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Gigabyte presents AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard

We’ve seen Gigabyte Fusion boards knocking about in recent months, but if you’ve been eyeing up the HTPC potential of the new AMD platform , you’ll be pleased to hear that the Taiwanese manufacturer has used CES to get all official on us.

 The board announced today is the GA-E350N-USB3, and it’s a mini-ITX solution designed with one purpose in mind; low power, small-form-factor, hi-def home entertainment.

 

 

 

Measuring 17cm x 17cm, the miniature board is based on the AMD Hudson chipset and comes armed with a newly-launched AMD Fusion E-350 APU. Said chip provides two processor cores clocked at 1.6GHz and an integrated DX11-capable Radeon HD 6310 GPU that packs 80 stream processors running at 500MHz. All whilst keeping within an 18W TDP.

 That’s the start of what appears to be a spiffin’ low-power HTPC, and Gigabyte’s rounding off the feature set with a pair of DDR3 DIMM slots capable of supporting up to 8GB of RAM, a PCIe x16 slot (that sadly runs at x4 due to chipset limitations), four SATA 6Gbps connectors, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1-channel high-def audio.

 

 

 Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable Classic 3 design promises the use of high-quality components, and the rear I/O provides a healthy set of connectivity options. There’s no eSATA, but the combination of USB 3.0, HDMI, DVI, VGA and optical audio isn’t going to leave many users feeling short changed.

 There’s no mention of price or availability as yet, and we’ve no idea how loud the “specially designed low profile fansink” is during real-world use, but we’re certainly eager to find out.

Press Release

 
 

 

Las Vegas NV, USA, January 4, 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions today proudly announced its first ever Mini-ITX form factor motherboard for the AMD platform called the GA-E350N-USB3. The new addition to GIGABYTE’s small form factor HTPC motherboard range features AMD Fusion™ Technology with DirectX® 11, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0), SATA 6Gbps, an HDMI interface, as well as a host of unique high-end GIGABYTE features such as Ultra Durable™ 3 Classic, 3x USB Power and On/Off Charge for quick charging iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

“We’re excited about the GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard because it’s the first all-in-one Mini-ITX board with DX11 capabilities, and we expect it to go a long way towards bridging the gap between discrete and integrated graphics performance,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. “With its specially designed low profile fansink and multitude of hi-def, high-speed connectors, we expect this little power house to be popular amongst HTPC system integrators, DIY enthusiasts and case modders.”

Powered by the AMD E-350 Dual-Core Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics, the GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard provides exceptional Blu-ray high definition content playback unmatched by previous integrated graphics solutions. Accompanying the hi-def video out is hi-def 7.1 surround sound audio with S/PDIF out support – another valuable living room PC feature. For connecting and charging portable devices, the GA-E350N-USB3 offers GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology for quick and convenient charging iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices, GIGABYTE 3x USB Power Boost and USB 3.0 from an onboard Renasas (NEC®) controller, ensuring users are able to take advantage the next wave of SuperSpeed USB storage devices.

With regards to build quality, the GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard has been designed to withstand the rigors of an always on device in terms of both energy efficiency and temperature: the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 Classic design utilizes 2x the amount of copper of a traditional motherboard PCB, allowing the GA-E350N-USB3 to provide better power efficiency and lower operating temperatures than other designs. Additionally, the GA-E350N-USB3 is equipped with ultra durable all solid Japanese capacitors and GIGABYTE  DualBIOS™ technology, which provides a back-up BIOS chip in case the main BIOS becomes corrupted or damaged.

More information about the GIGABYTE GA- E350N-USB3 motherboard is available from:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3681#ov.

 

Update: The price of the Gigabyte E-350 APU is £123.

Source: hexus.net 

 

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