Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX

Introduction

Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX

Introduction

 

For nearly 3 years, Intel have been the undisputed champion of the entry level laptop/desktop market. With the release of a sub 20W CPU, built from the ground up with simplicity in mind, the chip giant successfully opened the realm of low cost ultra mobile devices. Moreover, millions of low income households globally have been given the opportunity to enter the digital world. “Fantastic” is what you might be thinking. Absolutely, the theory of low cost computing has proven to be very beneficial, but what about the technology itself? Let me explain.

 

To emphasise my point, I have switched off my Core i3 desktop and began to write this review on my Samsung NC10 (Single Core Atom) netbook. During its 26 month life, it has taken a brutal amount of abuse and at £300, I couldn't complain. It sits in my bag as light as a feather and with the right usage it will operate for as long as 8 hours. Sadly the problems begin when I explain what that usage is...

 

The netbook is most ideal for word processing, checking email and other trivial tasks such as music playback and general organisation. Then things start to get a little pear shaped when you access your web browser. The fact of the matter is that the internet is not a non-intensive environment anymore. Perhaps the fault of poorly developed software *cough* Flash *cough*, the poor little Atom is quickly brought to its knees. Visiting a retailer site such as www.aria.co.uk suddenly makes scrolling a slideshow, while video websites such as Youtube.com should not even be discussed – it simply doesn't bode well with Mr Atom. Now some of you might say that a Dual Core Atom would perform significantly better. We agree, however our testing with the Zotac NM10-DTX tells us that it is still pretty rubbish anyway.

 

Many may also think that I'm too quick to forget the initial outlay of these computers, but frankly I think it is irrelevant. There is absolutely no way that it is excusable for any computer to struggle with 2011's iteration of the internet.

 

Thankfully nVidia came to the rescue with their ION & ION 2 graphics technology. By incorporating a GPU derived from the GeForce 9400M series, team green were able to breathe life into the struggling Atom platform. This has been excellent for net-tops but not so great for the netbook. As the current generation Atom D410/510 processor must be paired with the NM10 chipset, the ION2 module must be implemented as a separate chip and not a replacement. To make matters worse, the GPU would require a further 13W over the existing configuration. The endgame? A system that is easier to live with but also more costly on a netbook battery.

 

Many moons later, we are pleased to say that AMD have returned with an all new architecture to take on the almighty Atom platform. Formally known as the Fusion processor family, the underdog have developed Single and Dual Core embedded processors. Today we will be looking at one of the first Fusion motherboards to enter the fray; ladies and gentlemen the Asus E35M1-M PRO.


Here's a brief overview of its specifications.

 

Motherboard ModelAsus E35M1-M PRO Motherboard
Form FactormATX
Processor Support

AMD E350 1.60GHz Dual Core Processor
(Embedded)                               

ChipsetAMD Hudson M1
Overclocking
Support
Yes
Memory2 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB 1333/1066 DDR3
Expansion Slots

1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 bandwidth) 
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1
2 x PCI

Multi-GPU SupportNo
Onboard VideoCPU Embedded HD 6310
StorageM1 
5 x SATA 6.0Gb/s
1 x eSATA 6.0Gb/s
LANGigabit LAN
AudioRealtek ALC892 7.1
USB12 x USB 2.0 (4 x Back, 8 x Internal)
2 x USB 3.0 REAR
Firewire2 x 1394 (1 x back, 1 x internal)
Video I/ODVI, HDMI, VGA

 

Not too shabby! Aside the APU itself, you are provided with 2 DDR3 slots, PCI-Express 16x (@4x), 5 internal SATA 6Gb/sec, USB 3.0, Gigabit LAN and 7.1 channel sound. Pretty loaded for a basic solution.

 

Before we can start looking at the Asus E35M1, we will first need to examine the AMD Fusion architecture.

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Most Recent Comments

03-02-2011, 05:15:10

tinytomlogan
Today we test one of the first motherboards to sport the AMD Fusion APU

Continue Reading

03-02-2011, 06:05:58

Zeals
AMD Fusion seems like the perfect choice for a HTPC, a few questions, is this capable of 3D? Also does it upscale well?

03-02-2011, 07:10:40

Mul.
Hi Zeals,

As the new HD 6310 GPU supports UVD 3.0, this means that DivX decoding is now included (on top of the existing MPEG2/H.264) and also Blu-Ray 3D support. However neither Asus or AMD have clearly stated that the HD 6310 will decode 3D well. I suppose this will become more clear as time goes on however my initial impressions are that a HTPC for higher end functionality such as 3D support or anything else that may command some more CPU horse power is probably better off with a conventional CPU and dedicated GPU.

I hope that helps

03-02-2011, 07:37:40

Zeals
Thnx for the fast reply Mul, really appreciate it.

03-02-2011, 10:54:14

wotevajjjj
will my NHD14 fit ?

03-02-2011, 12:33:59

SadButTrue
Quote:
Originally Posted by wotevajjjj View Post

will my NHD14 fit ?
Go for it bro!

Pros: you'll have the coolest running 18W CPU on the block. WooHoo! Bragging rights.

Cons: You'll probably need to work on the mount - I don't see the usual AM3 hardware on that board. And do you figure £150 or more on a full-tower case to accommodate the Noctua is about right for a rig like this? An HAF-X or a Lanboy Air would be quite stylish.

03-02-2011, 13:39:46

oneseraph
So here is an interesting little tidbit. The mini ITX version is on it's way. You can check it out here.

http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=9BmKhMwWCwqyl1lz&templete=2

Looks like it includes WiFi plus blue-tooth 3.0. Anyway, just look at the specs on this little monster. The feature set is extremely impressive for a Mini ITX board. I think this would make a sweet little pc that you could mount to the back of a monitor for a clutter and noise free desk. Definitely good for email, web browsing, word, netflix and watching movies.

04-02-2011, 05:22:27

silenthill
I think I’ll pass and just buy a notebook with power consumption of 15W and that’s with the screen on

04-02-2011, 05:27:26

Zeals
Well an ideal HTPC board will be mITX and have enough power for 3D playback, and a decent amount of DVD upscaling.

So as Mul suggested probably wait for a more powerful AMD Fusion APU, and than bolt on a nice HTPC soundcard and PROFITS!

11-02-2011, 17:18:41

anikhtos
ANyone to comment that when you add the discrete card aand run the test to see how much it will bottleneck did you check the cpu score from 954 to 2020??

it doubled. so my question is using a discrete vga does indeed improves cpu perfomanse?? so a few more test with winzip and other cpu programs to see if with a discrete vga they will improve. if they improve then it will be interesting :-)

12-02-2011, 05:05:26

Zeals
Quote:
Originally Posted by anikhtos View Post

ANyone to comment that when you add the discrete card aand run the test to see how much it will bottleneck did you check the cpu score from 954 to 2020??

it doubled. so my question is using a discrete vga does indeed improves cpu perfomanse?? so a few more test with winzip and other cpu programs to see if with a discrete vga they will improve. if they improve then it will be interesting :-)
Well it's an APU, so the same chip is handling both graphics and cpu, so if you put a graphics card in the APU can just focus on the CPU stuff.

But for a normal CPU, unless you a running nVidia with Physx I doubt it.

14-02-2011, 05:25:23

Rastalovich
Looking at the fan on the cooler - can the ASUS logo part of the cooler come off ? Seems to me it deflects most of the fans work.

Loving these little options myself.

14-02-2011, 08:05:21

Zeals
I would prefer getting the MSI APU board. mITX perfect for smaller HTPC cases, and the fan doesn't look as out of place.

15-02-2011, 13:24:12

Mul.
Quote:
Originally Posted by anikhtos View Post

ANyone to comment that when you add the discrete card aand run the test to see how much it will bottleneck did you check the cpu score from 954 to 2020??

it doubled. so my question is using a discrete vga does indeed improves cpu perfomanse?? so a few more test with winzip and other cpu programs to see if with a discrete vga they will improve. if they improve then it will be interesting :-)
Hi Anikhtos,

There was an error with this graph; CPU score should read 1954, not 954. This has now been edited, apologies if this has caused any confusion.

12-04-2011, 07:04:59

plonk420
well, the MicroATX works best for me, tho i'd prefer the E35M1-M (non PRO) for price reasons. either way, i've ordered this so i can use my PCI (mid-range) audiophile sound card. also, backup slots in case the onboard NIC dies (which i've actually encountered).

12-04-2011, 07:15:56

plonk420
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeals View Post

AMD Fusion seems like the perfect choice for a HTPC, a few questions, is this capable of 3D? Also does it upscale well?
meh @ directx scaling (including Bicubic). i'll have to see if it'll do 720p -> 1080p Spline/Sinc scaling well in ffdshow, tho i'm not really expecting it :S

04-06-2011, 19:08:15

Jayzon
I am loving that the new technology for HTPC users like myself, as I am looking into this E35M1-M Pro board to build a low power HTPC. The only reason I would take this over the E35M1-M mini ATX board is that I need 2 PCIE slots for my Happauge Win Tv tuner cards, unless someone could tell me a great way of getting dual NTSC signals into one card ?

Another question would the new form factor have any complications in fitting into a standard ATX case?

Thanks

05-06-2011, 04:04:18

Grizzly
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jayzon View Post

I am loving that the new technology for HTPC users like myself, as I am looking into this E35M1-M Pro board to build a low power HTPC. The only reason I would take this over the E35M1-M mini ATX board is that I need 2 PCIE slots for my Happauge Win Tv tuner cards, unless someone could tell me a great way of getting dual NTSC signals into one card ?

Another question would the new form factor have any complications in fitting into a standard ATX case?

Thanks
Most ATX cases will have the mounting holes for mATX as well, It'd be strange really if it didn't as they use some of the ATX mounting holes.

31-10-2011, 07:32:34

sigfreund
I built my HTPC around the E35M1-M Pro and have been very happy so far. I also have a HDHomerun for the tuner and it is awesome. Provides dual tuners to every computer on your network,It works great.

http://www.silicondust.com/products/hdhomerun/dvbt/
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