Asus E35M1-M Pro review

The first AMD Fusion APU hits the test bench with a rough landing

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When we first heard AMD was doing a low power Atom killer with an out-of-order CPU core architecture, we were seriously excited. The power of Atom's processor cores has always been disappointing and much of the finger pointing has involved its relatively simple in-order architecture.

Turns out, the in-order versus out-of-order distinction may not be so crucial after all.

Despite sporting a pair of out-of-order cores, for instance, AMD's new E-350 Fusion APU can only just crack three frames per second in the x264 HD video encoding test. That's a fairly feeble result that makes it only slightly quicker than an Intel Atom chip and much, much slower than even AMD's cheapest dual-core chip based on a full-power processor like the Athlon II X2.

A cheap multi-core processor like an AMD Athlon II X4 absolutely blows the E-350 away.

In really heavy duty tests of CPU performance such as Cinebench R10, things hardly look any better. The AMD E-350 takes over seven minutes to complete the task.

Even the cheapest dual-core Athlon processor will be three or four times faster.

Despite 80 stream processors, the E-350 isn't much of a gaming chip, either. That's as much to do with the weakness of the CPU cores as it is with the Radeon HD 6310 graphics core. But this little Fusion chip does have something to offer.

Where it really delivers and Intel's Atom fails is the internet experience and particularly Flash video.

Admittedly, the E-350 requires software support – you'll need to make sure you have the right version of Flash installed to enable hardware accleration. Even then, you'll probably find acceleration support isn't always absolutely flawless.

But it's infinitely better than no acceleration, which is what you get with a standard Atom platform.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelFCH A50
Onboard VideoOn-board Video Chipset
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Integrated Processor ManufacturerAMD
Integrated Processor TypeZacate
Integrated Processor ModelE350
Integrated Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorMicro ATX
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory8 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Number of PCI Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6310
Graphics Controller Memory1 GB
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces5
QuickPath Interconnect2.50 GT/s
Number of Total Expansion Slots4
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports4
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
Total Number of Onboard FireWire/i.LINK Ports1
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots2
Processor TechnologyCool'n'Quiet Technology
Width243.8 mm
Depth182.9 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelE35M1-M PRO
Product NameE35M1-M PRO Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberE35M1-M PRO
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

This motherboard supports Integrated AMD Zacate E350 Dual-Core (TDP:18W) Processors. This revolutionary APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) combines processing power and advanced DirectX 11 graphics in one small, energy-efficient design to enable accelerated performance and an industry-leading visual experience. It features single-channel DDR3 1066 memory support and accelerates data transfer rate up to 2.5GT/s.