Gigabyte E350N-USB3 Mini ITX Motherboard / CPU Combo
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 04-17-2011
Provided by: Gigabyte
First Look

The E350N is the second Mini-ITX board I have looked at from Gigabyte - the first was the GA-H55N-USB3 back in December. The E350N uses Gigabyte's familiar blue PCB with light blue and white components.

At the top of the board is a 4-pin CPU power connector, CMOS battery and a clear CMOS jumper (below the battery). The dual core E350 processor with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics is pre-installed with a heatsink already in place, making this a quick and easy solution for someone who is new to system building or needs to deploy a system in a hurry. The heatsink also covers the Hudson M1 chipset. To the right of the CPU socket are two DDR3 memory slots supporting up to 8GB of 1066 / 1333 (OC) MHz modules in single-channel operation (Zacate does not support dual-channel operation).

There are only two 3-pin fan headers on the board and one is already occupied by the CPU fan.

Near the bottom of the board is a single PCI-e x16 slot and four SATA 6Gb/sec connectors. Color-coded front panel headers can be found beside the free 3-pin fan header which is right next to the 24-pin ATX connector. Other headers can be found scattered in various locations across the board and include a chassis intrusion header, two USB headers and a S/PDIF-out header.

More just ahead.

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