Gigabyte Announces E350N Mini-ITX Motherboard
Gigabyte has released a fairly interesting little motherboard
Gigabyte's new GA-E350N Win8 motherboard is a small mini-ITX motherboard and as the name suggests, it is based on AMD's E350 APU paired with an A45 chipset.
The motherboard is fully compatible with Windows 8 and Gigabyte has used AMI EUFI BIOS which enables Windows 8 to use Fast Boot and significantly decrease the system's boot time. Like most affordable E350 based mini-ITX boards, this board has an actively cooled heatsink for the APU and a passive heatsink for the chipset.
The E350 contains two cores clocked at 1.6 GHz and the board supports up to 16 GB of DDR3 memory. The GA-E350N also has four SATA2 ports, four rear USB 2.0 ports and two headers for another four USB 2.0 ports, stereo analogue audio, VGA output, HDMI, Gigabit LAN and the standard PS/2 connectors.
Here it gets interesting though, as Gigabyte has opted not to include a PCIE x16 expansion slot in favor of a legacy PCI slot. Further legacy items are the Serial and printer port on the board's rear I/O.
As seen on most other E350 boards, the GA-E350N is expected to sell for under $100.