AMD Releases Socketed Athlon and Sempron APUs For New AM1 Platform Starting At $34

AMD’s socketed “KabiniAthlon and Sempron APUs, designed for the new AM1 platform, have arrived in the form of the AMD Athlon 5150/5350 and the AMD Sempron 2650/3850. These chips are designed for the mainstream market and promise superb affordability and the kind of performance most users will be happy to have, with Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and Jaguar CPU cores.

“With quad-core performance and AMD Radeon graphics the AM1 platform is an affordable solution that provides great flexibility due to an infrastructure built to deliver a multitude of options to our end users and system builders,” said AMD corporate VP and general manager, Client Business Unit, Bernd Lienhard.

AMD AM1 platform

The APUs support two SATA 6Gbps ports; a pair of USB 3.0 ports and eight USB 2.0; multiple PCIe 2.0 lanes; and DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA. They also offer DirectX 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support, and AMD claims that the chips deliver three times the performance of the competition (cough, Intel’s Baytrail, cough).

Of the four APUs in the bunch, the lowest-end Sempron 2650 is a dual-core affair clocked at 1.45GHz with 128 Radeon cores and 400MHz/1333MHz GPU and memory frequencies. On the high end, the quad-core Athlon 5350 (2.05GHz) has 128 Radeon cores with 600/1600MHz GPU and memory frequencies and costs $59.

MSI AM1 motherboard
MSI AM1 motherboard

AMD has always delivered low prices with its processors, but these chips take the cake. With price points at $34, $39, $49, and $59, you can get your system build going for relative pocket change.

The APUs are available now worldwide from retailers including Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect.