AMD’s AM1 chipset arrives

AMD has launched its AM1 chipset which provides an all-in-one desktop computing that combines CPU and GPU with low wattage, low cost, and reasonable performance. Or so it says.

The chip comes in four flavours, ranging from the $34, dual-core Sempron 2650 to the $59, quad-core Athlon 5350.

The launch material shows AMD comparing the highest-end AM1 offering to the Pentium J2900. This is a bit tricky since the J2900 has a clock rate runs roughly 400 MHz higher. Despite this the AMD 5350 beat the Pentium in a number of categories.

According to AMD 1080p gaming framerates more than doubled the tested Pentium.

Tom’s Hardware   tested the 5350 against the Pentium J1900 which has a similar clock speed and the chip did rather well. However, the 5350 ticked up to 13W higher in energy draw in extreme situations. Apparently, the chip could handle Photoshop, 1080p Dota 2, but tended to cough a bit when it had to stretch itself to Battlefield 4.

The AMD chip also has some advantages over the Intel equivalants in that AM1 motherboards are socketable, whereas Intel’s Bay Trail-D offerings are not.

Tom seemed to think that there were better chips out there and anyone looking for a low power, low price and high performance might be better to spend $30-50 more for other socketable solutions, like AMD’s F2+ chipset. However those wanting a cheap PC for their small businesses and computer labs could do worse than to give the AM1 a spin.