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GIGABYTE Announce AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Today GIGABYTE have announced their first AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard – the GA-E350N-USB3.

Both Tim and I will be attending the GIGABYTE press conference here at CES, so expect some more news from them, and us soon.

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CPU
  1. Built in with an AMD E-350 Dual-Core processor
  2. Built in with an AMD Radeon HD 6310 (DirectX 11) graphics core
Chipset
  1. AMD Hudson-M1 FCH
Memory
  1. 2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory
  2. * Due to Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than
    4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed
    will be less than 4 GB.

  3. Single channel memory architecture
  4. Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066 MHz memory modules
Onboard Graphics Integrated in the APU:

  1. 1 x D-Sub port
  2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
  3. * The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connector by adapter.

  4. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
Audio
  1. Realtek ALC892 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for Dolby Home Theater
  5. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. 1 x Realtek 8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4
    (The PCIEX4 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
Storage Interface FCH:

  1. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s devices

* SATA3 2x performance are maximum theoretical values. Actual performance may vary by system
configuration.

USB FCH:

  1. Up to 8 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 4 via the USB brackets
    connected to the internal USB headers)

Renasas D720200 chip:

  1. Up to 2 USB 3.0 ports on the back panel

* USB 3.0 10x performance is a maximum theoretical value. Actual performance may vary by system
configuration.

Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  4. 1 x CPU fan header
  5. 1 x system fan header
  6. 1 x front panel header
  7. 1 x front panel audio header
  8. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  9. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  10. 1 x debug card header
  11. * This port is mainly used by repair technicians for debugging and problem diagnosis.

  12. 1 x chassis instrusion header
  13. 1 x power LED header
  14. 1 x clearing CMOS jumper
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port
  2. 1 x D-Sub port
  3. 1 x DVI-D port
  4. 1 x HDMI port
  5. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  6. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  7. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  8. 1 x RJ-45 port
  9. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side
    Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)
I/O Controller
  1. ITE IT8720 chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System temperature detection
  3. CPU/System fan speed detection
BIOS
  1. 2 x 16 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AWARD BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b
Unique Features
  1. Support for @BIOS
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue
  4. Support for Download Center
  5. Support for Xpress Install
  6. Support for Xpress Recovery2
  7. Support for EasyTune
  8. * Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.

  9. Support for Smart Recovery
  10. Support for Auto Green
  11. Support for On/Off Charge
  12. Support for Q-Share
Bundle Software
  1. Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
Operating System
  1. Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP
Form Factor
  1. Mini-ITX; 17.0cm x 17.0cm

Here is the press release from Gigabyte:

City of Industry, California, January 3 2011 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards and other computing hardware solutions today proudly announced its first ever Mini-ITX form factor motherboard for the AMD platform called the GA-E350N-USB3. The new addition to GIGABYTE’s small form factor HTPC motherboard range features AMD Fusion™ Technology with DirectX® 11, SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.0), SATA 6Gbps, an HDMI interface, as well as a host of unique high-end GIGABYTE features such as Ultra Durable™ 3 Classic, 3x USB Power and On/Off Charge for quick charging iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

“We’re excited about the GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard because it’s the first all-in-one Mini-ITX board with DX11 capabilities, and we expect it to go a long way towards bridging the gap between discrete and integrated graphics performance,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE Technology Co. Ltd. “With its specially designed low profile fansink and multitude of hi-def, high-speed connectors, we expect this little power house to be popular amongst HTPC system integrators, DIY enthusiasts and case modders.”

Powered by the AMD E-350 Dual-Core Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics, the GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard provides exceptional Blu-ray high definition content playback unmatched by previous integrated graphics solutions. Accompanying the hi-def video out is hi-def 7.1 surround sound audio with S/PDIF out support – another valuable living room PC feature. For connecting and charging portable devices, the GA-E350N-USB3 offers GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology for quick and convenient charging iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch devices, GIGABYTE 3x USB Power Boost and USB 3.0 from an onboard Renasas (NEC®) controller, ensuring users are able to take advantage the next wave of SuperSpeed USB storage devices.

With regards to build quality, the GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard has been designed to withstand the rigors of an always on device in terms of both energy efficiency and temperature: the GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 3 Classic design utilizes 2x the amount of copper of a traditional motherboard PCB, allowing the GA-E350N-USB3 to provide better power efficiency and lower operating temperatures than other designs. Additionally, the GA-E350N-USB3 is equipped with ultra durable all solid Japanese capacitors and GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ technology, which provides a back-up BIOS chip in case the main BIOS becomes corrupted or damaged.

More information about the GIGABYTE GA- E350N-USB3 motherboard is available from:

http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3681#ov

USB 3.0 Support

The GIGABYTE GA- E350N -USB3 motherboard supports the latest generation SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology made possible through an onboard Renasas (NEC®) uPD720200 host controller. With superfast transfer rates of up to 5 Gbps, users are able to experience an almost a 10x improvement over USB 2.0. Additionally, backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 assures users of long term use of their legacy USB 2.0 devices. The onboard Renasas (NEC®) SuperSpeed USB 3.0 technology also provides new power management features that include increased maximum bus power and device current draw to better accommodate power-hungry devices.

3x USB Power Boost

The GIGABYTE GA- E350N-USB3 motherboard features a 3x USB power boost, delivering greater compatibility and extra power for USB devices. GIGABYTE’s unique USB power design is also able to efficiently regulate output over the full voltage range, which greatly enhances USB device compatibility. In addition, dedicated lower resistance fuses ensure lower voltage drops, and provide more stable and plentiful power delivery.

On/Off Charge Support

GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology enables faster iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch charging. A derivative of GIGABYTE’s highly acclaimed 3x USB Power feature, On/Off Charge technology allows iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices to draw more current from GIGABYTE motherboard USB ports than standard USB ports allow, with the added benefit that the PC can be on, in standby mode or even off.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edneyhttps://moviesgamesandtechcom.wpcomstaging.com
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Could Tim or you please ask if Gigabyte has any plans for a mITX motherboard with a high-SATA port count and a reasonable price in mind? 🙂

    I ask because I rarely see more than four SATA ports on mITX boards, the 1156 Zotacs being a notable exception. But I'd love to get a mITX with ten SATA ports and a Fusion processor to be a solid, expandable home server.

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