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Supercharged AMD Athlon 5350

So many years passed since my last attempt to defend my overclocker title that I can’t even count them. Ahhh so many memories, so much passion for getting better benchmark numbers than anybody else… And then family,responsibilities,lack of free time came to my life and suddenly the overclocking hobby-addiction became past. Until the last few weeks! Haha! I was looking for something to cheer me up and also there was a need at home for a small pc for basic stuff like internet browsing and office usage. After a small research I decided to try the new kabini platform from AMD.  A pair of AMD Athlon 5350 at 2.05Ghz and an Asus AM1I-A motherboard. Best thing the price! Only 65euros! Cpu,vga,motherboard for 65euros! Unbelievable. And then… crazy thoughts came to my mind for a supercharged AMD Athlon 5350!

Motherboard and Amd Athlon 5350 arrived:

AMD_5350_Kabini AMD Athlon 5350

 

Through UEFI Bios overclocking is such an easy task that even my kid can find the setup limits in a matter of hours. So with the tiny stock cooler I was able to overclock that little beast from 2.05Ghz to 2.700Mhz. Results in Cinebench shows comparable performance to Intel Q6600. Yes you may say that q6600 was ages ago in the market but then think that I am talking for a 25watt quad processor with a price of only 40 euros! At that speed the system was able to do any task. I even loaded Visual Studio 2013 and did some compiling without big delays.

AMD_5350_Kabini_2700_cinebench AMD Athlon 5350

And then the overclocker woke inside me! I digged in my closet and I was able to find some old watercooling parts.

AMD_5350_Kabini_watercooled AMD Athlon 5350

 

Unfortunately the good old Eleven Crusader waterblock wouldn’t fit without modifications so I decided to switch to a Nexxos Vga waterblock and here is the result.

AMD_5350_Kabini_watercooled_a AMD Athlon 5350

 

Temperature dropped around 10 degrees in full load and this allowed me to push the cpu a little bit higher:

AMD_5350_Kabini_2808_cinebench AMD Athlon 5350

So you may ask what these numbers mean? For comparison I’ll tell you that the Amd Athlon 5350 running at 2.800Mhz is comparable to small Intel i5 and Intel i7.

I am definitely happy with the scores I got and to be honest I wasn’t expecting it. If you ask me this combo is ideal as an htpc setup , or small file server or as a daily usage pc  even with light gaming. Good Job AMD!

7 thoughts on “Supercharged AMD Athlon 5350”

  1. catalin says:

    how did you raised to that frecvency? did you lowered the ram frecvency to boost buss speed?

  2. Alexis says:

    Yes, I’ve tried exactly the same, Windows doesn’t even load. Could you tell us if you’ve changed something in the RAM (frequency, clocks) ? or else ? Thank you.

    1. admin says:

      Well, not all the processors can clock that high. It’s not standard. You need to start with 50-100mhz and then slowly increase the cpu speed and test stability in parallel.

  3. Alexis says:

    Yes please, what did you do with the RAM ? I tried several things without undertaking 2.5 GHz.

    1. admin says:

      I hope you have good cooling system because the memory controller is inside the cpu. So even if you get error messages about the ram the issue might be in the processor.

  4. cam says:

    HI i know the water block is the Nexxos Vga waterblock but i can’t find it do you have a link

  5. Adam says:

    What storage did you use? Sata controller is also in CPU and affected by FSB clock change…

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