Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 review

Does this tiny motherboard shine like a jewel?

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While both the MSI E350N-USB3.0 and Sapphire's Pure Fusion Mini E350 use AMD's Fusion technology, the MSI board uses standard 240-DIMM DDR3 memory modules rated up to 1333MHz Sapphire's board on the other hand uses SO-DIMM modules but only it supports up to 1066MHz modules, but regardless of which type of memory is used the APU architecture only supports single channel memory.

CPU Rendering performance

Cinebench R10 – (Seconds: quicker is better)

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 - 391

MSI E350N-USB3 - 410

Cinebench R11 Index - (Index score. Higher is better)

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 - 0.61

MSI E350N-USB3 - 0.62

Video encoding

x264 v2.0 (Frames per second. Higher is better)

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 - 3.46

MSI E350N-USB3 - 3.78 

x264 v3.0 (Frames per second. Higher is better)

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 - 3.1

MSI E350N-USB3 - 3.2

Integrated graphics performance

Just Cause 2 (Average frames per second. Higher is better)

Concrete Jungle map 1280 x720 2xAA

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 - 7.34

MSI E350N-USB3 - 5.87


Power Consumption (Watts. Lower is better)

Metered at wall socket. Peak metered during run of Cinebench R11

Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 Idle - 28w / Peak - 37w

MSI E350N-USB3 Idle - 29w / Peak - 42w

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA50M
Onboard VideoOn-board Video Chipset
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Integrated Processor ManufacturerAMD
Integrated Processor TypeE-Series
Integrated Processor ModelE350
Integrated Processor Cache1 MB
Integrated Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Brand NameSapphire
Form FactorMini ITX
Maximum Memory8 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6310
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces5
Number of Total Expansion Slots2
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports1
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports4
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots2
Memory Form FactorSoDIMM
Number of eSATA Ports1
Width172.7 mm
Depth172.7 mm
ManufacturerSapphire, Inc
Product ModelIPC-E350M1
Product NamePURE Mini IPC-E350M1 Desktop Motherboard
Package TypeRetail
Product LinePURE Mini
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part Number52036-00-40G
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The SAPPHIRE Pure Fusion Mini E350 is a mini-ITX mainboard featuring the E350 (Zacate) APU from AMD. Zacate is the first generation of APU a combination of CPU and GPU computing technologies onto a single die to improve the performance of both visual and data-intensive tasks. For the first time it combines high-performance serial computing and parallel graphics processing cores on a single chip.

Despite the huge feature set, the SAPPHIRE Pure Mini E350 features very low power consumption. Its very compact mini-ITX (170 x 170mm) format is ideal for integration into small format or embedded systems. It supports Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems for a new class of performance from highly integrated systems.