The AMD A4-5300 (not to be confused with the Ryzen 3 5300U from 2021) is a low-end desktop APU based on the Trinity architecture. The chip is produced on a 32 nm process and integrates 1 module with 2 CPU cores clocked at 3.4 GHz to 3.6 GHz. Furthermore, the 5300 has an integrated Radeon HD 7480D graphics unit and a DDR3-1600 dual-channel memory controller.
The CPU core architecture is a redesegn of the Bulldozer architecture called Piledriver. Although marketed as a dual-core processor, the A4-5300 includes two integer cores but only one floating point unit in total. As a result, the CPU is not a true dual-core processor.
Depending on the benchmark, the CPU performance of the A4-5300 can be somewhat below the desktop dual-core Celeron G550. Only while using specific instruction set extensions such as AES - which is disabled for many low-end Intel CPUs - can the AMD chip achieve better performance. Despite the low computing power, simple everyday tasks such as office programs, multimedia applications or Internet surfing are possible without major restrictions. However, extensive multitasking is severely limited.
The integrated DirectX 11-compatible Radeon HD 7480D offers only 128 unified shaders (7660D: 384). The clock rate is 724 MHz with no Boost of any sort. On average, the performance of the HD 7480D GPU is somewhere between the HD Graphics 4000 and HD Graphics 2500 as found on Intel’s Ivy Bridge platform.
The power consumption of the desktop APU is rated at 65 Watts to be unfit for passively cooled setups.