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I have an Atom 330 ITX board coming today that I'm pairing with a GTS450 for Folding and HTPC purposes... perhaps I'll have to replace it fairly quickly Both boards look awesome. $150 is a bit steep for me (Could just pop a H55N-USB3 + i3 540 in for ~$190), but I'm sure I'll find one for less somewhere. I like MSI's heatsink solution the most, I think.

4 PCIE lanes shouldn't be a detriment for my purposes, either.
Remember the $150 price tag also includes the cost of the APU, so no need to buy another processor with the board.

That ASUS board looks like a little power house. Passive cooling means it'll be almost silent. Could also throw in a cheap AMD gfx card for some light gaming too.
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Would be nice to see one using a diffferent colour scheme!

The passive cooling on the asus is a nice move.

Would love one if only I could wire it up to my crt TV and VHS
I'm really digging the passive cooling move as well. IMHO, all HTPC's ought to have passive cooling.

This might be my next fun little project...
    
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Remember the $150 price tag also includes the cost of the APU, so no need to buy another processor with the board.
Yes, I know full well what it includes. The price premium of these boards is justified for their intended application, but for my use it's worth considering alternatives at a small price premium.
    
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hmmm I wouldnt exactly call this fusion. I was expecting something like clarkdale. One chip does it all.
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I'm really digging the passive cooling move as well. IMHO, all HTPC's ought to have passive cooling.

This might be my next fun little project...
Don't forget that the Gigabyte is passive as well. The fan can be disabled if the case has airflow.

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hmmm I wouldnt exactly call this fusion. I was expecting something like clarkdale. One chip does it all.
....What are you talking about? Fusion was never meant to be a SoC. Fusion is about the intergration/seperation of INT and FP processors blocks on a single chip.

Clarkdale still needs a chipset.
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my next atom board is this one
Gigabyte GA-D525TUD
     
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Remember the $150 price tag also includes the cost of the APU, so no need to buy another processor with the board.

That ASUS board looks like a little power house. Passive cooling means it'll be almost silent. Could also throw in a cheap AMD gfx card for some light gaming too.
I wonder if it will hybrid crossfire with a 5450
   
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I wonder if it will hybrid crossfire with a 5450

It would be even better if AMD could get something like NVIDIA HybridPower or Optimus working.....


Use the IGP for low-power operations, discrete for gaming/rendering/etc.
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lol (Zotac 9300 = rather buggy).
You're telling me...

lol
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You're telling me...

lol
It may have issues with your quad core, depending on its model and the specific GF9300 model... I ran a GF9300 for a bit, ran great with both an E7500 and an E8600 I hated the lack of undervolting options though, so I ditched it.
    
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