Monday, 21 February 2011 13:53

ASRock E350M1 Brazos Review - E350M1 board

Written by Eliot Kucharik

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Review: Intel Atom is dead




The ASRock E350M1 board

It's an ITX form factor with 17cm on each side with just one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot which of course is only connected with four lanes. The first thing I noticed that this is one of the very few non-solid capactiors designs in the retail market. While it's quite obvious that OEMs will save a cent or two by using cheaper components, it does not make much sense in the retail market, if the price of such board will go up 50 cents more or not, at least for tech savvy customers it wouldn't matter. The APU is covered by a small cooler with an awefully noisy 4900rpm 4cm fan. Interestingly the board features the 24pin power-connector, which could be considerer overkill. Most legacy connectors are gone, but there is still a useless serial connector on the board. The FCH does support six SATA ports, but ASRock only uses five. In the right corner there is empty space for a USB 3.0 chip, so expect this board also with USB 3.0 support after all.

ASRock E350M1 front



The backpanel is ASRock standard with a useless PS/2 port and more than useless VGA connector. Sorry folks, it just doesn't make sense to convert a digital signal into an analog which is then converted back to digital inside the monitor except you are the rare one still using a Cathode Ray Tube. There would be also be space enough to fit two more USB 2.0 ports.

 

ASRock E350M1 backpanel


 

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+8 #1 East17 2011-02-21 14:34
Atom is dead!

Thanks for the good news Eliot. :) Now let's put it into an unnamed grave... so that no intel marketing voodoo would bring it back.
 
 
+25 #2 guideX 2011-02-21 15:15
Does anyone understand this review? It begins by saying Atom (CPU) is DEAD, criticizes AsRock (OEM), complains you can't game on a 18W card, CONFUSING CONFUSING graphs which made no sense, claims that the Atom D525 could not be reviewed, Subsequently uses Atom D525 in a benchmark and ends with saying E350 is crap?

The hell

oh and im really serious about your graphs, nobody understands them.
 
 
-19 #3 East17 2011-02-21 15:23
Good review! Got my vote! Thanks!
 
 
-1 #4 123s 2011-02-21 15:34
I liked the review too. Just why testing FC2 on high and not mid/low, to make it somehow playable ?
 
 
+18 #5 bunker 2011-02-21 15:40
i dont get it. AMD did just OK..
have you not looked at the "cost per percentage"-graph.

Brazos offers between 30-20% more performance per dollar! how is that "just OK"


i mean seriously brazos is a sexy piece of silicon. its faster CPU-side, faster GPU-side, better compatibility, lower power consumption, lower price than atom (even with ion)


YOU MAKE THE DAMN GRAPHs YOURSELF, READ THEM. THEN MAKE CONCLUSIONS, dont just discart the graphs.

and troo find a better way to plot your figures it takes ages to see which color is which bar. and then still its unreadable
 
 
+8 #6 Psycho 2011-02-21 15:50
My miniitx box with this board, an old (7w idle) 3.5" harddrive and with a 75w external brick-psu consumes 20w idle and 30w load. (and peaks at 45w at startup because of hd spin up..). So the bad power figures here are really due to that big PSU, and far from comparable to the boxed ion system.

And btw, regarding the "useless" vga connector - my tv can only accept it's native 1366x768 by the vga input, so glad it's there..
 
 
+8 #7 TechHog 2011-02-21 16:17
Quoting guideX:
Does anyone understand this review? It begins by saying Atom (CPU) is DEAD, criticizes AsRock (OEM), complains you can't game on a 18W card, CONFUSING CONFUSING graphs which made no sense, claims that the Atom D525 could not be reviewed, Subsequently uses Atom D525 in a benchmark and ends with saying E350 is crap?

The hell

oh and im really serious about your graphs, nobody understands them.

And on top of all that, they used XP for the testing. This isn't 2006. Windows 7 runs fine on low-end hardware, and most systems using this board will use Windows 7. I'm probably overreacting, but I just have a hard time taking a tech review seriously when Windows XP is used in 2011.
 
 
+13 #8 MrScary 2011-02-21 16:25
This review is gonna be nominated to the razzies of the worst tecnical press review ever made :D, is super laughtable, a joke.

Like said guidex, is a total nonsense.

If you want to know the truth just go to anadtech or legitreviews, the made the best review about AMD Fusion, and is clearly a winner.

AMD FTW.
 
 
-4 #9 TechHog 2011-02-21 16:31
Quoting MrScary:
This review is gonna be nominated to the razzies of the worst tecnical press review ever made :D, is super laughtable, a joke.

Like said guidex, is a total nonsense.

If you want to know the truth just go to anadtech or legitreviews, the made the best review about AMD Fusion, and is clearly a winner.

AMD FTW.

MrScary said something we can agree with.

This is a bad sign.
 
 
-7 #10 Regenweald 2011-02-21 16:52
Atom is only dead if AMD can get products to market. They seem to be struggling with that currently. You can't beat a product if you don't have inventory to fill its place.
 

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