The AMD E-350 is the top of the line part in the chip maker’s Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) lineup. Check out how it performs in our everyday tasks, video, and gaming tests.
About AMD E-350 / Radeon HD 6310 Chip
As same as the other AMD APUs, the E-350 includes the CPU, graphics, HD video decoder, and memory controller on a single die. The E-350 has dual CPU cores clocked at 1.6GHz, AMD Radeon HD 6310 integrated GPU, 1080p-capable UVD3 video decoder, and support for 1066 DDR3 memory.
The reviewed APU consumes 18W of power, as same as the lower-end E-240 with a single CPU core. Both E-Series chips are codenamed Zacate and are designed for use in affordable mainstream notebooks, higher-end netbooks, and small desktop PCs.
On the other side, the C-Series “Ontario” APUs consume 9W and are made for low-power netbooks, tablets, and other similar devices.
“Zacate” and “Ontario” APUs belong to the AMD “Brazos” platform and are produced using 40nm technology.
Our AMD E-350-Based Test System
For benchmarking purposes in this review, we used the MSI E350IA-E45 mini-ITX motherboard with the included E-350 / Radeon HD 6310. Also, we put 4GB of Geil Value Plus DDR3 RAM on the board, and connected a 3.5-inch 7,200rpm Seagate SATA2 1TB hard drive. The system was powered by a 350W power supply, which is sufficient for this setup. The benchmarks were done under Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS.
Web Browsing and Office Performance
Web browsing in Firefox was snappy, without any lags even when we opened a large blog website with large images, while playing a 720p YouTube video in another tab. I had no problem running multiple Microsoft Word and Excel documents at the same time, and scrolling through large .doc and .xls files.
We have played and bechmarked Crysis, Far Cry 2, World in Conflict, Half Life 2, and Quake 4 on the AMD E-350 / HD 6310 system and here are the frame rates:
Crysis on Low settings and 1280×720 resolution averages 27.5fps, which does provide playable frame rates, but its not flawlessly smooth.
Far Cry 2 is also playable on Low settings at 1280×720, with 24.2fps on average.
World in Conflict on Low and the same resolution gives 24fps, which can be somewhat increased if you run the game at the available Lowest settings.
An older game called Half Life 2 – Lost Coast runs excellent at High settings (1280×720), with average 49.89fps. You can even put AA and AF on maximum and still get excellent 44.27fps.
Quake 4, another old title, can be played completely smooth at High settings and 1280×720 at 45.85fps on average, as well as on Ultra High with a tiny frame rate reduction to 43.42.
1080p, 720p HD Video Playback
The system is capable of flawless full HD (1080p) and 720p video playback. A Transformers Movie Trailer played via YouTube in both 1080p and 720p resolutions consumed between 29% and 37% of CPU resources. When played in Windows Media Player, the Coral Reef Adventure in full HD produced approximately 10-15% CPU load, while with 720p version it was between around 8 and 13%. In both cases the playback was completely smooth.
AMD E-350 / Radeon HD 6310 Benchmark Results
The AMD E-350-powered laptops and desktops will do your everyday computing tasks, such as Web surfing, e-mail, and document editing, without a glitch. You won’t need a more powerful system just for that. On the other side, Radeon 6310’s graphics performance is the best in its (integrated) class, but don’t expect speed of a low- or mid-range dedicated video card. Finally, if your primary goal is to use this platform for HD multimedia, you won’t be disappointed, since it provides smooth playback even in full HD and additionally all or almost all AMD Fusion systems have HDMI outputs.
But the best part is definitely pricing. E-350-based netbooks start at around $300, full size laptops and all-in-one desktops start at around $350, and desktop motherboards with the included APU can be found for about $120.