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Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Fusion Mini ITX Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte

BIOS Features

Gigabyte included a modified Awards Software BIOS that we flashed to version F2 that was released on Sept. 19, 2011. While the company didn't include a UEFI graphical BIOS with the GA-E350N-USB3, they seemed to add a few overclocking options to get the most out of the AMD E-350 processor.

 

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Main Menu

 

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MB Intelligent Tweaker Menu

 

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IGX Configuration Menu

 

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CPU Frequency Options

 

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CPU Host Clock Control Options

 

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CPU Host Clock Options

 

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Memory Clock Options

 

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DRAM Configuration Menu

 

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MB Intelligent Tweaker,  System Voltage Control in Manual Mode

 

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DDR3 Voltage Options

 

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CPU Voltage Control Options

 

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Standard CMOS Features Menu

 

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Advanced BIOS Features Menu

 

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Integrated Peripherals Menu

 

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Power Management Setup Menu

 

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PC Health Status Menu
December 12, 2011 | 04:57 PM - Posted by trick (not verified)

Can this thing handle source games? css, dods, etc

December 12, 2011 | 05:44 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

It all depends on your settings and resolution, but I would say YES it can play them at something like 720p with moderate quality settings.

December 14, 2011 | 01:06 PM - Posted by Thordrune (not verified)

It should be able to play those. I didn't try those two games when I had my E-350, but it did play Portal 1 and 2 at 1920x1080. 2 was barely playable at that resolution on low-medium settings, but 1 ran better (20-30 FPS).

December 12, 2011 | 06:58 PM - Posted by tedknaz (not verified)

Would this board be able to record a couple of shows at once to WMC with a ceton cablecard tuner?

December 12, 2011 | 07:32 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

That is a little hard to say with certainty without having that hardware here but I would tend to say yes for dual streams. What software would you be running it on?

December 12, 2011 | 11:21 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why no media file tests? Seems a large oversight to not test HD Netflix, 1080p MKV files, SOMETHING! How would this board work if actually used as an HTPC?

December 13, 2011 | 08:34 AM - Posted by Tricky0502 (not verified)

I agree with above, most people will be using this as an HTPC. Some HD playback test would be nice.

December 14, 2011 | 10:22 AM - Posted by Luke (not verified)

yes i would like to also see some hd play back tested as i would love to get ahold of one of theses boards for a htpc on board hdmi at 1080p and windows 7 media center with 4 tv tuners would like to see how would hold up?

December 14, 2011 | 01:25 PM - Posted by Thordrune (not verified)

I bought this motherboard back in March and used it until last month as my HTPC, so I'll give a quick overview of my experience with it.

Gaming: I ran a few games on it at 1920x1080, low-medium settings. It performed better than I thought it would. I played the following games on it:

Portal 1/2
Trackmania United
World of Warcraft

Video/HTPC: The fan on it is near-silent, even at 3500 RPM. More than a foot or so away from it, it's inaudible. Video playback worked fine with XBMC, and I was able to play 1080p MKVs with no dropped frames, and low CPU utilization (Make sure to enable DXVA in XBMC settings!). Netflix in Firefox worked fine for SD content, I think HD/720p was okay as well but I didn't check for sure. YouTube 1080p was straining it quite hard, but 720p was fine.

Power consumption/overclocking: Using the included PSU with an Antec ISK300-65 case, it idled at ~24w and loaded at ~34w. This was with 2x2 GB G Skill low-voltage DDR3-1333 @ 1333, 7-7-7-21, 1.38v; and a 250 GB/7200 RPM Samsung 2.5" HD.

As for overclocking, it topped out at 1.73 GHz for me as well.

Hope this helps :).

December 14, 2011 | 01:28 PM - Posted by Thordrune (not verified)

Whoops, forgot to mention I played Live for Speed on it as well. It ran that at 35-50 FPS.

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