Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX

The APU - A Closer Look

Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX

AMD Fusion APU



So what's the deal with the Fusion APU? Well, in very few words this diagram explains it all.

Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX


As you would expect, the whole purpose of Fusion is about consolodating the number of separate system components into a single acceleration unit. It is pretty obvious that due to the overheads of each individual component, a module that amalgamates several aspects of functionality will be more efficient. But how exactly does it all come together?


Asus E35M1-M PRO Micro ATX


Simply look above. A typical desktop computer will include a processor, graphics card and a defined core logic that could either be a single chip or fragmented into a Northbridge and Southbridge. In the case of the Fusion platform there are just two components; the AMD E350 APU and the Hudson M1 Southbridge.


Before I continue, I think it would be a good idea to tabulate some information about the AMD Fusion E350 and Intel Atom D510 platforms.


ConfigurationAMD Fusion E350
+ M1 NB
Intel Atom D510
+ NM10 NB
Intel Atom D510
+ nVidia ION 2




GPU TDP / WIncluded in CPU 
Included in CPU13W


So to summarise, there are three entry level options on the market today; Atom, Atom with ION and AMD Fusion. The Atom D510 + NM10 platform is the least power hungry but truly lacks from a performance perspective, ION2 brings reasonable power to the table but at a power consumption penalty, while the E350 Fusion option looks to provide the best of both worlds.

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Most Recent Comments

03-02-2011, 06:05:58

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

03-02-2011, 07:10:40

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 helpsQuote

03-02-2011, 07:37:40

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

03-02-2011, 10:54:14

will my NHD14 fit ?Quote

03-02-2011, 12:33:59

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.


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