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Monday, 21 February 2011 13:53

ASRock E350M1 Brazos Review - Brazos Platform

Written by Eliot Kucharik

E350M1_board_front_small fusion 

Review: Intel Atom is dead



Brazos Platform

After taking over ATI there was long talk about "fusing" CPU + GPU on one dice in a monolithic stucture. While Intel used a CPU dice and GPU die and put them into the same package, the AMD approach was more ambitious. A GPU is normaly used to run at high temperatures while CPUs are much more temperature sensitive, combining both is a tricky operation. Now the first product which is now called APU have emerged. While the single core solutions C-30 and E-240 seems a bit 1980's to us, the Zacate APU Dual-Core are more appealing. Truth be told, only the E-350 seems to be a valid option, because the C-50 two cores clocked at 1GHz only impress in tablets or smartphones. (Update: Sorry, there was a bit confusion about the CPU-names.)

The E-350 consits of two CPU cores which are clocked at 1.6GHz, with 32kB L1 Instruction and 32kB L1 Data cache and 512MB L2 cache per Core. In addition you find a derivative of the Radeon HD 5450 inside the APU called Radeon HD6310 with 80 shaders clocked at 500MHz and the UVD3 video decoding engine from the 6-series. Of course the APU features a memory controller but it's limited to two slots and single channel. Besides that, there is a PCIe 2.0 Express hub for four lanes. The whole APU is rated with 18W TDP.

AMD E-350


It should not have been so much trouble to integrate the Southbridge into this chip too, but we have to stick with it. Its called Fusion Controller Hub (FCH). It provides all the goodies we need, such as six 6Gbps SATA ports, 14 USB 2.0 ports, two USB 1.1 ports (whoever needs them), four additional PCIe 1.0 lanes. There are other variations which would also include two USB 3.0 ports and Gb LAN MAC, and RAID support but nobody uses them yet. This little piece of silicion adds up another 5W TDP, so the whole platform has a TDP of 23W. In contrast Intel's Atom D525 which clocks at 1.86GHz uses up 13W and the NM10 chipset another 10.6W, quite on par with AMD.

AMD FCH M1

 

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+8 #1 East17 2011-02-21 14:34
Atom is dead!

Thanks for the good news Eliot. :) Now let's put it into an unnamed grave... so that no intel marketing voodoo would bring it back.
 
 
+25 #2 guideX 2011-02-21 15:15
Does anyone understand this review? It begins by saying Atom (CPU) is DEAD, criticizes AsRock (OEM), complains you can't game on a 18W card, CONFUSING CONFUSING graphs which made no sense, claims that the Atom D525 could not be reviewed, Subsequently uses Atom D525 in a benchmark and ends with saying E350 is crap?

The hell

oh and im really serious about your graphs, nobody understands them.
 
 
-19 #3 East17 2011-02-21 15:23
Good review! Got my vote! Thanks!
 
 
-1 #4 123s 2011-02-21 15:34
I liked the review too. Just why testing FC2 on high and not mid/low, to make it somehow playable ?
 
 
+18 #5 bunker 2011-02-21 15:40
i dont get it. AMD did just OK..
have you not looked at the "cost per percentage"-graph.

Brazos offers between 30-20% more performance per dollar! how is that "just OK"


i mean seriously brazos is a sexy piece of silicon. its faster CPU-side, faster GPU-side, better compatibility, lower power consumption, lower price than atom (even with ion)


YOU MAKE THE DAMN GRAPHs YOURSELF, READ THEM. THEN MAKE CONCLUSIONS, dont just discart the graphs.

and troo find a better way to plot your figures it takes ages to see which color is which bar. and then still its unreadable
 
 
+8 #6 Psycho 2011-02-21 15:50
My miniitx box with this board, an old (7w idle) 3.5" harddrive and with a 75w external brick-psu consumes 20w idle and 30w load. (and peaks at 45w at startup because of hd spin up..). So the bad power figures here are really due to that big PSU, and far from comparable to the boxed ion system.

And btw, regarding the "useless" vga connector - my tv can only accept it's native 1366x768 by the vga input, so glad it's there..
 
 
+8 #7 TechHog 2011-02-21 16:17
Quoting guideX:
Does anyone understand this review? It begins by saying Atom (CPU) is DEAD, criticizes AsRock (OEM), complains you can't game on a 18W card, CONFUSING CONFUSING graphs which made no sense, claims that the Atom D525 could not be reviewed, Subsequently uses Atom D525 in a benchmark and ends with saying E350 is crap?

The hell

oh and im really serious about your graphs, nobody understands them.

And on top of all that, they used XP for the testing. This isn't 2006. Windows 7 runs fine on low-end hardware, and most systems using this board will use Windows 7. I'm probably overreacting, but I just have a hard time taking a tech review seriously when Windows XP is used in 2011.
 
 
+13 #8 MrScary 2011-02-21 16:25
This review is gonna be nominated to the razzies of the worst tecnical press review ever made :D, is super laughtable, a joke.

Like said guidex, is a total nonsense.

If you want to know the truth just go to anadtech or legitreviews, the made the best review about AMD Fusion, and is clearly a winner.

AMD FTW.
 
 
-4 #9 TechHog 2011-02-21 16:31
Quoting MrScary:
This review is gonna be nominated to the razzies of the worst tecnical press review ever made :D, is super laughtable, a joke.

Like said guidex, is a total nonsense.

If you want to know the truth just go to anadtech or legitreviews, the made the best review about AMD Fusion, and is clearly a winner.

AMD FTW.

MrScary said something we can agree with.

This is a bad sign.
 
 
-7 #10 Regenweald 2011-02-21 16:52
Atom is only dead if AMD can get products to market. They seem to be struggling with that currently. You can't beat a product if you don't have inventory to fill its place.
 

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