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ASRock E350M1 AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard

We bent the rules a couple of months ago to show you a preview of the new Gigabyte E350V-USB3 motherboard for the new AMD Fusion Brazos platform. While they’re still bent, we’re going to sneak in another preview, this time from ASRock, that they’re calling the E350M1. Although this motherboard won’t be on any enthusiasts short-list for a new mini-ITX gaming system, these new Fusion-based boards are surprisingly capable for a low power solution.

The ASRock E350M1 popped up on a Vietnamese website about a month ago, complete with multiple photos and a few benchmarking results. The site claimed 3798 3DMark05 points from the Zacate’s integrated Radeon HD 6310. The gaming benchmarks they ran claimed 58fps in FFIA, 34fps in Devil May Cry, 46fps in Left for Dead, 28fps in Call of Duty 6 and 30fps in Red Alert 3. Curiously, the E350M1 only managed 21fps in Starcraft II and a meager 14fps in World Of Warcraft. However, these are preliminary benchmarks and the exact settings are undocumented. Updated drivers closer to the official release should also have an impact on the board’s performance.

As for the features of the E350M1, it packs a dual-core AMD E350 APU and two slots for 240-pin DDR3. A PCI Express 2.0 slot is standard, along with four SATA III 6Gbps drive connectors. USB 3.0 support is offered via two ports on the rear panel, along with four USB 2.0 ports and an eSATA connector. VGA, DVI and HDMI are included, as is HD audio and an optical SPDIF output. A PS/2 port and Gigabit Ethernet round out the rear panel.

The AMD Fusion platform is a big step up from previous integrated systems.  While not a viable choice for serious gaming, the Brasos family of APU’s will make for some very power efficient systems that are capable of light gaming. Whether or not the Fusion APU is ready to handle serious horsepower in the PCIe slot will have to wait for a hands-on review.

ASRock E350M1 Specifications

CPU – AMD Dual-Core Zacate E350 APU
– Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology
– UMI 2.5 GT/s
Chipset – AMD A50M Chipset
Memory – 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
– Supports DDR3 1066/800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
– Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB*

*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
BIOS – 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
– Supports “Plug and Play”
– ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
– Supports jumperfree
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
– DRAM, FCH, +1V, +1.8V Voltage Multi-adjustment
 Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics – Integrated AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics
– DX11 class iGPU, Pixel Shader 5.0
– Max. shared memory 512MB
– Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
– Supports HDMI Technology with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 (1080P)
– Supports DVI with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @ 75Hz
– Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048×1536 @ 85Hz
– Supports HDCP function with DVI and HDMI ports
– Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback with DVI and HDMI ports
– Supports Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio through HDMI port
Audio – 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
– Premium Blu-ray audio support
LAN – PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
– Realtek RTL8111E
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports LAN Cable Detection
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
 Expansion / Connectivity
Slots – 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (blue @ x4 mode)
SATA3 – 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
Connector – 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
– 1 x CIR header
– 1 x COM port header
– CPU/Chassis FAN connector
– 24 pin ATX power connector
– Front panel audio connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
Rear Panel I/O I/O Panel
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Port
– 1 x VGA/D-Sub Port
– 1 x VGA/DVI-D Port
– 1 x HDMI Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
– 1 x eSATA3 Connector
– 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
 Other Features / Miscellaneous
Unique Feature – Instant Boot
– ASRock Instant Flash
– ASRock APP Charger
– SmartView
Hybrid Booster:
– ASRock U-COP
– Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
Support CD – Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite – OEM and Trial; Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB – Trial)
Accessories – Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
– 2 x SATA Data Cables (optional)
Hardware Monitor – CPU Temperature Sensing
– Chassis Temperature Sensing
– CPU/Chassis Fan Tachometer
– CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU or MB Temperature)
– CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
– Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
Form Factor – Mini-ITX Form Factor: 6.7-in x 6.7-in, 17.0 cm x 17.0 cm
– Solid Capacitor for CPU power
OS – Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP Media Center / XP 64-bit compliant


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