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Asus E35M1-I review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £141
inc VAT

Asus's take on this affordable PC platform is bound to appeal to Mini-ITX fans who like their PCs silent.


BGA-413, Mini-ITX, AMD Hudson M1 chipset, supports: Fusion

For media playback, the HD 6130 is more than capable as it supports AMD’s UVD 3 video decoding technology. We tested it by running Blu-ray quality 25Mbit/s video, which it played back perfectly with only a 20% CPU overhead.

We also ran our usual gaming tests on the HD 6130. It only scored 7.3fps in the now aging Call of Duty 4, at a resolution of 1,680×1,050 with 4x anti-aliasing enabled. Switch off the anti-aliasing and drop the resolution to 1,280×720 and the frame rate jumps up to 15.1fps, but it’s still not playable. You can play less demanding games on this GPU, strategy games and adventure titles for example, but even then you’ll need to do it at low resolutions and detail settings. In this respect it’s little different to, though marginally quicker than, its Nvidia and Intel rivals.

This board resembles other Mini-ITX products with integrated processors. It’s dominated by a huge and impressive passive heat sink, so your whole mini PC could run silently – as long as you have an SSD, no optical drive and a passively-cooled power supply. It’s worth pointing out that this board does require a standard PC power supply, and isn’t supplied with a small external unit like some Mini-ITX boards. Our entire test system idled at an impressively low 40W and never peaked above 55W, even when running gaming benchmarks.

Asus E35M1-I ports

The Hudson M1 chipset supplies all the ports you’ll need. On the rear are two USB3 ports and four USB ports, eSATA and a P/S2 port. For audio there’s three minijacks and an optical S/PDIF, or you can output HD audio from the HDMI 1.3a output (so you miss out on Blu-ray 3D support), there’s also a DVI-I output for digital or analogue connection to monitors. For networking there’s Gigabit Ethernet plus antenna connectors for the onboard 802.11n wireless card, a Bluetooth module is also provided for connecting to mobile devices. In short, it’s an incredibly well-equipped piece of kit.

On the board itself are five SATA3 ports for internal storage devices. There are two memory slots supporting up to 8GB of DDR3 at speeds up to 1066MHz and a single PCI-Express x16 sized slot, this only supports devices up to 4x speed, but that’s plenty for the kind of peripherals it’s likely to be used for – TV tuners come to mind.

Asus E35M1-I top

With hardware comparable to, and in some cases slightly superior than, its immediate competitors, this initial Fusion product certainly shows promise. Asus’s interpretation of it is typical of the company, with all the bells and whistles present – passive cooling and wireless being the primary add-ons.

It’s not cheap at £141 inc VAT, but we feel it represents reasonable value for money given the features and performance on offer. It’s a touch cheaper than the Ion-based Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe, thoughthat does come complete with a mini power supply. Which means that if you’re looking to build a silent mini PC with future-proofing for GPU application acceleration, and all the ports you could need, then look no further.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ****
Processor socket BGA-413
Form factor Mini-ITX
Size 170x170mm
Processor support Fusion
Processor external bus 200MHz (2.5GT/s UMI)
Chipset north bridge AMD Hudson M1
Chipset south bridge AMD Hudson M1
Passively-cooled north bridge yes
Integrated graphics Yes
Supported memory type DDR3 800/1066
Maximum memory speed PC2-8500
Memory slots 2
Maximum memory 8GB
Dual-channel support no

Buying Information

Price £141

Internal Ports

Power connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 4-pin ATX
PCI-E x16 slots 1
Dual graphics architecture N/A
PCI-E x4 slots 0
PCI-E x1 slots 0
PCI slots 0
Fan headers 2
Floppy ports 0
IDE ports 0
Serial ATA ports 5
RAID chipset (max disks) none


Wired network ports 10/100/1000
Sound (ports) Realtek ALC892 (3x analogue out, optical S/PDIF)
USB2 ports / headers 6/3
Firewire ports / headers 0/0
Legacy ports 1x PS/2
Other ports DVI, HDMI, eSATA, 2x USB3
Cables included 2x wireless antennas
Brackets included none
Software included N/A

Setup and Overclocking

Voltage adjustment CPU/RAM/chipset
CPU clock max adjustment 300MHz

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