Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

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Netbooks have made their mark on the computer industry. Many people doubted that computers with such little power and capability would be useful. Little did they know, there is a giant market of casual, light computing users out there. Look at how well the iPad is doing. Even phones are starting to take over the general computing in people's lives. You can watch movies, check your email, and even do light gaming on many of the smart phones on the market today. Not everyone needs a top of the line system with tons of power.

 

This is where AMD's Brazos line is looking to wedge into. Intel had already made a mark with the Atom lineup, but Intel's solution had a small problem. Because of the low power CPU, they didn't introduce enough GPU power to cater to the high definition and casual gaming segment of the market. Brazos' technology is going to fill that missing piece. AMD has integrated a more powerful Radeon with their Bobcat CPU architecture.

 

The Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 is Gigabyte's first attempt at the Brazos platform. The GA-E350N-USB3 is on the upper tier of the Brazos line, featuring the E350 processor. This CPU is dual core clocked at 1.6Ghz and has 1MB L2 cache. Paired on the same die is a Radeon HD 6310. This GPU is clocked at 500MHz and has 80 stream processors. On the board we get all of the usual Gigabyte features as well. There's the 2x copper PCB to reduce electrical waste and improve signal quality. Installed are 50,000hr. Japanese solid state capacitors. Gigabyte includes their 3/3/3 technology, which means USB 3.0, SATA3, and 3x powered USB ports. The extra power to the USB ports allows greater stability, compatibility, and the auto charge feature.

 

 

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