titleWhen it comes to putting together a small functional PC for your parents or an HTPC for your living room there is a lot more to take into account than normal. In these situations noise, power usage, video performance, and cost also need to be considered. That’s what AMD had in mind when introducing their E350 with AMD Fusion Technology earlier this year. There are multiple manufactures that make and sell versions of this motherboard, but many of them don’t have Gigabytes features. Today we are going to take a closer look at the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 and hopefully show that it is capable of doing quite a lot.

Product Name: Gigabyte E350N-USB3

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Review by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

Specifications

CPU

Built in with an AMD E-350 Dual-Core processor

Built in with an AMD Radeon HD 6310 (DirectX 11) graphics core

Chipset

AMD A50

Memory

2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 8 GB of system memory

* 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.

Single channel memory architecture

Support for DDR3 1333(OC)/1066 MHz memory modules

Onboard Graphics

Integrated in the APU:

1 x D-Sub port

1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200

* The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connector by adapter.

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200

Audio

Realtek ALC892 codec

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for Dolby Home Theater

Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

1 x Realtek 8111E chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4
(The PCIEX4 slot conforms to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

Storage Interface

FCH:

-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:

-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:

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 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x CPU fan header

1 x system fan header

1 x front panel header

1 x front panel audio header

1 x S/PDIF Out header

2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers

1 x debug card header

* This port is mainly used by repair technicians for debugging and problem diagnosis.

1 x chassis intrusion header

1 x power LED header

1 x clearing CMOS jumper

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse port

1 x D-Sub port

1 x DVI-D port

1 x HDMI port

1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector

4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports

1 x RJ-45 port

6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out/Rear Speaker Out/Side Speaker Out/Line In/Line Out/Microphone)

I/O Controller

ITE IT8720 chip

H/W Monitoring

System voltage detection

CPU/System temperature detection

CPU/System fan speed detection

BIOS

2 x 16 Mbit flash

Use of licensed AWARD BIOS

Support for DualBIOS™

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.4, ACPI 1.0b

Unique Features

Support for @BIOS

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Xpress BIOS Rescue

Support for Download Center

Support for Xpress Install

Support for Xpress Recovery2

Support for EasyTune

* Available functions in EasyTune may differ by motherboard model.

Support for Smart Recovery

Support for Auto Green

Support for On/Off Charge

Support for Q-Share

Bundle Software

Norton Internet Security (OEM version)

Operating System

Support for Microsoft Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

Form Factor

Mini-ITX; 17.0cm x 17.0cm

Packaging

It’s obvious right away that this isn’t your standard motherboard when you see the packaging for the E350N. Gigabyte struggled to fit all of their normal information on the front of the box due to its size. You will find all of the needed information with the USB 3.0, USB power 3x, and SATA 3 in big logos on the front. Around back they have graphs showing what each of those three features can do for you along with a few other descriptions of the E350N’s features.

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Inside when you open the box up you are greeted first by the manual. It’s almost comical because the manual is nearly the same size of the motherboard. Next you will find the Mini ITX motherboard in a static protective bag. Under the motherboard you can find all of the other included accessories including two SATA cables, your driver disc, and rear I/O panel.

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Posted: 3 years 2 weeks ago by garfi3ld #20841
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