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Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350 review

Does this tiny motherboard shine like a jewel?

Our Verdict

Although its early days for AMD's latest technology, it works well and is ideal for very small form factors, something that Sapphire has proved quite nicely with the Pure Fusion Mini E350.

For

  • Small form factor
  • 
 SATA 6Gb/s
  • 
USB 3.0

Against

  • SO-DIMM support

Sapphire has got its shrink-ray online again with this tiny AMD Fusion board, the Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini E350.

AMD's long-awaited, and even longer talked-about, Fusion technology has finally seen the light of day with a few motherboard manufacturers offering boards built around it.

Fusion is the world's first APU (Accelerated Processor Unit); a combination of a dual core processor, Northbridge controller and a DX11 supporting graphics processor all built into the same piece of silicon and is AMD's belated riposte to Intel's dual core version of the Atom.


The compact nature of the technology has enabled the board producers to have another go at trying to persuade people that the tiny (17cm square) ITX format is a serious proposition, but unfortunately that's a road that the past 10 years has seen a number of companies disappear down.

Long-time AMD partner Sapphire currently has two boards based on the Fusion technology, the Pure White Fusion E350 (IPC-E350M1W) and the subject of our review, the Pure Fusion Mini E350 (IPC-E350M1), the differences between the two are the type of memory supported.

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
BluetoothYes
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces5
Number of Total Expansion Slots2
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
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 Addresshttp://www.sapphiretech.com/en/
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.