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ASUS AM1I-A AM1 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

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  • DDR3 1600/1333/1066
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Christopher M.
  • 1/22/2015 6:46:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAn OK board with some drawbacks

Pros: *Relatively inexpensive
*ASUS quality
*Good, but not great, for an HTPC build.

Cons: *NO front panel USB 3.0 support (!)
*4 pin power requirement on the board
*"Required" 300W power supply

Other Thoughts: I purchased this board in order to build an inexpensive HTPC for streaming video and audio from my NAS. It does the job but there are some oddities:

* Why is there no front panel USB 3.0 support? There are pinouts for 2.0 but every modern mITX case I looked at to put this board in had USB 3.0 ports on the front.

*What's with the 300W "requirement"? Nobody, or extremely few people, buys an mITX board to build a gaming system out of, they're almost always used for low power draw scenarios like cheap terminals or HTPC applications. Even incredibly liberal power supply calculators are going to show that you need between 160W-200W and that's with populating all the DIMM slots and running two 7200RPM full sized hard drives at full speed 100% of the time.

*4 pin power connector. For an AM1 socket? Really? Completely unnecessary for such a low power application.

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  • Yaasir K.
  • 12/3/2014 7:27:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty decent ITX motherboard

Pros: Overall a good quality product. Used it to build an HTPC.

* has built in HDMI port. Essential for an HTPC.
* legacy PS2 ports. Can now recycle that old mouse/keyboard you had which still works perfectly.
* layout worked perfectly with the case I bought for it with no wires crossing over the motherboard.

Cons: * does not have a full PCIE 16x slot. Then again, you may never need it.

Other Thoughts: It's not the cheapest AM1 mini ITX mobo available but not the most expensive either. Got a fair deal during the black friday time frame.

Rated to need 300W PSU. works fine with 250. I have it set up using a athlon APU rated at 25W and it hardly draws over 30W when playing 1080p videos.

It is odd that that it needs an extra 4pin ATX power connector but luckily most flex PSUs found in the miniITX casings are also designed to power microATX motherboards which usually need that extra 4 pins.

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  • Harry M.
  • 11/14/2014 12:09:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHarry

Pros: Inexpensive, Quality build.

Cons: Won’t do jumbo packets, legacy ports, No DC power input such as the ASROCK AM1H-ITX board.

Other Thoughts: Was very disappointed that this motherboard could not do jumbo packets over my home network. My other 3 computers talk to my server via jumbo packets but when I set this board to do the same it crashed my server. Maybe this is a problem with the Ethernet driver but I was running the latest version. I replaced this motherboard and AMD processor with an Intel i3 and ASUS motherboard and jumbo packets work fine now.

Could not update the BIOS thru the UEFI interface. However the same file could be used thru ASUS software running in Windows.

I don’t know why an old style parallel printer port, PS/2 ports, COM port need to be on today's computers.

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  • Ronald S.
  • 10/24/2014 4:28:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRequirements are real

Pros: This board is exactly what I needed for a low end small form factor build.

Cons: Really not any . . . if one knows the supply system?

Other Thoughts: A previous reviewer had stated that a small 300W PS doesn't exist and I can factually say that he/she needs to find an Antec MT-352 that actually fits the small form factor requirements and really does have 350W maximum output!

That person also stated that his case doesn't have the required 4 Pin power Plug for PCI power. Really . . . my case doesn't either, but I decided to check my power supply cables and lo n behold that connector does exist.

Based on the existing documentation, my small form factor PSU, has all the required wattage and connectors.

Case (literal and figurative) CLOSED!

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/22/2014 10:18:07 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Does the job, has a lot of legacy ports, which are nice to have, and the full range of display connectors. It also has solid capacitors. Being the new AM1 platform, the motherboard doesn't really need to do very much, as most of the functionality has been moved into the socketed SoC.

Cons: I dropped an egg because of the poor documentation and support, and another because of the motherboard layout.

Whoever wrote the manual seems out of touch with the Mini-ITX form factor. The manual claims that you need at least a 300W power supply to run this motherboard. Sorry, what? If the person at Asus who wrote that had bothered to do 20 minutes of research into their own product, and the Mini-ITX form factor, they'd know that this is like the queen of France telling the citizens to eat cake. This is a low-power form factor designed to fit a compact case for which 300W PSUs simply aren't available. At any rate, 300W would be massive overkill and defeats the purpose of buying this motherboard. Making that claim in the manual is basically claiming that this motherboard isn't suitable for its own form factor.

The manual also gives you a long URL of the Asus wattage calculator, so you can determine the exact number of watts your system will need. Guess what? Their own website doesn't even have this motherboard type on the list. It seems like Asus has world-leading engineers but their marketing and support people are 5 years behind. The manual also states that you should install 'a Windows OS' as though that were the only option available. That by itself suggests that their documentation writers haven't been keeping in touch with the industry.

Another issue is that this motherboard requires an additional 4-pin ATX power connector to power the CPU. My Mini-ITX case doesn't have that connector (and certainly can't supply 300W), so for now I can't boot it up unless I put a bulky ATX PSU next to my case. Given that this is a low-power platform, and most of the traditional motherboard functionality is now integrated into the SoC anyway, I'm not even sure why this separate power rail is required at all. But the motherboard won't supply power to the SoC without it. The equivalent Atom motherboard doesn't require it.

The motherboard layout isn't great. The power connector is in the opposite corner to where you'd traditionally expect it to be, making the PSU connector difficult to reach. Also the chasis-fan connector is placed next to the CPU, and the CPU-fan connector is placed next to the edge of the chasis. Just silly design decisions like that.

Other Thoughts: Good on Asus for being one of the first to come out with a motherboard in this new AM1 SoC platform. Unfortunately Asus seems to be one of those companies that produces great products which are wasted on poor marketing and support teams.

I've been buying Asus for many years and this is the first time I've actually felt disappointed. Maybe once I get it working off the Mini-ITX case's own PSU, I'll be more happy with it.

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  • Thomas F.
  • 8/13/2014 7:16:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA Great AM1 Board

Pros: Better quality than most of the AM1 boards. I have bought MSI, Asrock
Asrock (the top of the line one) is as good also

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I plan on trying a PCIe X4 sata addon card & a port multiplier for a Ubuntu server build.
I will post back on Results....

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  • Christopher J.
  • 7/28/2014 8:50:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat for HTPC so far

Pros: Small, easy, fast, cool, etc

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I bought this to make an XBMC HTPC using a new Kabini processor. So far, I'm very pleased with the choice.

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  • Karim A.
  • 4/30/2014 7:20:28 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood feature set

Pros: It can moderatly overclock the new Kabini processors (In my case Athlon 5150 (stock 1.6Ghz) is running at 2Ghz.

The included manual has sufficent information to configure the system.

Cons: Only two SATA ports.

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  • Stuart S.
  • 4/26/2014 8:16:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board!

Pros: -Very small form factor
-Cool UEFI Bios Settings/Tweaking
-Very stable even on underrated power supply(It says 300 watt recommended in the manual even though I use a 180 watt)
-fits well in mini itx case
-Looks Great
-lots of space for connecting components

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: Overall I would definitely recommend this board to anyone thinking of creating an AM-1 based system. The performance is great so far with my Athalon 5350 2.05 Ghz and my G.skill 4GB 1600 memory.

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  • CHARLES K.
  • 4/19/2014 4:21:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOUTSTANDING TECH

Pros: This new mobo paired with AMD's new 28nm AM1 CPU are a terrific development of the latest computer tech. You get speed and energy savings, with LOW price. I've been building computers since the the days of the Commodore 64, and this is OUTSTANDING!

Cons: None whatsoever.

Other Thoughts: Use a SSD that takes advantage of the SATA III capability of the mobo. You won't be sorry.

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