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Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 review

A teeny-tiny, and fully-featured motherboard, but still a little weedy

Our Verdict

Only makes sense as the basis of a compact, power efficient but pricey home cinema rig

For

  • Strong feature set
  • Compact proportions

Against

  • Poor CPU performance
  • Pretty pricey

We were initially disappointed with AMD's new Fusion CPU, the E-350. Despite that, its low-power CPU-GPU chip, otherwise known as Zacate, does have something to offer in certain small form factor and portable computing niches. Enter, therefore, the new Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard.

Given the performance limitations of the E-350, we reckon smaller is better when it comes to system size.

In other words, what you want is a Mini-ITX motherboard. Ideally, however, you want one that makes as few compromises as possible in return for compact proportions.

What you want, says Gigabyte, is the GA-E350N-USB3.

For starters, you get a PCI Express 16-lane slot for full-power graphics action. Then there are four on-board ports. Not as many as a typical full ATX board, perhaps, but enough to meet the storage needs of most end users.

Gigabyte has also thrown in a pair of USB ports for good measure, and provided a full set of BIOS overclocking options.

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 ModelE350
Integrated Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorMini ITX
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory8 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6310
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces4
Number of Total Expansion Slots1
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports4
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots1
Width170 mm
Depth170 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelGA-E350N-USB3
Product NameUltra Durable 3 GA-E350N-USB3 Desktop Motherboard
Product LineUltra Durable 3
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberGA-E350N-USB3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design, featuring 2 ounces of copper for both the Power and Ground layers which dramatically lowers system temperature by delivering a more efficient spreading of heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU power zone throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2oz Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 GA-E350N-USB3 Desktop Motherboard
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 2 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield