At Computex, it became quite clear that motherboard manufacturers are focusing more on the Mini-ITX form factor than ever before. They also seem quite interested in a System on a Chip (SoC) solution, using AMD's Kabini APU. These A- and E-series of processors are suited for use in a compact desktop, notebook or tablet and are characterized by a low power consumption, relatively high performance and a DirectX 11.1-supporting video chip.
ASUS is one of the manufacturers to have developed a Mini-ITX board based on the platform. This XS-A features AMD's A4-5000 Kabini APU. The board has HDMI and DisplayPort video outputs. Storage comes from either a regular SATA hard drive or SSD, or a compact mSATA SSD. Memory can be installed in SO-DIMM slots.
With the KBN-I, ECS has also created such a board. This manufacturer has opted for the Kabini A6-5200 APU and the board supports conventional DDR3 memory. The KBN-I also has a single PCI-Express x16 slot.
MSI showed the E1-2500I-E33 at its Computex stand. This motherboard feautures the E1-2500 APU, has two DDR3 memory slots and a PCI-Express x16 slot. An extra onboard 6-pin PEG-connector is present to provide graphics cards with additional power. USB 3.0 and Serial ATA 6 Gbit/s connectors are also featured on the motherboard.
Sapphire has created two compact boards, the IPC-FT3GS and IPC-FT3W, developed for respectively the consumer and business market. There's barely any difference between the two. Sapphire has opted for AMD's A6-5200 processor.
ASRock also introduced a motherboard based on the Kabini APU; its KA5200-ITX features the A6-5200 chip.
|Model||GPU||TDP||CPU cores||CPU frequency||L2 cache||Radeon Cores||GPU frequency||Max. DDR3 speed|
|A6-5200||HD 8400||25W||4||2 GHz||2 MB||128||600 MHz||DDR3L-1600|
|A4-5000||HD 8330||15W||4||1,5 GHz||2 MB||128||500 MHz||DDR3L-1600|
|E2-3000||HD 8280||15W||2||1,65 GHz||1 MB||128||450 MHz||DDR3L-1600|
|E1-2500||HD 8240||15W||2||1,4 GHz||1 MB||128||400 MHz||DDR3L-1333|
|E1-2100||HD 8210||9W||2||1 GHz||1 MB||128||300 MHz||DDR3L-1333|