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Zotac Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard (Fusion-B-U)

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Specifications:

Model Fusion350-B-U
Form Factor Mini-ITX
Chipset AMD M1
CPU Integrated AMD E-350 APU 1.6GHz Dual-Core
Onboard Video AMD Radeon HD 6310
Onboard Audio
  • 1 HD Audio Port (6 channel)
  • 1 Digital Optical S/PDIF output
Onboard LAN
  • Ethernet: 10/100/1000Mbps
  • Wireless: 802.11n (300Mb/s)
Memory Size Up to 8GB
Memory Slots 2x 204-pin SO-DIMM
Memory Type DDR3 1066
SATA
  • 1x eSATA 3.0GB/s
  • 4x SATA 6.0GB/s
DVI 1
HDMI 1
DisplayPort 1
USB Ports
  • 4x USB 3.0 (2x on back panel, 2x via internal header)
  • 6x USB 2.0 (4x on back panel, 2x via internal header)
PCI
  • 1x Mini-PCI Express (occupies by WiFi Card)
  • 1x PCI Express x4 (open end)
Included Accessories
  • 3x SATA Cables
  • 1x DVI-to-VGA Adapter
  • 1x I/O Back Plate
  • 2x WiFi Antennas
  • 1x MOLEX-to-SATA power adapter
  • 1x 90-watt power brick
Dimensions 6.7in x 6.7in x 170mm
Warranty
  • 1-Year Standard Warranty
  • 2-Year Extended Warranty

Overall these specs look solid: Dual core APU @ 1.6GHz and a Radeon 6310 should have no problems with general computing tasks and HD Video playback.  6 Channel video means this board supports 5.1 Surround right out of the box; an added plus if you’re putting this in a HTPC.  Wireless N and Gigabit Ethernet for the best connectivity and speeds.  SATA III and USB 3.0 is an added bonus for connectivity.  While the RAM speeds are a little slow (1066) is it more than capable of handling daily computing tasks and HD Video.

A Closer Look

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Taking a closer look at this APU Fusion we see the large 2 copper pipe heatsink taking up seemingly most of the board.  We also see our 2x SO-DIMM slots and our Wifi Card (an AzureWave AR5B95).  The thing that makes this board special is the lack of a 24-pin ATX connector and a 4-pin MOLEX plug replacing it.  This board runs off of an external power brick instead of the classic PSU.  This brings a couple things into play: 1.) less flexibility with power ports because you’re forced to use the included MOLEX to 4x SATA plugs leaving anything MOLEX out of the question.  2.) This might bring a less chance of failed hardware (Bricks generally last longer than PSU).  I’m not sure how I feel about this because any mini-itx case that I can find either comes with a small form factor PSU or a port for one.  So you’re either forced to take it out and have a large gaping hole in the back of the case or have it sit there and be useless.  I understand the “all-in-one” solution but I think they’re going a bit overboard with the idea.

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  1. Looks good i’ve been waiting so long for this kind of class of mobo

    • I couldn’t agree more. The DIY possibilities are endless here: NAS, Home Theatre box, Storage server, Simple firewall. Truely is a fun setup to work with

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