AMD Athlon 5350 APU and AM1 Platform Review

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System Boot Times and Temperatures



The last performance test that we wanted to run was Bootracer 4.6 to see how fast the system is able to boot Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Update 1. We were happy it takes just 7 seconds to get to the logon screen and about 25 seconds to get the desktop fully loaded! We do have permission to use BootRacer for non-commercial use, so no worries there. 


We used HWiNFO64 to monitor temperatures and voltages and was pretty impressed by what we saw. The AMD Athlon 5350 APU with Radeon R3 Graphics idled with a temperature of 9.4C and then peaked at 30.8C according to this software program. We know those temperatures are off as the CPU isn’t running below ambient (72F).  


Gigabyte’s Easy Tune 6 software showed that the AMD Athlon 5350 APU was running at 24C at idle with the fan at 1323 RPM.


When Prime95 was fired up the CPU temperature topped out at 43C and the fan was now running at 2689 RPM. Not bad for such a small heatsink!

AMD FS1B Platform

 AMD informed us that several heatsinks will be shipping with the AM1 platform. Our platform is using the Foxconn 1A215Q300 heat sink.


There will also be the Cooler Master DKM-00004-A1-GP and the AVC Z5LH021001 heat sinks available.

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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.