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AMD Athlon 5350 (Kabini AM1 Platform) FS1b APU Review (w/ Sapphire R7 240 Low Profile)

For SATA 6Gbps testing we use a Kingston HyperX (SF-2281) SSD. We tested USB 3.0 performance using the same Kingston HyperX SSD connected to a SATA 6Gbps to USB 3.0 adapter powered by an ASMedia ASM1053 controller.

SATA

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Full-blooded SATA 6Gbps performance is an important parameter for the AM1 platform. Intel's competing configuration is limited to SATA 3Gbps connections.

To users considering the AM1 platform for a low-powered storage system, the SATA 6Gbps support could be a deciding factor, even if its full performance is not yet reached by high-capacity storage drives.

USB 3.0

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Support for two USB 3.0 ports is another key selling point for the AM1 platform. The Intel competition typically provides a single USB 3.0 connection.

Speed of the Kabini-provided USB 3.0 ports is likely to be sufficient for entry-level users. The connections are not as fast as those used on mainstream platforms, but they are perfectly adequate for fast transfers between external HDD-based storage.

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