Last month AMD announced their Socketed AM1 Kabini platform to focus on the low-end desktop market where low cost, low power and upgradability are important factors for system integrators. The socketed Kabini APUs build on those released for mobile last year, and today is officially launch day for four APU models under the Athlon and Sempron ranges. AMD is aiming for an APU and motherboard system cost of $60-$90 with an APU TDP of 25W. We square the Athlon 5350 against the competition.

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69 by Ganesh T S on 2/19/2011

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58 by Zach Throckmorton on 2/14/2011

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49 by Jarred Walton & Vivek Gowri on 2/7/2011

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177 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/27/2011

AMD’s GTX 560 Ti Counter-Offensive: Radeon HD 6950 1GB & XFX’s Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition

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111 by Ryan Smith on 1/25/2011

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22 by Ryan Smith on 1/25/2011

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77 by Ganesh T S on 1/19/2011

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154 by Jarred Walton on 1/14/2011

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67 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/10/2011

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73 by Jarred Walton on 1/7/2011

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36 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/21/2010

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85 by Dustin Sklavos on 12/16/2010

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193 by Ryan Smith on 12/15/2010

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80 by Ryan Smith on 12/13/2010

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66 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/7/2010

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35 by Jarred Walton on 11/27/2010

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222 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/16/2010

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115 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2010

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93 by Ryan Smith on 11/8/2010

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38 by Dustin Sklavos on 10/25/2010

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