Over the weekend I picked up an AMD Athlon 5150 APU (4x1.6ghz)
a MSI AM1I
motherboard from Frys
on sale for $59. A month or two ago I purchased the 5350 APU (4x2ghz) and an ASUS AM1-I
, which had been working great since I set it up so I was curious how the 5150 performed along with the MSI motherboard.
Big differences between the two is the inclusion of a Mini-PCLe slot (for a WiFi or SSD card) along with a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (x4 mechanical).
For those that have followed my blog for a while, I swapped the motherboard into my Lian Li PC-Q03B case
that I bought back in 2012. In the time since I setup that machine, I had installed XBMC
to stream TV, Movies and Music from my NAS (to be written up at a later date). Over time it became apparent the low powered AMD C-60 I had in there wasn't truly up to the task of streaming higher bit-rate 1080p video.
One thing I wasn't a big fan of after booting up the machine was MSI's choice of bios in comparison to my ASUS motherboards:
BIOS aside, I had no issues with the motherboard, Windows 8.1 updated itself without the need for a reinstall and I was ready to benchmark it.
Interestingly enough comparing jcBENCH
the 5150 is roughly 40% slower in both Integer and Floating Point than my 5350. I included a couple other systems for comparisons: