Mini-ITX motherboards review - Part 1: Integrated CPU
11 November 2012
Excerpt: The smaller microATX format has been gaining in popularity, but if you know for sure that will only need a single expansion slot, you can go with an even more compact format, Mini-ITX. The number of these small motherboards have steadily increased over the past few years.
Conclusion: Don’t let the test results fool you, even at 1/3 of the performance of its big brother the A8. The E350N-USB3 is still more than capable of playing HD content and that’s what it’s truly made to do.
Excerpt: Home theater systems and such have become a widespread phenomena. As technology becomes more and more affordable and even the low end systems have the juice to keep up with HD and Blu-Ray playback, there has never been a better time to buy one of such systems.
Summary: First let’s talk a little bit about the AMD Fusion platform. When discussing this platform it is important to keep in mind that, like the Atom platform, the Brazos architecture is designed to be low powered and cost effective.
Summary: If you've been following along since page one, you'll already know the answers to the questions we posed at the start of this review. For everyone who skipped over my eloquent prose, carefully constructed charts, and pretty graphs, I'll recap.
Conclusion: Gigabyte has taken the encouraging step of using AMD's newest technology and brought it to bear on the desktop. The Brazos platform encompasses a low-power CPU and DX11-capable integrated graphics on one chip, brought together under the firm's Fusion APU initiative.
Conclusion: So was the AMD Fusion APU worth waiting for? As a replacement for the Intel Atom/ION platform, the E-350 APU certainly works well, though we did expect the CPU part to perform a bit better than just 20% faster than the aging Atom N330.
First Look: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion mobo
19 January 2011
Excerpt: The Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 is the first motherboard from Gigabyte using the new AMD Fusion APU’s. We have posted a first look at it with images and some specifications while we are working on the full review.