Short Review AMD A4-5000 APU "Kabini"

Till Schönborn (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 05/26/2013

Quad-core for the masses. Tablets, subnotebooks, entry-level devices: AMD's new Jaguar architecture is intended to cover the whole breadth of inexpensive mobile computers. After having taken a first look at the frugal A6-1450, this review will now examine the higher-performance A4-5000, codename "Kabini".

For the original German review, see here.

"More cores, better graphics, all day battery life" -- AMD has used this promise once before with the Brazos line and has done the same with its new line of processors. The inexpensive APUs will be available in stores under the series labels E, A4 and A6 and would be the successors to very popular Brazos generation (ex. E2-1800, codename "Zacate") introduced in 2011.

Like the "Temash" APU we tested in an earlier review of the new chips, "Kabini" is also based on the Jaguar cores. Nonetheless, there are several crucial differences between the two. We will illustrate these differences using the A4-5000 as an example.

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The A4-5000

With four CPU cores clocked at 1.5 GHz (no turbo unfortunately), the A4-5000 currently is the second-fastest model in the Kabini line-up. The range starts with two cores at 1.0 GHz (E1-2100) and ends with the fastest chip with four cores at 2.0 GHz (A6-5200). The graphics performance also differs: While the A4-5000's Radeon HD 8330 is clocked at 500 MHz, the frequencies of other models lie somewhere between 300 and 600 MHz.  However, the construction and number of shaders (2 compute units, 128 GCN) are identical for all the APUs.

Compared to the especially frugal Temash tablet-chip, the Kabini's power consumption is a bit higher. This is partly due to the Kabini's higher clock frequencies, but also because it supports faster memory types and additional I/O connectors. The A4-5000 we tested is specified at 15 watts; other models have TDPs between 9 and 25 watts.

The Test Device

The review sample is a ‘reference design’ or ‘white book’ sent to us by AMD. This is a device that will not be available to the consumer from any channel and is to push OEMs in a particular direction when it comes to incorporating these chips. 

The simple design of the 14-inch notebook is has one stand-out feature that we hope some OEM would implement in a future model – a gorgeous IPS Full HD display. Otherwise there's nothing special about the notebook's configuration: 4 GB of RAM and a 320 GB hard drive are standard for an inexpensive notebook. Neither of those parts should have much influence on our measurements.

An overview of the specifications:

  • AMD A4-5000, 4 cores at 1.5 GHz (no Turbo)
  • Radeon HD 8330, 128 GCN shaders at 500 MHz, driver 12.105.0.0
  • 1x 4 GB DDR3L-1600 @ 800 MHz, single-channel
  • Toshiba MQ Series 320 GB (MQ01ABD032)
  • Windows 8 64 Bit


CPU Performance

 

Cinebench R11.5
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1.49 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1.02 Points ∼9%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1.78 Points ∼15%
Toshiba Satellite L830-10F
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba MK5075GSX
1.34 Points ∼11%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
0.85 Points ∼7%
Samsung Serie 3 355E5C-S02DE
Radeon HD 7470M, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
0.64 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1.13 Points ∼9%
CPU Single 64Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
0.38 Points ∼0%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.33 Points ∼0%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.76 Points ∼1%
Toshiba Satellite L830-10F
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba MK5075GSX
0.56 Points ∼0%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
0.63 Points ∼0%
Samsung Serie 3 355E5C-S02DE
Radeon HD 7470M, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547575A9E384
0.33 Points ∼0%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
0.59 Points ∼0%
X264 HD Benchmark 4.0
Pass 1
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
41.49 fps ∼24%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
29.13 fps ∼17%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
57.07 fps ∼33%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
41.9 fps ∼24%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
30.66 fps ∼18%
Asus U32U-RX042V
Radeon HD 6320, E-450, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
16.17 fps ∼9%
Pass 2
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
8.74 fps ∼16%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
6.04 fps ∼11%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
10.35 fps ∼19%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
7.5 fps ∼14%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
5.73 fps ∼10%
Asus U32U-RX042V
Radeon HD 6320, E-450, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2.89 fps ∼5%
TrueCrypt
AES Mean 100MB
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
0.929 GB/s ∼18%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.674 GB/s ∼13%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.177 GB/s ∼3%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
0.126 GB/s ∼2%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
0.512 GB/s ∼10%
Sony Vaio SVE-1111M1E/P
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Western Digital WD5000BPVT-55HXZT3
0.0891 GB/s ∼2%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
0.1 GB/s ∼2%
Twofish Mean 100MB
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
0.165 GB/s ∼19%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.109 GB/s ∼13%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.16 GB/s ∼18%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
0.111 GB/s ∼13%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
0.101 GB/s ∼12%
Sony Vaio SVE-1111M1E/P
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Western Digital WD5000BPVT-55HXZT3
0.0734 GB/s ∼8%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
0.0827 GB/s ∼10%
Serpent Mean 100MB
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
0.103 GB/s ∼6%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
0.064 GB/s ∼4%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
0.094 GB/s ∼6%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
0.063 GB/s ∼4%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
0.058 GB/s ∼3%
Sony Vaio SVE-1111M1E/P
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Western Digital WD5000BPVT-55HXZT3
0.0502 GB/s ∼3%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
0.0462 GB/s ∼3%
WinRAR - Result
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1078 KB/s ∼21%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
785 KB/s ∼15%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1889 KB/s ∼36%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1535 KB/s ∼30%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
865 KB/s ∼17%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135 NZV5YGE
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
486 KB/s ∼9%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1107 KB/s ∼21%
3DMark 06 - CPU
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1992 Points ∼24%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1409 Points ∼17%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2229 Points ∼26%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1726 Points ∼20%
Samsung 535U4C
Radeon HD 7550M, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
1372 Points ∼16%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135 NZV5YGE
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1061 Points ∼13%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1487 Points ∼18%

Even though the A4-5000 barely has higher clock frequencies than the A6-1450 we recently reviewed, the differences between the two in terms of performance are in fact quite substantial. The Kabini chips have been designed to have higher TDPs that facilitate this jump in performance over the Temash line.  In order not to exceed its maximum power consumption of 8 watts (without "Turbo Dock"), the A6-1450 can reach 1.4 GHz in the turbo mode when a single core is under load, but under maximum load the frequency drops to about 1.0 GHz. Thanks to the constant 1.5 GHz available to the APU, the A4-5000 jumps ahead by almost 50 percent in some benchmarks, giving it a considerable lead in the performance stakes.

With all four cores under load, the APU performs at around the same level as the Core i3-2367M and even comes close to the newer Core i3-3217U in some areas. However, the APU's single thread performance is still low. Even Pentium 987 is at least 50 percent faster per core. Although the parallelization of modern applications has greatly improved in recent times, this facet of performance shouldn't be completely ignored.

Even so, in everyday use, the laptop feels quite speedy and quick to react to input. The APU's higher performance compared to the A6-1450 or the older E2-1800 is absolutely perceptible, though it could be even higher were there an additional turbo-mode. It is really a glaring omission by AMD but understandable as they wanted to hit the power envelope just right. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the revised version of the Kabini platform could reintroduce the Turbo mode in future chips with some design optimization. The turbo mode would have improved the core performance in single threaded applications significantly. But for office and multimedia applications, including Full HD videos, the APU performance is quite good.

GPU Performance (Synthetic Benchmarks)


3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
23754 Points ∼16%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
18211 Points ∼12%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
28088 Points ∼19%
HP EliteBook 2760p-LG682EA
HD Graphics 3000, 2540M, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
26905 Points ∼18%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
20208 Points ∼14%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
25774 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
21788 Points ∼6%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
31435 Points ∼9%
HP EliteBook 2760p-LG682EA
HD Graphics 3000, 2540M, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
26222 Points ∼8%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
23520 Points ∼7%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Score
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2143 Points ∼9%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1560 Points ∼7%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3100 Points ∼13%
HP EliteBook 2760p-LG682EA
HD Graphics 3000, 2540M, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
2484 Points ∼10%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
1875 Points ∼8%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2465 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1914 Points ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
3848 Points ∼5%
HP EliteBook 2760p-LG682EA
HD Graphics 3000, 2540M, Samsung MZ7PC128HBFU
2428 Points ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
2222 Points ∼3%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Score
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
338 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
241 Points ∼3%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
455 Points ∼5%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
251 Points ∼3%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Standard Graphics
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
353 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
260 Points ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E130 NZUAXMB
HD Graphics 4000, 3227U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
494 Points ∼4%
Toshiba Satellite C850-1LX
HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge), 1000M, TOSHIBA MQ01ABD075
279 Points ∼2%
3DMark Vantage
1280x1024 P Result no PhysX
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1824 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1272 Points ∼3%
Toshiba Satellite U940-100
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U
2604 Points ∼7%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2410 Points ∼7%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1331 Points ∼4%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135 NZV5YGE
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1071 Points ∼3%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
789 Points ∼2%
1280x1024 P GPU no PhysX
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1526 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1075 Points ∼2%
Toshiba Satellite U940-100
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U
2194 Points ∼5%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2322 Points ∼5%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1076 Points ∼2%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135 NZV5YGE
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
923 Points ∼2%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
626 Points ∼1%
3DMark 06 - 1280x1024 Standard AA:0x AF:0x
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
3361 Points ∼11%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2366 Points ∼8%
Toshiba Satellite U940-100
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U
4424 Points ∼15%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4903 Points ∼17%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
3261 Points ∼11%
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E135 NZV5YGE
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2470 Points ∼8%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
2288 Points ∼8%

Three factors are responsible for the superiority of the A4-5000 over the A6-1450 when it comes to 3D performance.  At 600 MHz, the Radeon HD 8330 clocks exactly 20 percent faster than the Radeon HD 8250.  Thanks to the APU's DDR3L-1600 memory, the GPU has more memory bandwidth at its command (A6-1450: DDR3L-1066). And finally, the higher CPU performance allows the graphics unit to function with fewer constraints.

That is still not enough for the GPU to attain to the level of Intel's HD Graphics 4000, but at least it beats the HD Graphics 3000 and HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge version) in most cases. For a very inexpensive and frugal entry-level solution, that's certainly not a bad result.

Unfortunately, for the time being we can't share the results from the popular 3DMark 11 benchmark with you. The driver installed by AMD, which is only a few weeks old, seems to be suffering from a few bugs and caused this benchmark to crash repeatedly. But our estimated score for the device in the performance preset is somewhere between 550 to 600 points.

GPU Performance (Games)


low med.high ultra
Battlefield 3 (2011) 159.88fps
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011) 18.513.39.1fps
Anno 2070 (2011) 37.716.610.4fps
Diablo III (2012) 35.422.419.2fps
Dirt Showdown (2012) 27.720.716.2fps
Sleeping Dogs (2012) 26.319.47.4fps
Counter-Strike: GO (2012) 41.537.226.8fps
Dishonored (2012) 23.518.616.7fps
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012) 28.519.18.7fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 14.811.95.7fps
Crysis 3 (2013) 13.98.35.1fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 2713.79.5fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 2613.311.1fps
Metro: Last Light (2013) 12.832.7fps
GRID 2 (2013) 43.122.216.5fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 8.45.72.8fps
Dota 2 (2013) 24.916.88.4fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 11.39.36.33fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 19.815.2fps
Fifa 14 (2013) 102.857.346.123.8fps
F1 2013 (2013) 34252312fps
X-Plane 10.25 (2013) 17.79fps
AMD Kabini Reference
AMD A4-5000, AMD Radeon HD 8330, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
AMD A6-1450, AMD Radeon HD 8250, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
Toshiba Satellite L830-10F
Intel Core i3-2367M, Intel HD Graphics 3000, Toshiba MK5075GSX
Dell Vostro 3360
Intel Core i5-3317U, Intel HD Graphics 4000, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT007-9ZV142
Dirt Showdown
1024x768 Ultra Low Preset27.715.924.839.6
1366x768 Medium Preset20.712.615.120.3
1366x768 High Preset AA:2xMS16.211.59.512.8
Counter-Strike: GO
1024x768 (Very) Low41.517.4
1366x768 Medium37.214.3
1366x768 High AA:2x MS AF:4x26.811.9
Total Average (Program / Settings)

As long as you're content with low graphics settings and an average frame rate between 25 and 40 fps, some less demanding titles from the last few years are playable with the A4-5000. The lead the APU has compared to the A6-1450 is quite surprising. Especially in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dirt: Showdown, we observed drastic improvements, even though the two APUs should actually behave in a more similar manner. This can be explained with the loads that the games put on the APU. If the CPU is bogged down with AI and physics computations, then there is more strain on the GPU to keep up, leading to poorer performance from slower chips.

All in all, one should never lose sight of the fact that the A4-5000 is an inexpensive, low-end product. Its meager gaming capabilities are hardly surprising and can't be criticized. But if you want to play older LAN classics like Warcraft III, then the APU is certainly up to the task.

Power Consumption

Idle: (Measurements on Windows 8 Desktop)

  • Energy-saving mode, minimum brightness, WLAN off: 5.1 W
  • Balanced, maximum brightness, WLAN off: 9.5 W
  • High-performance, maximum brightness, WLAN on: 10.5 W

Load: (Measurements with high-performance, maximum brightness and WLAN on)

  • Cinebench R11.5 Single (1.5 GHz CPU): 13.7 W
  • Cinebench R11.5 Multi (1.5 GHz CPU): 17.0 W
  • Prime95 large FFTs (1.5 GHz CPU): 20.5 W
  • FurMark (1.5 GHz CPU): 20.7 W
  • Prime95 + FurMark (1.5 GHz CPU): 26.6 W
  • 3DMark 06: 19.9 W

In idle mode, the power consumption of the review sample is essentially equivalent to that of the smaller Acer Aspire V5-122P from our A6-1450 review. The power draw under load is interesting, though. Due to the higher clock frequency of 1.5 GHz, the maximum power requirement of the CPU cores in Prime95 rises from 6.6 W (A6-1450 at 1.0 GHz) to around 10 W and for a CPU with this kind of performance numbers, the values are very good.  The quicker graphics unit doesn't seem to have much of an effect on the APU's power draw, at least not enough to be apparent in our measurements.

Looking at the chip under full load with Prime95 and FurMark, it's clear that the chip is sticks to its TDP specification of 15 W. In this "worst case scenario", the consumption increased by 16.1 W. Subtracting the loss from the power supply and voltage converter, the number specified by AMD could be exactly correct. Games generally require about 4 to 6 W less.

(Note: Due to varying measuring devices and methods, the power consumption values we determined here aren't directly comparable to the values from our notebook tests)

Verdict

Short Review: The AMD A4-5000 APU "Kabini"
Short Review: AMD A4-5000 APU "Kabini"

Small differences, big effect: The A4-5000 APU's higher clock frequencies (CPU, GPU and memory) compared to the A6-1450 really pay off, especially when the unit is running games; at least the increase in speed makes some less demanding titles from yester years playable. And normal workloads are easier to handle for the notebook with fewer frustrating pauses than what was observed with the Temash machine. Anyone who just surfs the internet, works on a few office documents or watches videos will hardly need more performance than what the APU has to offer.

Compared with the Intel CPUs, the A4-5000's graphics unit particularly stands out, as it almost attains matches the HD 4000 Ivy Bridge IGP in some performance benchmarks. Unfortunately, the A4-5000 is threatening only to older ULV models like the Core i3-2367M when running multi-threaded workloads. The single core performance is still very poor compared to Intel CPU cores. Introduction of ‘turbo cores’ in the next iteration might help reduce the deficit to an extent.

But the A4-5000 represents a very interesting option for inexpensive subnotebooks offering long battery life and just enough performance to keep the user satisfied. The Kabini processors slot neatly into the space between the Core i3 processors and the Atom. They will be unchallenged in this space for a few months until the new Silvermont Atom.

Addendum

A few more benchmarks without commentary:

Cinebench R10
Shading 32Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2587 Points ∼22%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1799 Points ∼15%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4188 Points ∼36%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
3078 Points ∼26%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4285 Points ∼37%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
4180 Points ∼15%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2826 Points ∼10%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
5525 Points ∼20%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
4098 Points ∼15%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2578 Points ∼9%
Rendering Single 32Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1186 Points ∼19%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1031 Points ∼16%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2509 Points ∼39%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1824 Points ∼29%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1594 Points ∼25%
Shading 64Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2581 Points ∼12%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1762 Points ∼8%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4390 Points ∼20%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
3185 Points ∼15%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
4254 Points ∼20%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2144 Points ∼10%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1914 Points ∼9%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
5076 Points ∼14%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3597 Points ∼10%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
6972 Points ∼20%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
4821 Points ∼14%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3578 Points ∼10%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2374 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
4467 Points ∼13%
Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1446 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1279 Points ∼5%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
3079 Points ∼12%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
2233 Points ∼9%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2172 Points ∼9%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
1223 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
2409 Points ∼10%
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 1M
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
41.356 Seconds * ∼9%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
46.816 Seconds * ∼10%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
21.142 Seconds * ∼5%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
27.4 Seconds * ∼6%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
45 Seconds * ∼10%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
46 Seconds * ∼10%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
26 Seconds * ∼6%
Super Pi mod 1.5 XS 2M
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
93.087 Seconds * ∼4%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
106.347 Seconds * ∼5%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
47.33 Seconds * ∼2%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
61.5 Seconds * ∼3%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
102 Seconds * ∼4%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
102 Seconds * ∼4%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
58 Seconds * ∼2%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2088.846 Seconds * ∼9%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2372.736 Seconds * ∼11%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1090.275 Seconds * ∼5%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1396 Seconds * ∼6%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
2658 Seconds * ∼12%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
2254 Seconds * ∼10%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1332 Seconds * ∼6%
wPrime 2.0x
32m
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
36.285 s * ∼7%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
59.984 s * ∼12%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
32.032 s * ∼6%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
36.4 s * ∼7%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
61.8 s * ∼12%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
60 s * ∼12%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
48 s * ∼10%
1024m
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
1131.137 s * ∼13%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2260.756 s * ∼27%
Asus VivoBook S300CA
HD Graphics 4000, 3217U, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1010.724 s * ∼12%
Toshiba Portégé Z830-10N
HD Graphics 3000, 2367M, Toshiba THNSNB128GMCJ
1132.6 s * ∼13%
Samsung 535U3C
Radeon HD 7500G, A6-4455M, Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 HTS545050A7E380
1950 s * ∼23%
HP 655 B6M65EA
Radeon HD 7340, E2-1800, Hitachi Travelstar 5K750 HTS547550A9E384
1922 s * ∼23%
Acer Aspire One 756 NU.SH0EG.007
HD Graphics 2000, 987, Seagate Momentus Thin ST320LT020-9YG142
1548 s * ∼18%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit
Total Score
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
3051 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1876 Points ∼15%
Integer
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2926 Points ∼22%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1834 Points ∼14%
Floating Point
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
3868 Points ∼23%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2238 Points ∼14%
Memory
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2065 Points ∼25%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1401 Points ∼17%
Stream
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
2603 Points ∼29%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
1712 Points ∼19%
ComputeMark v2.1
1024x600 Normal, Score
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
309 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
275 Points ∼5%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 3DTex
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
48 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
44 Points ∼6%
1024x600 Normal, Fluid 2DTexArr
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
46 Points ∼7%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
44 Points ∼7%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Vector
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
82 Points ∼6%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
71 Points ∼6%
1024x600 Normal, Mandel Scalar
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
54 Points ∼5%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
46 Points ∼4%
1024x600 Normal, QJuliaRayTrace
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
79 Points ∼4%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
71 Points ∼4%
Unigine Heaven 3.0
1920x1080 DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
4.2 fps ∼3%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
3.7 fps ∼3%
1920x1080 OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders AA:Off AF:Off
AMD Kabini Reference
Radeon HD 8330, A4-5000, Toshiba MQ01ABD032
4.5 fps ∼6%
Acer Aspire V5-122P-61454G50NSS
Radeon HD 8250, A6-1450, Western Digital Scorpio Blue WD5000LPVX
2.9 fps ∼4%

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Author: Till Schönborn, 2013-05-26 (Update: 2013-06-24)