AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s

Gigabyte's E350N-USB3 Motherboard

Next up we have the Gigabyte E350N-USB3. As we’ve mentioned, the E350N-USB3 takes the very same AMD E-350 APU powering the Zotac ZBox and places it on a mini-ITX motherboard targeted at the do-it-yourself system-building crowd. The E350N-USB3 sports Gigabyte’s traditional blue-PCB with light-blue and while accents, and as is the case with most of their full-sized desktop board, the E350N-USB3 is a well-organized and laid out, highly integrated piece of kit.

The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Fusion Motherboard

Gigabyte E350N-USB3
Specifications & Features
Built in with an AMD E-350 Dual-Core processor
Built in with an AMD Radeon HD 6310 (DirectX 11) graphics core

AMD Hudson-M1 FCH

2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory
Single channel memory architecture
Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066 MHz memory modules

Onboard Graphics (Integrated in the APU)
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200

Realtek ALC892 codec
High Definition Audio
Support for Dolby Home Theater
Support for S/PDIF Out

1 x Realtek 8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots
1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4

Storage Interface
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s devices

Internal I/O Connectors
1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
1 x CPU fan header
1 x system fan header
1 x front panel header
1 x front panel audio header
1 x S/PDIF Out header
2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
1 x debug card header
1 x chassis instrusion header
1 x power LED header
1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Chipset: Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets connected to the internal USB headers)

Renasas D720200 chip: Up to 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel

Back Panel Connectors
1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x HDMI port
1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
1 x RJ-45 port
6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller
ITE IT8720 chip

H/W Monitoring
System voltage detection
CPU/System temperature detection
CPU/System fan speed detection

2 x 16 Mbit flash
Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
Support for DualBIOS
PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Unique Features
Support for @BIOS
Support for Q-Flash, Q-Share
Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
Support for Xpress Install
Support for EasyTune
Support for Smart Recovery
Support for Auto Green
Support for On/Off Charge

Bundle Software
Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

Operating System
Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

Form Factor
Mini-ITX; 17.0cm x 17.0cm

Dominating the E350N-USB3 is a large heatsink and fan combo that rests atop the motherboard’s AMD E-350 APU and Hudson-M1 chipset. While effective and relatively quiet, the heatsink may be overkill because it hardly gets warm to the touch with such low-power chips underneath.



Circling the board from the right edge on down, you can see a pair of DDR3 DIMM slots next to the 240-pin ATX power connector, with a fan header and the front panel header in between. Along the bottom edge is a physical PCI Express x16 slot with an X4 electrical connection, with four SATA ports just above it. Between the IO backplane and the heatsink are a couple of USB headers and the 4-pin ATX 12v connector. And along the top there are some chokes and capacitors that comprise the board’s VRM.

In the IO backplane are a total of four USB 2.0 ports, a PS2 mouse / keyboard port, DVI, HDMI, and VGA video outputs, two USB 3.0 ports, an RJ45 LAN jack, and optical and analog audio inputs and outputs.

While mini-ITX motherboards are becoming increasingly more common, finding one with a low-power CPU and a DX11 graphics core is not. All a user has to do is add RAM and storage and you’ve technically got a full system ready to roll. We suppose a case would help too, but that’s technically not a necessity.

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