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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 10:19

ASrock Fusion ITX board available for €88

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Atoms beware
The first Fusion boards are slowly starting to trickle into retail, but most of them are still priced well over €100, which can hardly be described as a bargain.

However, ASrock's E350M1 is currently available in Poland for as little as €88, while German and Austrian consumers will have to cough up between €92 and €95. All things considered, this is a rather good price. Most high-end Atom boards cost between €70 and €90, while ION boards with dual core Atoms cost even more.

The E350M1 is a no thrills board, with AMD's E-350 APU at 1.6GHz, HD 6310 graphics, two DDR3 slots and a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot. It also supports eSATA 6Gbps and packs four SATA 6Gbps ports. Although it doesn't sound like much, this is more than enough to make any Atom feel inadequate and seek professional help.

We wouldn't be surprised to see even cheaper implementations of AMD's Fusion platform over the coming weeks and months. Things are not looking good for Intel's Atom to say the least.

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+20 #1 jrharbort 2011-02-01 10:32
As long as the price is right, and in this case it is, there is no reason NOT to skip Atom altogether. AMD currently has the new low power platform in the bag.

Maybe if Intel stopped charging a hefty premium to distributors for their Atom chipsets, they would look somewhat attractive compared to fusion.

I'm using "somewhat" a bit generously.
 
 
+10 #2 Jigar 2011-02-01 10:47
*It has began*/ Shang Tsung voice.
 
 
+9 #3 MrScary 2011-02-01 11:52
Its a fact that Fusion crushes all atom+ion platform on the planet,


http://www.anandtech.com/show/4134/the-brazos-review-amds-e350-supplants-ion-for-miniitx
 
 
+10 #4 nele 2011-02-01 12:31
I'm getting something like this in a few weeks. Just need to find a nice chassis, not much choice really, most ITX stuff is overpriced...

I'm still kinda sad I sold my old Athlon X2/690G... It was passively cooled and ran 24/7 for more than 2 years...
 
 
+4 #5 Scootiep 2011-02-01 15:03
Quoting Jigar:
*It has begUn*/ Shang Tsung voice.


There, corrected, you may proceed.
 
 
+3 #6 Psycho 2011-02-01 15:28
Quoting nele:
I'm getting something like this in a few weeks. Just need to find a nice chassis, not much choice really, most ITX stuff is overpriced.


At lot of cheaper cases (in the €40-50 range with psu) have popped up here lately.

Got this board installed yesterday. As feared that little fan can make a some noise (ie more than the old 3.5 harddrive) when it warms up - guess I need some kind of case fan after all.
Whole system (board, ram, 3.5hdd, external psu) is using 19w idle / 30w full load.
 
 
+3 #7 nele 2011-02-01 16:37
Quoting Psycho:
Quoting nele:
I'm getting something like this in a few weeks. Just need to find a nice chassis, not much choice really, most ITX stuff is overpriced.


At lot of cheaper cases (in the €40-50 range with psu) have popped up here lately.

Got this board installed yesterday. As feared that little fan can make a some noise (ie more than the old 3.5 harddrive) when it warms up - guess I need some kind of case fan after all.
Whole system (board, ram, 3.5hdd, external psu) is using 19w idle / 30w full load.


I'd go for an external PSU too... If only I could find something small with a vesa mount for my TV...
 
 
+2 #8 MrScary 2011-02-01 16:55
Quoting nele:
I'd go for an external PSU too... If only I could find something small with a vesa mount for my TV...


You should visit http://www.mini-itx.com/ for more info, im sure a mini itx from amd G series could do the same work:

http://www.amd.com/us/Documents/49282B_Embedded_Solutions_GSeries_Brief.pdf

If not, zotac zbox with e350 comes with vesa mounting:
http://itfanat.com/images3/the-worlds-first-mini-pc-with-built-in-blu-ray-drive-from-zotac-2.jpg
 

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