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Friday, 18 February 2011 13:08

Fusion boards in short supply

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Impossible to get in most markets
Several weeks after AMD’s Fusion launch it is next to impossible to get any motherboards in many European markets.

In fact, our price search engine is currently listing five ITX boards based on the E-350 APU, none of which are available in Germany, Austria, Great Britain or Poland. Americans aren’t much better off, either. However, Newegg at least has Gigabyte’s GA-350N in stock and the asking price is $149.

Interestingly a few retailers in Austria, Germany and Britain have an Asus mATX board in stock. The somewhat larger form factor does have its benefits, as the board packs two PCI slots, one PCIe 2.0 x1 and one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot (electrically x4). There’s also plenty of room for a passive heatsink, which is not the case with most ITX Fusion boards.

Back in early January were said that Zacate boards would be in short supply and sadly we were right. Many OES are opting for the new platform and it seems there’s simply not enough chips left for retail. Bear in mind that AMD shipped more than a million Fusion parts in December, but few if any ended up in retail. Many vendors have not even officially launched their Fusion boards yet, as they probably couldn’t deliver sufficient volumes.

Things aren’t much better in the mobile market, either. Acer is shipping a 15.6-incher, while Toshiba is selling a 10-inch netbook based on AMD’s new platform. Only a handful of retailers actually have them in stock.

We must admit that we have a soft spot for AMD’s new platform. It’s power innovative, power-efficient, cheap and quite a bit more appealing than anything Intel has to offer at the moment. Also, we’ve been waiting for AMD’s Fusion for about five years. Supply should pick up in a matter of weeks and judging by the overwhelmingly positive response to the new platform it can’t come a day too soon.

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+90 #1 East17 2011-02-18 13:47
Die Atom, die and be forgotten!

Atom is one of the huge hoaxes Intel pretreated in the PC market. A huge pile of money for a decade old performance. And yet there were enough dumb buyers to fall into Intel's trap.

AMD's Fusion will put things right.

Let's see what Llano has to bring on to the table.
 
 
+48 #2 agent_47 2011-02-18 14:09
Quoting East17:
Die Atom, die and be forgotten!

Atom is one of the huge hoaxes Intel pretreated in the PC market. A huge pile of money for a decade old performance. And yet there were enough dumb buyers to fall into Intel's trap.

AMD's Fusion will put things right.

Let's see what Llano has to bring on to the table.


decade???? atom cant even keep up with P3 800Ghz....thats thats 1998-9 :P

nonetheless, amd's ones arent that good. it offer way more performance for the silicon used, true, but the CPU performance is just over atom....only thing good about amd is the GPU. but thats enough to get me to by one :P
 
 
+17 #3 thalis20 2011-02-18 14:13
From greek market, the same phenomenon. only asrock e350m1 is availlable and there are only a few. Price 102e !
 
 
+27 #4 yourma2000 2011-02-18 14:14
I don't really think there is anything wrong with the Atom chip in basic usage, it made low power netbooks possible but the fact that it was overpriced for it's size and the provided graphic performance has put me off buying a netbook for the last couple of years, That's why I love the AMD fusion chips as opposed to the Atom, because it's on par in power consumption, runs cooler and has the same CPU performance with a lower clock speed yet providing smooth HD 1080p content with it's graphics sector and video decoder, especially in a time when internet browsers are starting to take on GPU hardware rendering to speed up performance, not to mention it's a cheaper option.
 
 
+35 #5 The_Countess 2011-02-18 15:15
Quoting agent_47:
nonetheless, amd's ones arent that good. it offer way more performance for the silicon used, true, but the CPU performance is just over atom....only thing good about amd is the GPU. but thats enough to get me to by one :P


actually the CPU's performance can be almost twice as high as atom's.
in fact its very very close to the performance of intel's much more expensive ULVC's.
 
 
+12 #6 mamisano 2011-02-18 15:18
NewEgg actually lists 3 boards 2 of which are in stock:

GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 for $149 (in stock)
Asus E35M1-M PRO for $139 (oos)
ASRock E350M1 for $109 (in stock)

NewEgg's listing system is all messed up though. They don't have all these boards properly listed under their chipset or cpu categories.
 
 
-89 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-02-18 16:08
Another sign of serious problems with this company. They can't even get $h!t to market after 5 frickin years!!! :D
 
 
+21 #8 WyoFrank 2011-02-18 16:55
Apple's bought them all for the new 11" MacBook Air :D
 
 
+20 #9 yourma2000 2011-02-18 17:45
Quoting WyoFrank:
Apple's bought them all for the new 11" MacBook Air :D



I bet Apple will even charge more than the Intel models
 
 
+8 #10 Sodomy 2011-02-18 17:55
Quote:
one PCI 2.0 x1 and one PCI 2.0 x16 slot (electrically x4)


sure you don't mean PCI-e there peter?
 

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