TechSpot's Budget CPU Roundup: AMD Kabini vs. Intel Bay Trail-D

Low-end desktop SoCs typically come soldered to motherboards, including AMD's 2011 Brazos platform as well as Intel's Bay Trail-D. Since upgradability is limited in that scenario anyway, many people see tablets and related options as being more practical for their price and portability.

AMD hopes to change that with its AM1 platform, which currently offers four APUs as well as a range of affordable motherboards. This gives the platform an edge over previous budget SoCs as it provides entry-level buyers the flexibility enjoyed by the rest of the desktop market.

While checking out the new AM1 APUs, we included many potentially competing chips we had on hand or picked up, to give you a clearer picture of what is available and help determine which solution is right for you.

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Athlon 5350 at 23W?? Hmm.. server duties, or even replacing the i3 530 in my HTPC, though mobo support of only 2 SATA ports won't cut it (I use 7)

Yup I bought the Gigabyte GA-AM1M-S2H board and an Athlon 5350 yesterday just to put in my file server. The boards only have 2 SATA ports as you say but I've got an 8 port SAS card and 8 SAS drives in mine. Of course you can also just get a 4 port SATA PCI-E card or two to deal with the issue for SATA drives as they're cheap enough.

You guys need to keep looking at Socket AM1 boards, AsRock has two boards with 4 SATA ports... Both are Mini-ITX as well.

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