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AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Preview



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The rivalry between Intel and AMD was as fierce as ever at CES 2011. While Sandy Bridge continued Intel’s domination of the performance desktop segment (AMD’s Bulldozer doesn’t arrive till later in the year), AMD upped the pressure in the mobile and low power markets. Intel’s Atom has had some fairly weak competition from VIA and AMD since its launch in 2008. Hands up anyone who owns an AMD Nile powered netbook. Okay you two at the back, you can put your hands down!

AMD hopes to challenge the Atom’s position in 2011 with Fusion. A combined CPU and GPU, dubbed “APU” by AMD, which offers dual core processing, HD video capability and low power consumption. Combined with the Hudson chipset, Fusion offers DDR3, SATA3 6Gbps, USB3 and PCI-E. The total power consumption for APU and chipset is around 20w. Here at eTeknix we can’t wait to see AMD’s tiny APU in netbooks, notebooks, nettops, HTPCs and all-in-one PCs.

However, we are enthusiasts and like to spec and build our own systems. AMD Fusion is ideal for low power applications like HTPCs and NAS systems. Software like Myth, XBMC, Boxee and Windows Media Centre can playback media from your local network or from the Internet to your TV. Building a NAS and using UnRaid, FreeNAS or Windows Home Server allow you to share media over a network and if configured correctly can offer data protection via RAID and automatic backups.

Mini-ITX is a popular form factor for both NAS and HTPC applications and manufacturers have been quick to design mini-ITX products featuring AMD’s Bobcat APU and Hudson chipset.

Here we round up 6 mini-ITX boards.


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  • aruffell

    Fantastic article mate, really gives a lot of information on the new stuff coming out 🙂

  • esetech

    <span style="font-family: Verdana;">Great article on these new ITX motherboards. I've been an AMD user since 1996 and all the PCs and Servers I supply to my customers are base on the AMD Athlon, Phenom and the Opteron CPUs.[FONT=Verdana]I have two projects that these boards will fit into nicely especially the ASUS board with the passive Heat SinkDo you have an idea if any of the manufactures will be offering these for sale in the US and if so any idea of a time frame?</span>[/FONT]

  • aruffell

    esetech;15141 wrote: <span style="font-family: Verdana;">Great article on these new ITX motherboards. I've been an AMD user since 1996 and all the PCs and Servers I supply to my customers are base on the AMD Athlon, Phenom and the Opteron CPUs.[FONT=Verdana]I have two projects that these boards will fit into nicely especially the ASUS board with the passive Heat SinkDo you have an idea if any of the manufactures will be offering these for sale in the US and if so any idea of a time frame?</span>[/FONT]

    Yes they will be available in the US and we are actually expecting the Asus version in the next few days so watch out for the review 🙂 Timeframe is any moment now really.

  • drprimo

    Nice roundup!The specs for the Gigabyte board on the site lists 4 SATA ports though? Is the 5 a typo?Also, any US$ pricing? Most interested in that Asus board…

  • aruffell

    drprimo;15148 wrote: Nice roundup!The specs for the Gigabyte board on the site lists 4 SATA ports though? Is the 5 a typo?Also, any US$ pricing? Most interested in that Asus board…

    I'm sure Adam will come along to clarify, but we've got the Asus board on its way to us as we speak 🙂