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I received my AUS AM1I-A and AMD 5350 (Kabini) APU along with the rest of the components for my new firewall system last night (a detailed build write up will come tomorrow night). For those curious about the raw CPU Integer and Floating Point performance here are the results from my newly updated Linux port of jcBENCH.

[bash] jcBENCH 0.8.755.0504(x86/Linux Edition) (C) 2012-2014 Jarred Capellman CPU Information --------------------- Manufacturer: AuthenticAMD Model: AMD Athlon(tm) 5350 APU with Radeon(tm) R3 Count: 4x2046.077mhz Architecture: x86 --------------------- Running Benchmark.... Integer: 1.99601 seconds Floating Point: 8.44405 seconds [/bash] In comparison to my FX-8350, with a 4 threaded limit, the Kabini based APU is actually faster than my FX-8350 (3.02 and 11.67 seconds respectively). In single and dual threaded tests, I imagine the results are far different. More thorough results will come tomorrow.

Curious if an external graphics card would work in the PCIe x16 Slot (X4 mechanically) on the ASUS C60M1-I I picked up a few weeks ago, I tried out a 1GB Gigabyte Radeon 6450. Gigabyte 6450 Radeon Gigabyte Radeon 6450 Card Sadly, the card would not post with the ASUS C60M1-I motherboard. I had tried reseating it, but to no avail. The card does in fact work as I put it back in an ASUS F1MA55 system and worked fine again. Not to be discouraged, I picked up an XFX Radeon 6670 HD to see if maybe there was some incompatibility with the 6450 and the motherboard. XFX Radeon 6670 XFX Radeon 6670 Card XFX Radeon 6670 installed into a Lian Li PC-Q06 Case Sure enough the card booted up just fine, the Radeon 6290 that is embedded in the C-60 is disabled when an external graphics card is used in case you were considering CrossFire or EyeFinity usage. With the several projects I am working on, I've only had time to do one benchmark, using 3D Mark 2011, here are the applicable scores for both the XFX 6670 and the 6290 in the C-60 itself:
3D Mark 2011 Scores for the AMD C-60's embedded Radeon 6290AMD C-60 APU (6290 Radeon) 3D Mark 2011 scores for the XFX Radeon 6670 with the AMD C-60AMD C-60 APU with an XFX 6670 Radeon
As you would expect, the Radeon gave a pretty sizable boost in performance. In real world testing, I tried out StarCraft II and was able to play at 720p with little lag unless there was considerable amount of Units on the screen at once (more than likely CPU Bound at that point). Going forward I will be using this box for OpenCL performance testing, so more to come for sure, but it's safe to say if you don't have a need to use the PCIe slot on the Asus C60M1-I, you're best bet if your intentions are gaming, is to get a decent Radeon 66XX and enjoy the benefits of offloading as much as you can to the GPU. As more and more applications rely on the GPU, a low watt CPU and higher powered GPU I imagine will become much more valued, but I could be way off in that prediction.
This morning I finally retired my AMD Phenom II X6 1090T CPU from my primary desktop. I had been using it since April 30th 2010, right when it first came out. Looking back, it's interesting to think the power that $309 bought back then and the $185 on the FX-8350 brings today. Just from a numerical standpoint, 6x3.2ghz (19.2ghz) versus 8x4ghz (32ghz) is mind blowing in my opinion. 12 years ago nearly to the day I was about to buy my first 1ghz AMD Athlon "Thunderbird" Socket A CPU. What is also interesting is that 2.5 years later AMD is still using AM3/AM3+, which for a consumer is great. Knowing with a simply bios update I can run the latest CPUs is a great to know. In my case, doing a bios update on my ASUS M5A99X EVO to get support for the just recently released Vishera series of FX CPUs from AMD. [caption id="attachment_1639" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AMD FX-8350 Tin[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1641" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AMD FX-8350 installed into my ASUS M5A99X[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1642" align="aligncenter" width="169"] AMD FX-8350 installed into my ASUS M5A99X[/caption] After installation with no surprise, the FX-8350 showed up properly and automatically increased my memory speed to 1866mhz (previously with my Phenom II the max available was 1600mhz). [caption id="attachment_1643" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AMD FX-8350 showing in the UEFI bios of my ASUS M5A99X[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1644" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AMD FX-8350 Detailed Info showing in the UEFI bios of my ASUS M5A99X[/caption] CPU-Z: [caption id="attachment_1645" align="aligncenter" width="300"] AMD FX-8350 in CPU-Z[/caption] And now the most interesting aspect of any upgrade. Can I justify the cost of the upgrade, especially when applications hadn't seemed sluggish. Integer Benchmark Results: [caption id="attachment_1647" align="aligncenter" width="300"] jcBENCH Integer Benchmarks[/caption] Floating Point Benchmark Results: [caption id="attachment_1648" align="aligncenter" width="300"] jcBENCH Floating Point Benchmark[/caption] I included a few extra CPUs recently benchmarked for comparison. First thoughts, Integer performance over the Phenom II X6 is over 200% across the board for single to 8 core applications/games, meaning the FX-8350 can do what the Phenom II X6 did with half the CPUs leaving the other half for other tasks or making multi-threaded tasks 200% faster theoretically. This is also shown in the A10-4655M CPU, in 4 threads, my laptop was actually faster than my desktop as far as integer only work is concerned. Kudos to AMD for making such a dramatic difference in integer performance. Floating Point results were a bit more interesting. Having seen quite a bit drop off in comparison to the Integer results, I was curious if the FX-8350 would hit the same hurdles. Sure enough because of the drop off of the 1 to 1 relationship between Integer Cores and Floating Point Cores in the Phenom II architecture in favor of a 2 to 1 ratio in the latest generations of AMD's CPUs, the Phenom II actually beat out the much higher clocked FX-8350, albeit the more threads, the less of an impact it made. Definitely more benchmarks will ensue with real world tests of Visual Studio 2012 compiling and After Effects CS6 rendering. Stay tuned.
I just received my ASUS C60M1-I today and figured with the lack of information on this board on the internet I'd post my findings. [caption id="attachment_1602" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ASUS C60M1-I Box Contents[/caption] In the box you'll get the manual, DVD-ROM with drivers, Powered By ASUS sticker, 2 18" SATA III cables and the I/O Shield. Note the I/O Shield is not like the higher end ASUS boards with the padding. [caption id="attachment_1596" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ASUS C60M1-I Motherboard[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1595" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ASUS C60M1-I Ports[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1597" align="aligncenter" width="134"] ASUS C60M1-I DDR3 RAM Slots[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1598" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ASUS C60M1-I 6 SATA III 6gb ports[/caption] First off I was curious if the 8GB maximum was really true. Having 4 8gb Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1833 sticks awaiting to be put into my primary desktop, I popped a pair into the board. Sure enough the motherboard read them without a hitch: [caption id="attachment_1603" align="aligncenter" width="269"] Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3-1833[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1604" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Corsair Vengeance 16GB DDR3-1833 Stick[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1605" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ASUS C60M1-I BIOS showing 16GB DDR3[/caption] Also curious is the option of running the ram at 1333mhz. Using 1600mhz and 1833mhz DDR3, you could in theory run it at 1333mhz and keep the timings really nice. [caption id="attachment_1606" align="aligncenter" width="300"] ASUS C60M1-I BIOS showing 1333mhz Option[/caption] Next up was seeing if the board supported RAID of any type, this turned out to be false. A little more investigation on the motherboard itself, the South Bridge is the FCH A50M. It also does not support USB 3.0 nor has a native Gigabit controller. In this case ASUS went with a RealTek 8111F Gigabit Controller. I personally have had the 8111e which ran fine and assume this is just a revision of that controller. If someone has more info on it, please let me know. The big points for me were Jumbo Frame support to 9k and Gigabit, both of which are features of the 8111f that is on this board. Another thing to note is the lack of HDMI port. Not a huge deal with readily available DVI->HDMI adapters, but something to consider if that is make or break. The more expensive/faster ASUS E45M1-I DELUXE has an HDMI port (in addition to USB 3.0), though it does draw more power than the C60M1-I. Another thing I was curious about was total power draw of the system. Based on what I read the CPU is 9W and the A50M Southbridge uses 4.7W, coupled with 2 4gb Sticks I expected maybe 20W. The total idle usage (sitting in the bios) is 23W. The total usage under 100% load is 39W. I should note this was done with Antec VP-450, a higher efficiency power supply might bring that number down a bit. [caption id="attachment_1613" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Antec VP-450 450W Power Supply[/caption] So there you have it, pretty low wattage. For comparison, my Acer Aspire One AO522-BZ465 that I got in June 2011 uses 24W idle in bios and 40W under load. The last question I had, something I imagine a lot of people would be wondering for NAS purposes is if the PCIe x16 slot (x4 mechanical) would support non-graphics cards. I had a 240GB OCZ Revodrive x4 card that I was hoping to use in this board so I gave it a shot, sure enough it worked without any hassle. [caption id="attachment_1607" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 240GB OCZ Revodrive PCIe SSD[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1608" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 240GB OCZ Revodrive PCIe SSD card[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1609" align="aligncenter" width="300"] OCZ Revodrive PCIe SSD BIOS[/caption] I don't have any other PCIe controllers laying around to test, but I imagine you would be ok with them. Options I would consider, maybe Infiniband for a MOSIX SSI or a SAS PCIe x4 controller? Onto the more fun stuff, the benchmarks. [caption id="attachment_1616" align="aligncenter" width="300"] jcBENCH Integer Comparison[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1617" align="aligncenter" width="300"] jcBENCH Floating Point Comparison[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1618" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Windows Experience Index Comparison[/caption] The numbers can speak for themselves, but I should point out the vastly better CPU performance in jcBENCH over the C-50 CPU. The Turbo clock speed of the C-60 really does make a huge difference. So to summarize:
  1. ~23W of usage at idle (BIOS)
  2. ~40W of usage at full power
  3. 16gb of DDR3 is the max this board will take, not 8gb as mentioned on the ASUS Website
  4. Ram can be set to run at 1333mhz not just 1066mhz like on the website
  5. No HDMI Port
  6. No USB 3.0 Controller
  7. No RAID Controller like that found in the 7xx/8xx/9xx AMD Desktop Chipsets
  8. The PCIe x16 (x4 mechanical) can be used for non-graphics cards
  9. Turbo mode of the C-60 does give a considerable boost in CPU performance
  10. OpenCL 1.1 Support
Any comments, suggestions, wanting more information, please let me know.
Just scored 2 brand new AMD Opteron 2360SEs off eBay for $69.99 shipped.  These are the highest clocked Quad Cores out there at 2.5ghz.  I had a Dual Quad Opteron 2344HE back in Spring 2009, albeit they were 1.7ghz cores for a total of 13.6ghz versus my new server at 20ghz. It is kind of interesting thinking about it now, my main rig has a 6 core Phenom II has 19.2ghz of power.  It might have been cheaper to simply get another 1090T, 890FX/990FX series AMD motherboard, 16gb of ram and throw it in the same case? Let's see...
  • Phenom II 1090T (3.2ghzX6) - $190
  • Asus Sabertooth 990FX motherboard - $210
  • 16gb G.Skill DDR3-1600 - $180
For a total of $580 Versuses...
  • Rackable Systems with 2U Case, 2X2214HE Opterons - $150
  • 2 Opteron 2360SEs - $140
  • 10gb Kingston DDR2-5300 ECC - $90
For a total of $380, plus I plan on selling the original 2U case and Opterons so probably will end up spending $320. $200 off the bat plus whatever I can get back.  In addition I have plenty of room for more ram 16 slots versus 4 slots on the 990FX motherboard.  Worth it?  I think so