Compared to ECS’ name, Foxconn’s AHD1S-K is simply cryptic. The motherboard itself, however, is a straightforward value-oriented part.
With no USB 3.0 or mini PCIe slot, no eSATA and only two SATA 3Gb/s ports, the AHD1S-K takes simplicity to extremes. This design gives us added hope for its efficiency tests, though we do question the rationale for pairing a 4-pin CPU power connector with a low-energy CPU on this non-overclocking product.
Foxconn is one of the few brands to choose purely passive cooling for AMD’s E350. We can only hope the E350’s heat output is low enough to assure the adequacy of this simplified design.
It appears that this might be a pre-retail version of the AHD1S-K, since the package lacks an I/O panel shield. Retail buyers should find one in their box, however, along with two SATA cables and a driver CD.
Unlike some of its competitors, Foxconn doesn’t cheat in benchmarks by using a nonstandard default reference clock. CPU-Z shows the AHD1S-K spot-on at 100 MHz, resulting in a 1600 MHz APU frequency.
Unfortunately, the AHD1S-K does not support DDR3-1333, either by automatic detection or manual configuration. The board is certain to take a performance hit in some of our tests, with a DDR3-1066 data rate represented as a 533 MHz memory clock in GPU-Z.
In fact, the only overclocking-oriented adjustment has nothing to do with frequency. Memory voltage can be increased up to 90 mV over default, which should help add stability to some so-called performance RAM.
- Rounding Up Brazos-Based Boards
- ASRock E350M1/USB3
- Asus E35M1-I Deluxe
- ECS HDC-I
- Foxconn AHD1S-K
- Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
- Jetway ND85-E350-LF
- Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350
- Zotac FUSION-ITX WiFi A-series
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Photos And File Compression
- Power, Heat, And Noise
- Overall Performance And Efficiency
- Value Conclusion