Zotac's quickly building a reputation as the witch doctor of computers. The company isn't shrinking heads, it's shrinking PCs. Zotac's latest creation is the A75-ITX WiFi platform, a mini-PC built around AMD's A75 chipset with support for socket FM1 accelerated processing units (APUs) and utilizing the mini-ITX form factor. Despite it's small size, the A75-ITX WiFi comes wielding a very big spec sheet.
Small. Simple. Smart. Those are the three goals MSI set out to achieve with its new Wind Box DC100, which the company is describing as a fashionable mini PC with an eco-chic design. Tear open the DC100 and you'll find the latest AMD Brazos platform running the show with an E-450 dual-core processor clocked at 1.65GHz and Radeon HD 6320 discrete class graphics.
So what if summer is over, the weather is still good for fishing, and AMD is hoping to reel in entry-level system builders working on a tight budget. The bait? A pair of new Fusion-powered A-series accelerated processing units (APUs), the A4-3300 and A4-3400. With the introduction of the A4-3300, the cost of entry for a desktop APU is now just $70, or at least that's where AMD wants it to be at.
AMD today rolled out its E45M1-Pro micro-ATX motherboard built around AMD's Fusion-powered "Zacate" platform. Browsing through Asus' product pages, it's the only board we could find to come embedded with AMD's dual-core E-450 APU (accelerated processing unit), AMD's fastest Zacate APU to date with a 1.65GHz clockspeed and integrated Radeon HD 6320 graphics.
MSI dabbles in both motherboards and graphics cards (as well as other components and products), and maybe that gives them an advantage when it comes to building boards for AMD's upcoming Fusion processors. Whether or not that's the case, MSI isn't bashful about laying claim to the "world's fastest mainboard with integrated graphics," the newly released A75MA-G55 built around AMD's FM1 socket.
Motherboard makers are preparing for the launch of AMD's upcoming Llano line of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). That includes Asus who today revealed its first boards sporting the necessary FM1 socket to support AMD's A-series APUs and powered by the AMD A75 chipset. New boards include the F1A75-V EVO and V1A75-V Pro, both of which Asus promises will offer "exceptional overclocking" capabilities and a range of proprietary and next-gen technologies.
For better or worse, long gone are the days when memory kits were marketed based on frequency and timings alone. Now we have memory kits marketed for specific platforms and processors, a trend that's underscored by Patriot Memory's new "Gamer 2 (G2) Series, AMD Edition" aimed at -- *drum roll* -- gamers putting together an AMD-based system.
Apple might want us to believe the Netbook is dead, but if sales of AMD’s all new Fusion series are any indication, the market is indeed alive and well. AMD claims it has shipped five million units of its Atom competitor since it launched back in January, and is struggling to meet demand.
Lenovo has started shipping its IdeaPad S205, an 11.6-inch ultraportable built around AMD's Fusion platform. The heart and soul of this system consists of AMD's E-350 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which combines a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. The S205 is the first of Lenovo's S Series announced back at CES and starts out at $499.
You've heard that big things come in small packages, and after peering over the spec sheet for Zotac's new Fusion ITX Wi-Fi A-series motherboard, we have no reason to doubt the wisdom in that statement. This also happens to be Zotac's first Fusion motherboard, so perhaps the company was looking to make a statement. Mission accomplished.