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SAPPHIRE PURE Fusion Mini E350 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

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  • AMD E-350 APU
  • DDR3 800/1066
  • AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Jonathan W.
  • 10/14/2011 12:59:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAs previous person said for White version do not flash bios!!!

Pros: Was excellent while it worked

Cons: Decided to flash BIOS - IT person so should be walk in the park
I had 020 version so they fixed numerous items in the next releases - so windows 64 flash to 038 and here we go:
1. boot only in bios and no SATA devices
2. cannot boot onto USB
3. Doesn't save any settings in bios except disabling quiet boot mode
4. Resetting CMOS brought next issue after restarting no video unless reset CMOS again

Created support ticket no response yet - Sapphire you so good dealing with taking care of in warranty video cards.

Other Thoughts: Read feedback before flashing bios this guys review was 7 days before I did mine.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/9/2011 1:59:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat product, flawed support

Pros: Works perfectly right out of the box. BIOS has a lot of flexible options. Fan is relatively quiet.

Cons: None with the product. See below for issues with the company.

Other Thoughts: I spent a week trying to install Windows XP on this board using my original SP3 CD and had no success. This board needs a driver for the AMD SATA controller or none of your hard drives are visible when installing Windows. I contacted Sapphire Support trying to get the driver needed. They repeatedly insisted that I was "doing it wrong" and any Windows XP cd should work. I went over to the ECS (another pc hardware company) website and downloaded the SB700 SATA floppy/install driver for their fusion apu motherboards. It worked perfectly and I now enjoy a fast Windows XP with this excellent motherboard & apu combo. I sent Sapphire an email advising them to add the driver to their own website so users can actually install Windows XP. 2+ weeks with no response & no updated drivers page.

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  • Jordan L.
  • 6/23/2011 4:08:50 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs4.5 Eggs

Pros: Very small board. The pictures do not do it justice. Holding the board, the only things that stick up are the CPU cooler and the I/O ports. Plenty of room for airflow.

Mini PCI-E that I can't wait to play around with.

I find SODIMM a pro, becuase unlike DDR2, where SODIMM were more expensive than DIMMs, DDR3 is almost the same, with SODIMMs sometimes cheaper. Also, with SODIMM, you have more more room on the board and better possibility for airflow.

Very low power draw, quiet fan, and acceptable temps in an ITX Case.

Blu-Ray looks better than my previous HTPC that had an nVidia GTS 450.

Overall, I am pleased with this board. If you're looking for a small, low-power solution for rendering HD content, build your HTPC around this!

Cons: As soon as I updated all the drivers, Catalyst defaulted to 10% underscan, so it didn't fill my entire 42" Plasma. I run it at 720p becausemy older 1080p HDTV is not as crisp as I'd like. After mucking around a bit, and uninstalling and reinstalling several times, I got it to stop underscanning.

It hung on installation of Win 7, but I've built four new Win 7 machines, and every one has hung on install at least once.

CPU utilization was reported to be 30%-ish for Blu-Ray playback. I'm getting 80%! It doesn't stutter, but I expected better.

And I've never read this, and I've looked, but it doesn't like to boot with a lot of devices hooked up via USB. I have to unplug or turn some things off and then boot. That's the main reason I can't give it 5/5. My ITX case has a 200W power supply, and without a dedicated GPU, I shouldn't be having power issues, if indeed that is the problem.

Other Thoughts: Sapphire Pure Fusion Mini
Kingston 4Gb DDR3 SoDimm
Corsair Nova 32Gb SSD
WD Green 1TB HDD
Slim Blu Ray/DVD-RW Drive
IN WIN BP655.200BL w/ 200w PS
Win 7 HP x64
Happauge HD PVR

I wanted to give this board 5 eggs, I really did! But I couldn't considering the higher temps than that of benchmarks, CPU utilization, and boot issues.

Performance lags more than I expected. It's not as fast as a desktop, but it's better than my dual-core Atom netbook. It's about the same speed as my 3.5-year-old gaming notebook in desktop performance.

I made sure to only install what I needed (torrent client, HD PVR, Blu-ray playing software, Browsers, and some PopCap games!). But it just seems a bit sluggish.

FYI, I may have been using old software, but my Cyberlink PowerDVD wouldn't play becuase it said "incompatible graphics drivers." I used Total Media Theater for Blu ray

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  • Justin E.
  • 5/27/2011 12:35:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent little board

Pros: -High number of features packed into a small package.
-Very low power consumption (idle: ~18W, peak ~25W)
-Changing the boot sequence in the bios will immediately boot the new primary without restarting.
-7-segment display of bios status codes is a nice touch.

Cons: Fan on the APU is small and noisy. I've removed it and am relying on my Antec ISK100's case fan to cool the board. So far, so good.

Stock bios is slightly buggy. be sure to flash to the latest revision once you receive your product.

Other Thoughts: I'm using this as a low power http server and bluetooth sniffer (using an ubertooth one), it does exactly what I need it to do with Ubuntu 11.04 server.

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  • Jesus E.
  • 5/12/2011 3:10:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent for Windows Home Server 2011

Pros: - Runs WHS 2011 perfectly
- WHS video streaming set to High and works without a hitch
- Streams 1080p Blu-ray ISOs to multiple PCs perfectly
- 6 SATA III ports, and works with 3tb drives
- Stable and low power draw

Cons: - No RAID, and WHS drive mirroring is a resource hog, but I don't update the content for the drives I need mirrored often enough to mind.
- Bluetooth installation can be a PITA, but it works

Other Thoughts: I initially bought one of these to build a bedroom media center pc and was impressed at it's ability to handle all the HD content I could throw at it. I was going to build a home server with a Core i3 2100T (I was kinda doubtful this could stream decent video through the web), but I went with this board for the mere fact that it draws half the power of the i3 setup. Needless to say, it's a winner. Video is transcoded and streamed in high quality smoothly over the web, my ripped Blu-rays are being streamed to 3 PCs simultaneously in perfect quality, and I'm completely satisfied with the way this board has managed to put so many newer options in a small and efficient package. This thing blows Atom boards out of the water!

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  • David K.
  • 4/30/2011 11:41:32 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLow power server

Pros: Low power and heat. Easy to setup. Does what I need it to do. Relatively quiet - my window AC is much louder. The website has everything up now including manual, drivers, and BIOS updates. They have fixed some of the initial complaints in the latest BIOS like CPU fan adjustment and restart on power failure.

Cons: Performance is mediocre but as expected. BIOS update was a pain. I had to boot from a USB flash drive in DOS mode. It wouldn't boot with a WD USB3 HD plugged in. My other system boots fine so it's not the drive. It got stuck at POST code 98.

Other Thoughts: I couldn't get the video drivers to install on Home Server 2011. I want to set it up as a media server but I keep getting 403 error messages when I try to access it from the web. It's probably a router or setting issue and not related to the board. Backups are working fine.

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  • Jesus E.
  • 4/18/2011 6:02:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMedia center extender perfection!

Pros: -It does the job as a low-cost MS media center and an even better extender (using HD Home Run tuners)
-Flawless playback of 1080p recordings from Blu-ray, off-air and streamed over Ethernet
-Low power consumption and packed with features
-Option to allocate up to 2gb of RAM to video
-Plays most 3D content smoothly

Cons: -You won't be ripping through frames in Crysis, but that's not what it's for
-The instructions come in every language and very little detail. You'll be getting some info off the net if you need to tweak some things

Other Thoughts: I've been trying to find a decent board that consumes little power while still being able to handle 1080p content. I wanted something that would work in my bedroom to play content from a networked tuner and recordings from a primary media center in my living room and handle Bluray, but hadn't found many reviews for these power-sipping boards. I tried an atom board and it struggled with most HD content. This thing blows it away. Everything I have in HD just works. Graphic-intensive HD games are playable, but stick to a regular CPU if that's what you intend to use it for. It will have the occasional hiccup in those situations. Simpler 3D content and flash games are perfect. I highly recommend this board.

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  • John H.
  • 4/14/2011 4:02:22 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for HTPC / File Server

Pros: The number of SATA ports and mini PCIe makes this board ideal for a mini-ITX based HTPC / file server. The USB 3.0 ports are definitely a plus, especially for a file server.

Cons: The CPU cooling fan is very loud.

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  • Young M.
  • 4/8/2011 10:22:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAlmost perfect

Pros: Every think works great. SO-DIMM is great for me.
USB 3.0 work cool. SATA 6.0 also plus, Bluthooth on motherboard work perfect for my mouse. HDMI worked good after all drivers installed. mini pci-e. is perfect for SSD, or other expantion. worked as pci-e x1

Cons: CPU cooler and North bridge M1 cooler are separate aluminium piece. that was wrong idea. It should made much better as a big heat cooler. The CPU cooler is too noisy for HTPC use. I hope can find other nice CPU cooler for HTPC use.
It was a little warm CPU cooler but M1 chipset was warmer than CPU cooler in normal use !
No Windows 2008 R2 drivers but Windows 7 dirvers is totally compatible. Needed Net framework 3.5.1 installation before install APU chipset drivers.
No HW raid as other zacate ITX models.

Other Thoughts: Well made and a lot of expantion posibility for mini ITX board. No Raid as other Zacate models. it should be only weaknees for mini server system.

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  • melvin m.
  • 4/2/2011 10:24:19 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsbo40

Pros: really good mb.compleated build and booted right up and loaded win 7 ultimate X64 bit in 14 mins running 4 gigs memory i pulled out of new laptop and is awsome

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: buy it you wont regret it put on a lian lee spider chassis and build is really suprising to look at

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