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Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX 1.6GHz AMD E-350 APU Motherboard Review
Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX 1.6GHz AMD E-350 APU Motherboard Review - PCSTATS

The focus of today's review is the miniITX, 17cm square, Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 AMD Fusion motherboard. This platform is based on a dual-core netbook processor from AMD called the AMD Fusion E-350 'Zacate' APU.
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BIOS Options and Test System Specs

Gigabyte kept the traditional BIOS for the GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard. There are modest overclocking controls for adjusting the 1.6GHz AMD E-350 dual core CPU frequency and host clock in the MB Intelligent Tweaker section.

The 492MHz/80-shader processor Radeon HD6310 IGP can be overclocked, but doing so really isn't worth the time. The best performance gains will come from dropping in a discreet videocard. Up to 1024MB of system memory can be allocated to the IGP, the typical amount is 512MB.

VGA clock speed can be adjusted up from ~500MHz to 2000MHz if you'd like to try your hand at IGP overclocking.

The BIOS has extensive memory control options, timings can be set down to the individual clocks cycle.

With the BIOS covered, let's move onto overclocking and the PCSTATS motherboard benchmark suite.

Test System Specs

For this test system PCSTATS installed 4GB's of Patriot Memory DDR3-1066 RAM into the Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard. The storage device is super quick OCZ Vertex 2 SSD (120GB, SATAII). Thanks to Patriot Memory and OCZ Technology for help outfitting this test platform.

Details on how the AMD A50M 'Hudson-M1' Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 motherboard was configured for benchmarking - including specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions - is listed in the Test System Spec chart below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Specs
test system
processor: amd fusion e-350
(40nm) "Zacate"

Intel Core i7 3820

Intel Core i5 2500K

AMD Fusion A8-3850

AMD FX-8150 (45nm)*
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T

Intel Core i7 920
Clock Speed: 16x100MHz = 1.6GHz 36 x 100MHz = 3.6 GHz 33 x 100 MHz = 3.3 GHz 29 x 100 MHz = 2.9 GHz 18 x 200 MHz = 3.6 GHz*
16 x 200 MHz = 3.2 GHz
20 x 133 MHz = 2.67 GHz
Socket: n/a Socket LGA2011 Socket LGA1155 Socket FM1 Socket AM3 / AM2+ Socket LGA1366
Motherboard: - AMD A50M -
Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
("Brazos" platform)
- Intel X79 -
Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5

- Intel Z77 -
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H-WB
Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD3H

- Intel Z68
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD5-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
Gigabyte GA-Z68XP-UD3-iSSD

- Intel P67 -
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD7
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4-B3
Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4
ASUS P8P67 Pro

- Intel H67 -
ASUS P8H67-M Evo
Biostar TH67XE
Intel DH67BL

- AMD A75 -
Gigabyte GA-A75-UD4H
Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
Biostar TA75M+

- AMD 990FX
Biostar TA990FXE*
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD7*
ASUS Crosshair V Formula*

- AMD 890FX
Gigabyte GA-890FXA-UD7
ASUS Crosshair IV Formula
Biostar TA890FXE
- AMD 790FX -
Gigabyte GA-MA790FXT-UD5P

- AMD 785G -
MSI 785GM-E65

- Intel X58
Gigabyte G1.Assassin*
Videocard: ASUS ENGTS250 DK
(Geforce GTS250) / AMD Radeon HD6310 IGP

Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)

*Gigabyte GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)
(Geforce GTS250)


2x 2GB Patriot PVT36G1600LLK

x32 - 4GB / x64 - 4x4GB Corsair CMZ16GX3M-4X1600C9 DDR3-1600

2x 2GB Crucial Ballistix DDR3-1600

2x 2GB Corsair XMS3-1600C8

3x 2GB Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D DDR3
Memory Speed: DDR3-1066 DDR3-1600 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1333 DDR3-1066
Hard Drive: 120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)
120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)
Intel SRT Tests: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 & 20GB Intel Larson Creek 311 SSD

74GB Western Digital Raptor WD 740 (3GB/s SATA II)
*120GB OCZ Vertex2 SSD (3GB/s SATA II)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray


Power Supply:

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

NoFan P-400A (400W)

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 750W

Heatsink: n/a Zalman CNPS11X Performa Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1155 Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

AMD Reference Heatsink

Intel Reference LGA1366 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):



Software Setup: Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 32-bit
nVidia 285.62
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 32-bit & 64-bit
Intel INF
nVidia 285.62

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x32/x64
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x32/x64
AMD Catalyst 8.86RC2
nVIDIA 266.58

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
AMD Catalyst 9.12
nVIDIA Forceware 195.62

Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
Intel INF
nVIDIA Forceware 182.08

Benchmarks: System Benchmarks: Sysmark 2012, SYSmark 2007, PCMark Vantage, SiSoft Sandra 2011
Gaming B/M: 3DMark 11, 3DMark Vantage, 3DMark 06

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Contents of Article: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
 Pg 1.  Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 mini-ITX 1.6GHz AMD E-350 APU Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  360-Degree Motherboard Gallery: Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
 Pg 3.  — BIOS Options and Test System Specs
 Pg 4.  Sysmark 2007 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 5.  SiSoft Sandra: CPU Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 6.  Sandra: Memory Motherboard Benchmarks:
 Pg 7.  PCMark Vantage Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 8.  3DMark Vantage, 3DMark06 Motherboard Benchmarks
 Pg 9.  IGP vs. IGP: 3DMark 11, Stalker, Vantage
 Pg 10.  IGP vs. IGP Synthetic Gaming: Call of Juarez, Crysis, FEAR
 Pg 11.  IGP vs IGP Motherboard Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage
 Pg 12.  System Power Draw and Final Conclusions

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