Tuesday, September 6th 2011

ASUS Intros E45M1-M PRO Fusion Motherboard with AMD E-450 APU

ASUS released a new embedded micro-ATX motherboard based on AMD's Fusion "Zacate" processor platform. The new E45M1-M PRO from ASUS resembles the E35M1-M PRO, except that it's powered by the newer AMD E-450 dual-core APU. Clocked at 1.65 GHz, the E-450 combines two Bobcat architecture x86-64 cores with Radeon HD 6320 DirectX 11-compliant graphics packing 80 stream processors, and a DDR3-1333 MHz integrated memory controller. The E45M1-M PRO measures 244 x 183 mm, and makes use of all of its expansion area to provide four expansion slots: a PCI-Express 2.0 x16, a PCI-E x1, and two legacy PCI.

The board draws power from standard 24-pin ATX with 4-pin CPU power. A 3-phase VRM handles APU power, it is backed by ASUS EPU chip that works to improve energy efficiency. The APU is wired to two DDR3 DIMM slots, for single-channel DDR3 memory. A large heatsink cools both the APU and Hudson M1 chipset, optionally a fan can be attached to cool it better.

Storage connectivity includes five internal SATA 6 Gb/s ports and one eSATA 6 Gb/s. Display connectivity includes one each of HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub. Other connectivity includes 6-channel HD audio with 7.1 channel optical SPDIF output, two USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet, Firewire, and a number of USB 2.0 ports. The board is driven by UEFI firmware, including ASUS' EZ-Mode GUI setup program.
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17 Comments on ASUS Intros E45M1-M PRO Fusion Motherboard with AMD E-450 APU

#1
breakfromyou
Okay, so it has USB 3.0, SATA 6.0gbps and is a whole 50 MHz quicker?
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#2
btarunr
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by: breakfromyou
Okay, so it has USB 3.0, SATA 6.0gbps and is a whole 50 MHz quicker?
The GPU features TurboCore. 508 MHz typical max GPU clock, which can increase to 600 MHz. That's something E-350 doesn't have.
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#3
zomg
E-450 support DDR3-1333, which more interesting than E-350 with DDR3-1066

but I don't see a point of any atx board with only 2 dimm slots
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#4
Andrei23
by: btarunr
The GPU features TurboCore. 508 MHz typical max GPU clock, which can increase to 600 MHz. That's something E-350 doesn't have.
But the E-450 is still bad for gaming. I thought their purpose was for 1080p playback which the E-350 was more than capable of doing. So why would anyone need the E-450?
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#5
shrivan
by: zomg
E-450 support DDR3-1333, which more interesting than E-350 with DDR3-1066

but I don't see a point of any atx board with only 2 dimm slots
Well I do see the point... It the Zacate has only Single-Channel RAM capabilities, in essence it would not even need a second RAM slot except for the purpose of adding more RAM (but, as you surely know, performance wise it does not contribute). ATX, mATX --> Who cares? (except those paying attention to size i.e. form factor and even those might complain about e.g. S0-DIMMs instead of "normal" sized modules on an ITX board)
The intended target and the peculiarities of the platform (in this case the mentioned Zacate and its intended by design characteristics) are what is important.
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#6
shrivan
by: Andrei23
But the E-450 is still bad for gaming. I thought their purpose was for 1080p playback which the E-350 was more than capable of doing. So why would anyone need the E-450?
If one wants e.g. HDMI 1.4a features (and/or the DDR-1333 support) the E-450 i.e. Zacate refresh is the way to go.

See e.g. http://www.anandtech.com/show/4660/amd-updates-brazos-with-e450-e300-and-c60-apus

They have a nice table/figure that shows what is what. Google for more, if needed.
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#7
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
I'm not a fan of these things. Not ATX models anyway. Gief me ITX dagnnabbit!
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#8
wiak
No DisplayPort? :eek:
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#9
Kantastic
FML, these are going to start appearing in 11.6" portables and I'm going to have a heck of a time explaining to my sister why she's due for an upgrade from her 6-day old X120e.

Back on topic though, I really don't understand what Asus is thinking. A full-sized ATX board for an E-450?
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#10
shrivan
by: Kantastic
FML, these are going to start appearing in 11.6" portables and I'm going to have a heck of a time explaining to my sister why she's due for an upgrade from her 6-day old X120e.

Back on topic though, I really don't understand what Asus is thinking. A full-sized ATX board for an E-450?
Guys, where did this "ATX" idea come from? Look at the pictures -> that is a mATX board.
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#11
Kantastic
by: shrivan
Guys, where did this "ATX" idea come from? Look at the pictures -> that is a mATX board.
Whoops, I was busy reading comments and not looking at pictures. You're right, it's mATX.

THIS IS BRILLIANT!
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#12
TheLaughingMan
by: Kantastic
FML, these are going to start appearing in 11.6" portables and I'm going to have a heck of a time explaining to my sister why she's due for an upgrade from her 6-day old X120e.

Back on topic though, I really don't understand what Asus is thinking. A full-sized ATX board for an E-450?
Its micro-ATX not full sized.
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#13
bostonbuddy
"micro" atx is still pretty huge M-ITX ftw
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: bostonbuddy
"micro" atx is still pretty huge M-ITX ftw
Exactly. It's a waste on anything xATX imo.
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#16
Jizzler
This kicks the E-350 square in the jimmy.
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#17
Jstn7477
Damnit, I just bought my GA-E350N-USB3 not even 2 weeks ago. Oh well, at least it was practically the only ITX board to have overclocking options and a 6.66x memory multiplier, so I can have DDR3-1333 without overclocking.
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