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ECS HDC-I Fusion Mini ITX Motherboard Review

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Introduction and Specifications

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ECS developed the HDC-I motherboard to take advantage of AMD's new Brazos platform that's based on the Hudson M1 chipset and their latest E-350 dual-core processor and integrated DDR3 800/1066 memory controller. The dual-core E-350 APU, which combines the CPU and GPU, brings a host of features to mini ITX enthusiasts like USB 3.0 compability, SATA 6Gb/s support, bluetooth and Radeon HD 6310 graphics and UVD 3 to play 3D Blu-ray and HD-1080P movies.

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Another huge advantage of going with a mini ITX motherboard for your next home theater PC is the balance of computing power and power consumption that the AMD Brazos platform adds to the ECS HDC-I. The HDC-I is an energy-efficient motherboard that has integrated computing power and graphics firepower for users looking for an "all-in-one" solution for their next small form factor build.

Continue reading our review of the ECS HDC-I Fusion Mini ITX Motherboard!!


ECS HDC-I Mini-ITX Motherboard Technical Specifications
CPU - AMD Dual-Core Processor E-350
Chipset - AMD Hudson M1 FCH
Graphics - On APU(ATI Radeon HD6310 graphics)
- Integrated DirectX 11 graphics processor
- Support UVD 3
Memory -2 x 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket support up to 8 GB
- Support DDR3 1066/800 SDRAM
Expansion Slots - 1 x PCI Express x16 slot (@ x 4 bandwidth)
- 1 x Mini PCI Express x1 slot
Storage Support by Hudson M1:
- 4 x Serial ATA 6.0Gb/s devices
- 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port
Audio - VIA® VT1708B 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
LAN - Atheros AR8151 GIGA LAN
- Atheros AR8152 10/100 LAN (Optional)
- Wireless card IEEE 802.11b/g/n (Optional)
Rear Panel I/O - 1 x RJ45 LAN connector
- 1 x Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
- 1 x D-sub(VGA)
- 1 x DVI Port
- 6 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 ports compatible to both USB 3.0/2.0 devices (blue)
- 1 x Bluetooth
- 1 x HDMI Port
- 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s port
Internal I/O Connectors & Headers - 1 x 4-pin CPU_FAN connector
- 1 x 3-pin SYS_FAN connector
- 1 x Clear CMOS header
- 1 x Case open header
- 2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x F_Audio header
- 1 x F_Panel header
System BIOS - AMI BIOS with 16Mb SPI Flash ROM
Form Factor - Mini ITX 170x170mm


September 12, 2011 | 11:45 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great review, any news on how the AW-NE139 performs for wifi transfers and stability? I have a Zotac MAG and the Azurewave AR5B95 card in it is terrible.

September 14, 2011 | 12:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

that was the crappiest review I have read. The amount of details you went into was only slightly better than nil. Not even sure how you manage to maintain a website.

Here's one glaring example, since you overclocked it where are the performance figures?

September 14, 2011 | 08:07 PM - Posted by pben

I have been thinking about building a theater PC using something like this. The question is the cost of new hardware and lower power over using old hardware and high power cost. So far I have opted for older hardware.

As for the anonymous comment on overclocking: if you are interested in that then you don't get the point of a system like this. The point is to use low power and heat. If you want to overclock get a bigger board. The overclocking was thrown in just because it is usually thrown in to reviews on this site. From a floating point operations per second point of view these systems are a joke. The point is to use just enough electricity to get the media playing without dropping frames.

September 17, 2011 | 09:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

BIOS instead of UEFI?

September 24, 2011 | 04:22 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Interesting, but the overclocking capability of this board is amazing, probably the best I ever seen for a E-350 board, I think the result deserves more attention and praise, also to explore the performance potential with this very significant OC would be nice...

November 5, 2011 | 01:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'm writing this reply from ECS HDC-I board and i must say, I can't find that option in BIOS, there is no such thing as "turbo mode", and there is no BIOS download from ECS site so I guess we all have the same BIOS. I bought the board because of this, but unfortunately, something must have gone wrong...

November 6, 2011 | 03:04 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

It should be under the last tab in the BIOS, Frequency and Voltage control.

Maybe you can find more here?

November 19, 2011 | 05:45 PM - Posted by foster (not verified)

Can anyone save the new BIOS version, and send it to us? He can use this program:

Thank you, and sorry for the bad English (google translate )
P.S. No BIOS on the ECS website!

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