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ASUS presents the micro-ATX E45M1-M PRO Motherboard for AMD Fusion APUs

ASUS took its time to launch several products at IFA 2011, but also created other devices, as for example a motherboard micro-ATX compatible with AMD processors.

Consumers are probably already familiar with collections of AMD (APUs) accelerated processing units. Fusion technology-driven, these units include x86 cores and graphics of high quality (with support for DirectX 11) on the same chip.

It is that ASUS has thought of an APU of this type to design its latest base of small form factor (SFF). In contrast to most of the SFF mainboards designed to the chip E-350, the newly arrived was created for the E-450 AMD APU on dual-core. This device works with Bobcat kernels, which have a 1.65 GHz clock speed, supports DDR3-1333 memory and has DirectX 11 graphics compatible Radeon HD 6320.

Having said that, the platform, called PRO E45M1-M, has a 3-phase VRAM for powering the APU, 24-pin ATX with 4-pin CPU power, a pair of DIMM DDR3 slots and a large heatsink. In addition, ASUS joined five ports SATA 6.0 Gbit/S, eSATA 6.0 Gbps, HDMI, DVI, D-Sub, audio 7.1 channels, Optical SPDIF output , Gigabit Ethernet, Firewire, USB 3.0 (two connectors) and, of course, some USB 2.0 ports.

Finally, the EPU (energy processing unit) of ASUS chip is also present, so energy efficiency could be maximized even more.

However, the motherboard ASUS PRO E45M1-M (loaded with UEFI firmware and ASUS EZ-Mode GUI Setup) is 244 x 183 mm and boasts four expansion slots (two PCI regular, a PCI Express x 1 and a PCI Express 2.0 x 16).

Last but not least, a fan can be placed above the heatsink mentioned for better cooling of the APU and the Hudson M1 chipset.

Unfortunately, although product page already exists, the price and availability date were not mentioned.

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