AMD’s first Fusion motherboards are now due to hit the European market and the first sighting of this little beast comes in the form of an Asus ITX board.
The board in question is the Asus E35M1-I Deluxe A50M based on AMD’s new Fusion E-350 processor which is packed with a 1.6ghz dual core processor with an integrated HD 6310 graphic processor with a very reasonable TDP of 18W. This maybe a little more than Intel’s Atom processors but Fusion is set to kick Atom out the water with superior performance. Even with this extra TDP Asus has still managed to passively cool the chip with a decent sized aluminium heatsink.
The board offers two DDR3 slots, a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, DVI and HDMI outputs, two USB 3.0 ports as well as four regular and four internal USB 2.0 ports. It also has an eSATA port, five SATA 6Gbps ports, WiFi and even Bluetooth. It even comes with an all solid capacitor design. The slight drawback is the approximate €150 price tag. This comes in at a much higher price point than regular Atom boards or even Nvidia’s ION boards but as mentioned these are meant to be no match for the Fusion platform. Availability is still unknown so only time will tell and expect to see a lot more of Fusion hopefully at a lower price point to really ignite those old days where AMD was good competition for Intel