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MSI Intros First Mainboard with AMD's APU

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MSI has revealed the first motherboard sporting AMD's tasty new APU.

Monday MSI revealed the very first motherboard with AMD's new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) already mounted out-of-the-box, perfect for a compact, low-key home theater PC.

Labeled as the MSI E3501A-E45, the Mini-ITX board features a dual-core E350 APU clocked at 1.6 GHz, AMD's Hudson M1 FCH chipset, built-in DirectX 11-compatible Radeon HD 6310 graphics (HDMI + D-Sub out), and two DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of DDR3-1333/1066/800 MHz memory. Other highlights include an 8-channel (7.1) HD audio subsystem with S/PDIF out and 10/100/1000 Mbits/sec Ethernet.

"With HDMI support you can directly connect to your TV or Display and enjoy accelerated and enhanced HD video and 7.1 Channel audio," the company said. "For the true audiophiles the E350IA-E45 features Optical and Coaxial SPDIF connectors for connection to a great audio system."

As for peripheral interfaces, the board provides a PCI Express x16 slot @ x4 speed, four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, two USB 3.0 ports, six external USB 2.0 ports and four internal USB 2.0 ports. It also uses MSI's proprietary i-Charger technology for fast USB charging of tablets and other power-hungry mobile devices.

"To provide the best product quality, the E350IA-E45 is equipped with Japanese made All Solid CAP," the company said. "Solid CAPs have a lifetime of over 10 years under extreme high load. Solid CAPs have a low Equivalent Series Resistance (ESR) meaning they are more efficient and generate less heat, especially the characteristics you want from a small and powerful mainboard."

Currently the motherboard's cost and availability is unknown, so stay tuned.

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    bisayan , January 25, 2011 7:01 PM
    Why haven't we heard anything from TH regarding the ASUS Brazos board E35M1-M Pro??? Other sites have already had posts regarding it but nothing from TH
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2011 7:07 PM
    Be nice if this pushes consoles to start beefing up there future units. I have a feeling that maybe Xbox will use there technology as well mmmmmmm.
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    sseyler , January 25, 2011 7:09 PM
    I've been looking for a platform to use for a media PC, without having to use spare parts from my old, powerful, but power-hungry Phenom II X4. A small form factor platform and decent processor like AMD's APU seems to fit the bill - far better than any Atom solution.
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    tsnorquist , January 25, 2011 7:22 PM
    Right on @SSeyler

    I think this could finally be the small form factor unit I've been waiting on for an HTPC.
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    rhino13 , January 25, 2011 7:25 PM
    D-Sub? Is that like the pre LCD days connector?
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    saaiello , January 25, 2011 7:28 PM
    Nice board I am gonna consider this for my HTPC build I am gonna be looking at in a month or two.
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    someguynamedmatt , January 25, 2011 8:03 PM
    Haha! The Atom can suck it right now!
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    srgess , January 25, 2011 8:38 PM
    How much watt this consume ? Ive see benchmark of the Sandy 2500 using 33Watt idle and 100Watt full prime load. To be honest i rather get a a 2500 and have million time the power processing then this piece of shit.
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    BulkZerker , January 25, 2011 8:56 PM
    Gotta love the ammount of derp srgess spouts. Makes his /b/ roots very obvious.

    This mobo looks kinda cheap tbh. The cmps battery glued to the back of output
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    srgess , January 25, 2011 9:00 PM
    Unless this api mainboard sell for under 100$ , not worth it.
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    DSpider , January 25, 2011 9:00 PM
    rhino13D-Sub? Is that like the pre LCD days connector?

    D-Sub is VGA, yes. And you'd be surprised how many LCDs have it. Especially the mainstream ones.
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    ChromeTusk , January 25, 2011 9:22 PM
    DSpiderD-Sub is VGA, yes. And you'd be surprised how many LCDs have it. Especially the mainstream ones.

    So very true. I notice the D-sub VGA connection more often at mass market stores like Target, Sam's Club, Best Buy, and other direct competitors.
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    rwpritchett , January 25, 2011 9:24 PM
    Yawn...

    Still waiting for the no-fan Asus fusion board to become available(E35M1-I Deluxe). If you're going low power, you might as well go fanless.
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    cangelini , January 25, 2011 9:53 PM
    bisayanWhy haven't we heard anything from TH regarding the ASUS Brazos board E35M1-M Pro??? Other sites have already had posts regarding it but nothing from TH


    We're looking into a roundup. But for the time being, here's the first desktop motherboard review of Brazos :)  http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/asrock-e350m1-amd-brazos-zacate-apu,2840.html
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2011 10:33 PM
    It looks like OEMs are screwing AMD again(probably because Intel is paying them to). They've shipped 1 million APUs since early November, they've been sampling them to OEMs for atleast a couple months longer than that, they were launched a month ago, and I still can't find a single product containing one anywhere.
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    tacoslave , January 25, 2011 10:55 PM
    BulkZerkerGotta love the ammount of derp srgess spouts. Makes his /b/ roots very obvious.This mobo looks kinda cheap tbh. The cmps battery glued to the back of output
    Because it costs the same right?
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    alikum , January 25, 2011 11:38 PM
    srgessHow much watt this consume ? Ive see benchmark of the Sandy 2500 using 33Watt idle and 100Watt full prime load. To be honest i rather get a a 2500 and have million time the power processing then this piece of shit.

    Obviously, you're not their target customer.
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    scazbala86 , January 25, 2011 11:53 PM
    SAAIELLONice board I am gonna consider this for my HTPC build I am gonna be looking at in a month or two.

    D-sub AKA "the blue monitor cable" or VGA. And while yes it is quite a few years old, it is still the most prominent video connection. Almost all monitors still carry this connector, many televisions do as well. It is suppose to be phased out by 2016, I believe, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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    zodiacfml , January 26, 2011 12:40 AM
    you have a point there, as an all in one personal computer.
    yet, there are some with multiple computers at home.

    srgessHow much watt this consume ? Ive see benchmark of the Sandy 2500 using 33Watt idle and 100Watt full prime load. To be honest i rather get a a 2500 and have million time the power processing then this piece of shit.

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    whatisupthere , January 26, 2011 1:02 AM
    @srgess this is designed to compete with atom or a ULV cpu not sandy. I think typical total system power use is around 18W. Its good for HTPCs,thin notebooks. Sandy will cost you about five times as much, require more power, bigger power supply, bigger case....
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