|CPU Integrated||AMD E-350 APU 1.6GHz Dual-Core|
|Onboard Video||AMD Radeon HD 6310|
|Memory Size||Up to 8GB|
|Memory Slots||2x 204-pin SO-DIMM|
|Memory Type||DDR3 1066|
|Dimensions||6.7in x 6.7in x 170mm|
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
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.