ASUS has just released a new Micro-ATX sized Fusion motherboard to market of which they look to have put a solid amount of effort into. Based on the Fusion "Zacate" processor platform, the new E45M1-M PRO is in most ways similar to another in their existing Fusion line-up, the E35M1-M PRO, but this one's brains are that of the newer, faster E-450 dual-core APU.
The E-450 runs at a clock speed of 1.65GHz using two Bobcat architecture x86-64 cores with Radeon HD 6320 DX11 graphics (80 stream processors), and DDR3-1333MHz memory controller. The board itself runs measurements of 244 x 183 mm and gives a single PCI-E x16 slot, a PCI-E x1 slot and two legacy PCI slots for expansion possibilities.
ASUS has decked it with a 3-phase VRM and an EPU chip to help improve on energy efficiency. A couple DDR3 DIMM slots reside on the board and give a single channel config. The most eye catching feature is the large passive heatsink setup that manages to cover both the APU and Hudson M1 chipset. If you feel it's necessary, there is also the option of attaching a fan to it to help lower temps further.
Rounding out the rest of the specs, it gives storage connectivity in the form of five internal SATA 6Gb/s ports along with an eSATA 6Gb/s port, 1x HDMI / 1x DVI / 1X D-Sub for display connectivity options, 6-channel HD audio w/ optical S/PDIF out, a couple USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit ethernet, Firewire and an array of USB 2.0 ports. ASUS rounds it all off with their lovely UEFI BIOS and include their ASUS' EZ-Mode GUI setup program.
No official word on pricing or when it'll reach stores just yet.
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