Home » Motherboards • Processors » AMD AM1 Platform with Athlon 5350 and MSI AM1i Motherboard Review AMD AM1 Platform with Athlon 5350 and MSI AM1i Motherboard Review Stuart Davidson April 9, 2014 Motherboards, Processors AMD AM1 Platform – Athlon 5350 Review Business Research Applications Paper Order Resume Online Glasses Buy Microsoft Office 2011 Home & Student oem http://www.topdownproteomics.org/?custom-name-writing-paper Custom Name Writing Paper http://sbobetwap.net/phd-creative-writing-dissertation/ Phd Creative Writing Dissertation http://apnee.ffessm.fr/?writing-an-admission-essay-discussion Writing An Admission Essay Discussion http://www.codica-cables.fr/brock-university-essay-writing-help/ Brock University Essay Writing Help http://www.visiteday.com/?dissertation-quantitative-finance Dissertation Quantitative Finance How To Write The College Admission Essay College Application Essay Service Keystone http://inet.edu.vn/upload/who-can-write-my-essays/ Who Can Write My Essays http://labonnefoussie.net/?linux-persuasive-speech Linux Persuasive Speech How To Write A College Admission Essay Video Conclusion When AMD were briefing the press on AM1 they noted that it was most comparable with the low end Pentium CPUs, occasionally pairing them with a low end GeForce when the GPU just wasn’t good enough. In reality though the features and pricing of the Intel parts are not comparable with AM1… the price is notably higher for a comparable part and the features more limited on the Intel platform. What AMD are doing here is bringing performance and features normally associated with a higher price point to a new audience. This means we get some great key features such as SATA3 and USB3 ports to remove the usual bottlenecks associated with low end kit and then added to that a quad core “CPU” mixed with the latest GPU tech. Yes the APU isn’t capable of playing the latest games such as Titanfall with any normal resolution or detail level but it can quite happily play the likes of DOTA2 and Minecraft without issue. Playback of 1080/HD content was also handled with ease and general productivity tasks were responsive. As a side note, we were not particularly keen on the mounting mechanism used for the heatsink by AMD. It works ok but doesn’t feel quite as secure as some alternatives… and isn’t quite as intuitive to use. Back to the positives, we should also praise MSI for their approach to the AM1 platform. They could have gone with a really basic board given the audience however the AM1i is far from low end. For a budget price MSI have retained many of the features found in their higher priced products and added some nice extras like that mini-PCIe slot which allow us to easily add a WiFi card without sacrificing an USB port. Probably the biggest win for the AM1 platform however is its potential for change. By offering a user replaceable APU we have the ability to increase performance as our budget allows over time. In addition to this the inclusion of a PCIe slot also means we can boost graphics performance with ease, just like higher priced systems. For those looking for a few specifics, by dropping a Sapphire R7-240 into the system we were able to play Titanfall at 1280×720 with medium detail, never dropping below 30fps and our 3DMark score increased to 1200. Pricing… MSI AM1i Motherboard RRP: £30 Share On About Author Stuart Davidson Previous Article Windows 8.1 Update 1 released, now available for download Next Article Hardware Round-UP (09/04/14) Related Posts Motherboards, Recommended Award, Reviews Asus Prime Z270-A – Review Kevin Pocock January 20, 2017 Awards, Gold Award, Motherboards, Reviews Asus Maximus IX Hero – Review Kevin Pocock January 18, 2017 Motherboards, Recommended Award, Reviews Aorus Z270X-Gaming 7 – Review Kevin Pocock January 14, 2017 1 Comment JR Namida December 24, 2015 at 6:51 pm Single Channel Memory? Do I understand correctly a single channel 8 gig DDR3 1600 memory stick is as good as installing 2×4 gigs of memory in this motherboard?