AMD’s leading systems partner Sapphire Technology today unveiled its first mainboard designed for the newly released Fusion APUs. The Pure White Fusion E350M1W mainboard is a mini-ITX mainboard and has been created in close collaboration with AMD.
The mainboard features AMD’s latest E350 – Zacate APU with the Hudson-M1 (A50M) chip from AMD as its companion. The combination allows the E350M1W mainboard to deliver full DX 11 capability to three display outputs, any two of which can be used simultaneously. The board also has sufficient space for up to 4GB of DDR3 system memory. The five 6Gb/s SATA III ports provide connectivity for HDDs and optical drives, while the rear panel accommodates an additional eSATA 3Gb/s connector for connecting external disk drives.
I/O connectivity is available through eight USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.0 ports, while Gigabit Ethernet connectivity has been provided using a Marvell 88E8057 Gigabit controller. The Atheros AR3011 all-CMOS, single chip solution provide Bluetooth support. The mainboard also boasts of 8-channel high-definition audio with optical S/PDIF output.
The board can also be easily expanded using the two slots – a PCI-Express and a Mini PCI-Express provided. The PCI-Express slot is a 2.0 x16 one that facilitates expansion with a VGA card, while the Mini PCI-Express 2.0 x1 connector is a general purpose slot.
While the board is fully loaded in terms of features, Sapphire has managed to keep the Pure White Fusion E3501W at a very low power profile. This plus the mini-ITX form factor allow make the E3501W a great board for small format and embedded systems.
Enthusiasts no doubt will be looking forward to get their hands on the board, but Sapphire has not been generous with details of either the release date or the pricing.
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