AMD Fusion E-350 Review

By on February 11, 2011
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AMD enters the ultraportable market with a bang.

Good: Low power, Better performance than Intel Atom & Nvidia ION
Bad: Doesn't scale well with external 3D cards
Price: AED 500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

The ASUS E35M1-M has an onboard AMD E-350 dual core APU @ 1.6GHz, and integrated HD 6310 graphics processor, 4GB Kingston HyperX DDR3-1333MHz ram, Kingston V-Series 64GB SSD with Windows Ultimate; all powered by a Cooler Master 1200W Silent Pro Gold PSU. I’ll be comparing the ASUS E35M1-M with the recently reviewed Zotac Zbox AD03 (which has an E-350 APU), HP Mini 210 (Atom N450 dual core @ 1.66GHz + Intel GMA 3150) and the Lenovo Edge 11 (with dual core i3-U380 @ 1.33GHz + Intel HD Graphics).

Obviously the Core i3 is on a completely different level than the E-350, but that’s not the market AMD is targeting with their new Fusion APUs. The Intel Atom CPU, as we can see here (with its one core and two threads) remains far behind the E-350 APU. It’s strange to see the 2D performance in Passmark go up so high on the Intel Atom and GMA 3150 graphics, but 3D performance is where the HD 6310 really comes into play.

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