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ECS HDC-I2 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

AMD’s Fusion APUs are starting to trickle in the market and after reviewing the Asus 1215B netbook, we now have something for the desktop from ECS. Based on the Hudson chipset, the HDC-I2 is a mini-ITX motherboard that uses AMDs Zacate E-350 APU to power it. This motherboard is targeted at HTPC enthusiasts or even someone looking to build a low power download rig. Given the prowess of the E-350, it would also make a very good second PC for work and multimedia. Let’s check out ECS’s offering in a bit more detail.

Since the CPU cores, memory controller and GPU are on the same die, there’s just a single heatsink right in the center to cool it. The aluminum finned heatsink is quite large and is enough to cool the die even for our weather conditions. There are two fan headers as well, one for a system fan, in case you want to place one over the heatsink, and the other for the rear exhaust. ECS have also provided a PCI slot for a sound card.

There’s plenty of connectivity like VGA, DVI (no HDMI unfortunately) and 8 USB 2.0 ports. It also has a Gigabit Ethernet jack and VIA 6-channel audio. The PCI card will actually come in handy for a sound card if you are planning on building an HTPC.

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