used a gtx 650 pci express with this apu what am I doing wrong do I need new driver download for apu

  • Shankovich

    Can you do some benchmarks with a discreet GPU? If this CPU along with mantle could really show just how much overhead mantle removes.

    • marley

      That would not work as only high end games support it and it would not run on this platform

      • Shankovich

        How do you know that? Mantle removes CPU overhead and dependence. It’d be cool to see how some games run at bare minimum settings on this just to see how well mantle removes overhead.

  • Medallish

    Made this for someone in my family, I can recommend the Asrock AM1H-ITX, unless you want to fiddle around with picoPSU’s in order to make it this small.

    • Mario Abram

      Are you able to measure power?

      How much is idle power consumption with brick adapter?

      • Medallish

        I don’t know how accurate it was but according to this wall power meassure(I’m sure there’s a better word for it) I have it idled around 16-17w, that is with AVG running in the background and the screen on.

        *edit* it was a 90W brick.