AMD Bringing Athlon and Sempron back from the Dead – Quad Core 25W Kabini APUs for Desktops

Usman Pirzada

We have just received confirmation from sources that AMD is reviving Athlon ( Officially terminated in 2005) and Sempron (Unofficially dead in 2011). This is very interesting news because if AMD is reviving the aforementioned series then it means that we will see modern version of these classics ( Anyone remember the Athlons of Legend? ). So far we have only information about Kabini APUs branded as the Athlon and Sempron chips powered by AMD Jaguar cores.

AMD Reviving Athlon and Sempron in the form of Ultra Low Power Quad Core APUs for Desktops.

athlon logoWithout further ado, the specs and details. The Newly revived Athlon (This is the Athlon of Old, not the Athlon II or Athlon 64) and Sempron will utilize the modern FS1b Socket Interface. It will also support USB 3.0, Sata 6G/s and support DX 11.2. Not only that but we have received confirmation that it will support Mantle as well. The TDP of ALL 4 APUs listed will be 25W. Their target market are HTPC Desktops.

The first product is Athlon 5350. The 5350 will serve as the flagship of these new ultra low power processors. It will be a Quad Core and have an L2 cache of 2 MB. It will feature the Radeon HD 8400 with 128 Steam Processors and a frequency of 600 Mhz. Memory Support will be of DDR3-1600. It will be clocked at a decent 2.05 Ghz.

The second product is the Athlon 5150 is basically the same processor with just the clock rate downclocked to 1.6Ghz. Rest specifications are an exact duplicate of the 5350.

The New APUs

The third product is Sempron 3850. It will be a Quad Core with 2MB Cache and a Radeon HD 8280 (Just a re brand of the 8400, basically only the clock speed is different) Clocked at 450 Mhz. It will have 128 SP. It will be clocked at 1.3 Ghz.

The final product, the Sempron 2650 will be the only Dual Core APU. It will have an  L2 Cache of 1 MB and will be clocked at 1.4 Ghz. It will feature the Radeon HD 8240 with 128SP @ 400 mHz. It will support a lower memory config of  DDR3-1333

We also have Benchmarks of the Athlon Flagship APU. In 3d Mark Firestrike it scores 379. In PCMark 08 it scores 2356 and in Basemark CL it scores 22 Points.

According to our source, engineering samples will ship in a few weeks, and will ship on February 2014. It will officially launch in March 2014.




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