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GIGABYTE E350N-USB3 Fusion Benched, Overclocked and Examined - The Motherboard - Continued

We get our first taste of Fusion from AMD. How's it look? What can we do with the new platform? And has it got a future?

By: | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 7, 2011 5:18 am
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

The Motherboard - Continued


Moving around again, we've got ourselves a CMOS battery and the ATX 12v power connector, and unlike a lot of boards we test these days, this is only a 4-Pin one and not the typical 8-Pin one we're used to seeing on higher end boards.




In the middle of the board we've got a heatsink and a tiny little fan that brings fears of a squealing noise due to its small size. Fortunately, it's not like that, but we'll cover the noise in more detail when we get to our benchmarks.




Under the heatsink sits two chips; the APU and the FCH. The APU takes care of the memory, has what we know best as the "CPU" built into it and carries the "GPU". Outside of that the APU, which in this case is "Zacate", or better known as the "E Series", also handles the monitor connectivity and memory support; in this case single channel DDR3.


Stepping down another level, we're dealing with the E350. That means we've got a 1600MHz Dual Core "CPU" which is known as "Bobcat" and a HD 6310 that's UVD3 capable and carries 80 Radeon Cores; memory support is up to 1GB, but this is pulled from your own systems RAM.


The FCH which is known as "Hudson" takes care of the PCI-E lane, USB 2.0 and 1.1, SATA III, HD Audio and Hardware Monitoring. AMD best describe it in an image that's in the reviewers guide, which you can see below. APU = CPU + GPU integrated on a single die. Fusion Controller Hub or what is known as Hudson covers peripherals. It's kind of Fusion Client Architecture in a nutshell.




I could literally go on for hours about the technical side of things, and what you could possibly do with it. We won't go into that kind of detail here today, though.




Of course, we can't move on without seeing what's on offer in terms of connectivity. We've got six USB ports; four are 2.0 and two are 3.0 . We've also got a mouse / keyboard PS/2 port, 10 / 100 / 1000 network port (via Realtek 8111E chip) and for audio we've got both Analogue and Digital (via Realtek ALC892) on offer.


Connectivity for video is offered in the form of a VGA port, Single-Link DVI-D port that supports up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz along with a single HDMI port.


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