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Tuesday, 25 January 2011 11:44

MSI Fusion board tested, praised, loved

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E-350 - HD 6310 combo packs a punch
The guys over at Hardwareheaven have managed to get their hands on MSI’s new E35OIA-E45 Fusion board and put it through its paces.

The tiny mini-ITX board packs AMD’s new E-350 1.6GHz APU, which is more than enough to wipe the floor with any Intel Atom system. The HD 6310 graphics scored E468 in 3Dmark 11 and the core proved powerful enough to run Fallout Las Vegas in sub-HD with low detail levels. Of course, the Fusion platform is not aimed at gamers, but you could get away with some casual gaming.

The CPU isn’t powerful enough to make use of high-end graphics, but there’s a PCIe x16 slot on board, so it is possible to upgrade the graphics should you be compelled to do so. The CPU did not deliver impressive results in encoding tests, either. However, applications that managed to harness the GPU did much better.

The system consumed between 50W and 61W of power depending on the load and the APU heated up to 62C under full load. This is pretty good, as there’s not much need for active cooling so the entire system is rather quiet. All in all, AMD’s new platform is very promising to say the least. If vendors manage to keep the price around €100, AMD could have winner on its hands.

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-81 #1 1ycos 2011-01-25 12:08
"... which is more than enough to wipe the floor with any Intel Atom system".

Not true. Atom D525 with Nvidias Ion NG wipes the floor with any AMD Fusion board.

Read here: http://www.blogeee.net/2011/01/les-scores-3dmark-des-amd-zacate-et-brazos/
 
 
-44 #2 1ycos 2011-01-25 12:17
"The system consumed between 50W and 61W of power ...".

This is pretty disappointing too! The numbers we usually hear are 9/18 Watts for the APU ... so this would mean the mainboard + a hard drive need 43 Watt? No f*cking way!
 
 
-40 #3 loadwick 2011-01-25 12:34
Does any of AMD's APUs do a job like QuickSync? ie speed up encoding/transcoding.
 
 
+55 #4 Ghost0fSparta 2011-01-25 12:34
Quoting 1ycos:
"The system consumed between 50W and 61W of power ...".

This is pretty disappointing too! The numbers we usually hear are 9/18 Watts for the APU ... so this would mean the mainboard + a hard drive need 43 Watt? No f*cking way!



When you read the original article they write: "To test how much a Fusion system uses we connected our three hard drives, 8GB of memory, Blu-Ray drive and USB peripherals ...".

Fudzilla should have copied this too! Because no typical mini-ITX system (e.g. HTPC) will have 3 hard drives plus all the other stuff connected.
 
 
-34 #5 nele 2011-01-25 12:35
Quoting 1ycos:
"The system consumed between 50W and 61W of power ...".

This is pretty disappointing too! The numbers we usually hear are 9/18 Watts for the APU ... so this would mean the mainboard + a hard drive need 43 Watt? No f*cking way!


I doubt the figures, too...

The load/idle figures are waaaaay too close
 
 
-22 #6 loadwick 2011-01-25 12:37
was the 9w/18w like you said just for the processor but also when idle or typical power draw?
 
 
+27 #7 1ycos 2011-01-25 12:44
Quoting loadwick:
was the 9w/18w like you said just for the processor but also when idle or typical power draw?



9/18 is TDP. So max. power draw for the APU (CPU + GPU).
 
 
+37 #8 MaxFino 2011-01-25 13:07
Power testing with a low power board and a highpower powersuply is kind of stupid. Why test with a "Corsair AX1200W PSU" when less than 50W could do the job ?
 
 
+30 #9 Ghost0fSparta 2011-01-25 13:12
Quoting MaxFino:
Power testing with a low power board and a highpower powersuply is kind of stupid. Why test with a "Corsair AX1200W PSU" when less than 50W could do the job ?


Yes! This site (hardwareheaven .com) is even more retarded than Fudzilla. It's a pain in the a** to read their review (very little info and heaps of Flash stuff on the site).
 
 
+7 #10 HBeam 2011-01-25 13:33
Quote:
Fallout Las Vegas

I don't know such game.
 

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