There were a few things that really caught my eye while I was at CES earlier this year. One of the biggest ones happened to be the AMD Brazos line of boards at the various manufacturers showings. It was the first time that I was actually able to see a mini-ITX board in person. The look and size literally blew my mind. I had always wanted to build an HTPC, but never got around to it because the Intel Atom systems lacked good GPU support. This meant I'd have to build a mini-ATX system and I didn't want a computer case cluttering up my already non existent entertainment center. If you saw my Eyefinity video, you'll know what I'm talking about.
Gigabyte has given us the green light for a preview of their up and coming Brazos line of motherboards. At the top of the list is the GA-E350N-USB3. This will feature the E350 Dual-Core CPU, which is the top of the line for the Brazos series. The E350 is clocked at 1.6Ghz and has a 18W TDP. For a GPU the GA-E350N-USB3 has a Radeon HD 6310. This Radeon has a core clock speed at 500MHz and is DirectX 11 compatible. The Hudson-M1 FCH allows for two USB 3.0 ports and four SATA3 6Gbs ports. All contained in a tiny mini-ITX form factor.
Unboxing The Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard