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MSI E350IA-E45 AMD Brazos Fusion APU Platform Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: MSI
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Power Consumption

With systems like these it is very important to take power
consumption into the equation, but there are some caveats this time
around.  First, these are in no way identical systems and a precise
apples-to-apples test is nearly impossible to create based on the
combinations and platforms available on the market.  Secondly, the AMD
APU test platform was just that: a test platform that wasn't finalized
hardware though the new MSI E350 motherboard we are reviewing is.    
I was kind of surprised to see this, but considering we are looking at the first generation of real-world implementations, I guess I shouldn't have been.  While the reference system was drawing only 9.3 watts at idle, the retail motherboard was at 15.6 watts; that's more but in real-world usage not a big deal.  It still falls under the Atom D510 system and the Intel CULV+ION combo.

That 6 watt difference at the idle power levels between the reference and MSI systems shows up here as well with the E350IA-E45 pulling a maximum of 25.9 watts while utilizing both CPU cores to their capacity.  This does put the Fusion APU platform OVER the power consumption of the Atom D510 and nearly to the level of the Intel CULV option.

Obviously this ~6 watt offset is related to the specific MSI implementation of the platform as it shows up again here in our Left 4 Dead 2 testing.  Keep in mind when looking at these power graphs that engineers have had years now to tweak and learn about the Atom and Intel CULV platforms but are just getting started with the APU lineup from AMD.  I would expect the power consumption levels to get a bit lower as more products are released but even as it stands today the E350IA-E45 is sipping power compared to the systems we are used to testing.


February 2, 2015 | 07:40 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

can i use an itx case with 150watts psu on this one?

December 17, 2018 | 03:58 PM - Posted by I own it (not verified)

Yes. And I removed the cpu fan.
I think MSI included one for some liability/warranty reason.
The board never gets hot enough to need a fan.
With a pico psu my system is dead silent.
Don't expect to game with it. It's a good Windows Media Server / NAS box.

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