MSI E350IA-E45 - AMD APU Fusion review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 03/20/2011 02:00 PM [ 0 comment(s) ]
The Brazos Platform
So the low power platform we are looking at today was formerly codenamed "Brazos".
All Brazos motherboards are within the same price range and power envelopes as Atom/Ion solutions. They are available in several APU variations: E-Series and C-Series, which fall within the Fusion family of APUs.
- Liano = AMD A Series APUs
- Zacate = AMD E Series APUs (18W)
- Ontario = AMD C Series APUs (9W)
On the the desktop side within the Zacate and Ontario segment, these are released:
Zacate (18W max):
- AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics (dual-core CPU @ 1.6GHz & GPU @ 500MHz)
- AMD E-240 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics (single-core CPU @ 1.5GHz & GPU @ 500MHz)
Ontario (9W max)
- AMD C-50 with AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics (dual-core CPU @ 1.0GHz & GPU @ 280MHz)
- AMD C-30 with AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics (single-core CPU @ 1.2GHz & GPU @ 280MHz)
The Processing capability
These APU "processors" feature the new x86 CPU core codenamed "Bobcat" AMD's first new x86 core since 2003 I think. It was designed from the ground up to deliver an enhanced mobile level performance. A processor tagged at a TDP of merely 18 Watts. Have a look below at the APU die.
To the left the Zacate APU - To the right an overlay describing the die segments check out the size needed for the GPU.
The APU we test today has two x86 CPU cores, the chip also supports full X86-64 extensions and sports a 64-bit FPU as well. Each CPU core has 32kb L1 and 512kb L2 cache per core and comes with a single channel memory controller that supports up-to 1066 MHz (but unofficially also 1333 MHz) DDR3 memory. Again note that the specified max memory speed AMD officially supports for Brazos is 1066MHz.
|Tech/Package||FT1 BGA, 413-Ball, 19x19mm, .8mm pitch|
|Processor Core||Bobcat (2 cores), 512KB L2/Core, 64-bit FPUs|
|Memory||DDR3, 800-1066, 1.35V/1.5V (Single Channel, 2 DIMMs)|
|Graphics Core||DX11 capable, UVD3 enabled|
|Displays||-Digital Display I/F DP0: Display Port, HDMI, DVI, LVDS|
-Digital Display I/F DP1: Display Port, HDMI, DVI
-VGA from integrated VGA DAC
-Core Level: CC6 Power State
-Package Level: PC6 Power State
-L2 Cache power gating
Today we test a product with the E-350, an APU that is empowering the motherboard, it is a dual-core processor SKU running at a clock frequency of 1.6 GHz
We peek at the cutest mITX motherboard from MSI today, have a look at some of its performance on the CPU and GPU side of things but most of all, we'll discuss features as what these products bring to the table is just downright impressive for the money as you'll notice DDR3 support, SATA-600 support, HDMI support, gigabit Ethernet, 8-channel audio support and then the integrated dual-core processor at 1600 MHz and in that processor embedded DX11 ready graphics core.