Thursday, December 9th 2010

Gigabyte AMD Fusion ''Brazos'' Mini-ITX Motherboard Pictured

The first motherboard that brings the AMD Fusion "Brazos" platform to nettops was pictured, the GA-E350V-USB3, which is a mini-ITX motherboard that makes use of AMD Fusion E-350 accelerated processing unit (APU), and Hudson M1 chipset. AMD is targeting the nettop and HTPC markets with such motherboards, also as competitors to Atom and new Pentium Dual-Core (LGA1156/LGA1155) desktops. The GA-E350V-USB3 makes use of Gigabyte's Ultra Durable 3 construction that makes use of a PCB with 2x copper layers, solid-state capacitors, low RDS (on) MOSFETs, and ferrite core chokes.

The board uses a 3+2 phase power design. The Fusion E-350, like the Intel Atom, is hard-wired to the board, and cooled by a small fan-heatsink. It connects to two DDR3 DIMM slots for single-channel DDR3-1800+ MHz memory. The lone expansion slot is a PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x8). The Fusion APU packs two x86-64 cores clocked at 1.60 GHz, and an AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor that features 80 stream processors, and clock speed of 500 MHz. Connectivity include four SATA 3 Gb/s ports, 8-channel HD audio, two USB 3.0 ports, display connectivity includes DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI. Pricing and availability are not known, as AMD didn't officially launch the platform.

Source: Xbit Labs
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22 Comments on Gigabyte AMD Fusion ''Brazos'' Mini-ITX Motherboard Pictured

#1
blu3flannel
This would be absolutely fantastic for a HTPC, everything is so small and compact. This might be a good investment...
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#2
Kantastic
I want this on a netbook, like, NOW.
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#3
baliku
want it

this will be my perfect netbox.
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#4
TheLaughingMan
Not bad. I was a little upset with the Single Channeled memory slots, but an HTPC would not need much speed to record video and playback at the same time.

I think this is going to be very interesting. Even if Bulldozer doesn't take the high end processing crown, AMD seems positioned to have a major take over in the Low power and low profile market.

Cut it down to 800 Mhz processor cores, 24 Stream processors and around say 1W idle and 10W maximum. Then stick this in a cell phone.
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#6
csendesmark
I want a 8 sata port version :)
and with bigger heatsink, but this is a great product!
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#7
Imsochobo
by: TheLaughingMan
Not bad. I was a little upset with the Single Channeled memory slots, but an HTPC would not need much speed to record video and playback at the same time.

I think this is going to be very interesting. Even if Bulldozer doesn't take the high end processing crown, AMD seems positioned to have a major take over in the Low power and low profile market.

Cut it down to 800 Mhz processor cores, 24 Stream processors and around say 1W idle and 10W maximum. Then stick this in a cell phone.
May i remind you, bulldozer gets 30gb/sec+ over 1800mhz ddr3.
expect 9 gb/sec over this, far better than intel core 2 platform, memory is no problem.

10W maximum is too much for a cellphone. it would not work at all. it would require twice as big battery.
change idle usage to maximum usage then we're somewhere.

X86 will never be able to compete with arm in mobile department, end of story, stop dreaming about it folks.
Not going to happen!
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#8
Imsochobo
by: csendesmark
I want a 8 sata port version :)
and with bigger heatsink, but this is a great product!
I was thinking about fusion for NAS.
2ghz, microatx, more ports.
then we're starting to get some serious low power nas's.
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#9
csendesmark
by: Imsochobo
I was thinking about fusion for NAS.
2ghz, microatx, more ports.
then we're starting to get some serious low power nas's.
Same here ^^
I using a Zotac Atom-Ion mini ITX board with 4 sata ports :)

And I am waiting for the new AMD fusion itx products, to build more robust samba server
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#10
Cuzza
don't really see the point of pci-e x16 on this board. but hell it doesn't do any harm.

and +1 to csendesmark, bigger hsf is required; I hate those buzzy little fans.
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#11
Atom_Anti
I hope some notebooks will also offer overclocking option to Zacate:pimp:. E-350 has to share memory bandwidth between the two Bobcat cores and the 80 SPs. So I mean, fast DDR3 really could impove it's performance:respect:
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#13
H82LUZ73
by: btarunr
and an AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor that features 80 stream processors,
I wonder if this is what the new bulldozer 990gx chip-set will have.
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#15
wahdangun
wow, bring it on ASAP Amd, this is my dream netbook,
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#16
TheLaughingMan
by: Imsochobo
May i remind you, bulldozer gets 30gb/sec+ over 1800mhz ddr3.
expect 9 gb/sec over this, far better than intel core 2 platform, memory is no problem.

10W maximum is too much for a cellphone. it would not work at all. it would require twice as big battery.
change idle usage to maximum usage then we're somewhere.

X86 will never be able to compete with arm in mobile department, end of story, stop dreaming about it folks.
Not going to happen!
You are correct. There needs to be a decimal place or two moved in that. I still think it will be done with the Fusion APU system in the near future.

They are targeting UMPC's and handheld devices, (like the Nintendo 3DS and Sony PSP) so I don't think a RISC chip is too far off. Mario Rivas (AMD's Executive VP) stated he would like to explore a simplified Bobcat chip with a power consumption down to 250 mW. If he pushes the idea and they can get some R&D on it, I don't think it would be hard.

Its already the size of a dime. If 80 SPU's and 2 cores at 1.6 Ghz can stay in the 1W to 10W range, I see no reason it cannot be done. Considering the amount of stuff that can be removed just because it would be an embedded chip, and limitations of what it would be expected to do can get it into the right power envelope.
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#17
Sihastru
by: Cuzza
don't really see the point of pci-e x16 on this board. but hell it doesn't do any harm.

and +1 to csendesmark, bigger hsf is required; I hate those buzzy little fans.
It looks like PCIe 16x, but it's only wired for PCIe 8x. The board needs at least two more SATA ports and a fanless cooling solution.
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#18
crazyeyesreaper
Chief Broken Rig
dosent matter if its x8 or not get one of those raid controllers that use PCIE and theres your extra sata and hdd bandwidth and what not :toast: that or just to be a prick slot in one of those OCZ drives that use the PCIE bus to get 1000/mb s read write speeds for some ridiculous lower power extreme performance for ..... web browsing lol
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#19
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, I just read about this in Maximum PC. Power sipping and the graphics are pretty awesome.
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#20
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Volkszorn88
Does it come with a puppy?
No, it eats them.
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#21
meran
come on i need new asus net book with some firepower
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#22
suraswami
Finally the 'CURE' to 'Atomophobia'.
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