Sapphire to launch first AMD Fusion mini-ITX motherboard

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Old 15-Jan-2011
Sapphire to launch first AMD Fusion mini-ITX motherboard

Anyone wishing to build a small nettop computer using a mini-ITX motherboard has only really had one solution for the past couple of years: Intel Atom.
There’s an abundance of Atom-based mini-ITX solutions. You can have an all-Intel solution carrying on-board graphics. Then there’s the Nvidia ION chipset coupling an Atom with significantly better graphics performance at the expense of power use and heat.
Now a new option is on the horizon with the launch of AMD’s Fusion APU. The APU combines graphics and core processing on to a single chip, which in turn makes it ideal for mini-ITX boards. One of the first manufacturers to realize this is Sapphire who is better known for producing ATI graphics cards.

The Sapphire Pure White Fusion E350M1W will use the E350 (Zacate) APU which combines a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU with a Radeon HD 6310 GPU. For memory there’s two DDR3 slots allowing for up to 4GB of 800/1066 modules.
Here’s the full spec of the board:
  • AMD Dual-Core Processor E350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
  • AMD™ Hudson-M1 (A50M)
  • AMI BIOS, 16Mb Flash ROM
  • SO-DIMM DDR3 800/1066 Single Channel modules
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics
  • 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots
  • 1 x MINI PCI-E x1 slots
  • 5 x Serial ATA III 6Gb/s connectors
  • Realtek ALC892 HD Audio CODEC with 8-Channel
  • Marvell 88E8057 PCI-Express Gigabit LAN
  • 4 x USB 2.0 port
  • 2 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x VGA(D-Sub) port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x Audio I / O ports
  • 1 x SPDIF Optical Out
  • 1 x Supporting Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR by Atheros AR3011
  • 1 x e-SATA port
  • 1 x Single Link DVI

Sapphire has yet to announce pricing and availability, both of which are listed as being available “shortly”

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