ECS announces is first Brazos board

ECS HDC I 1 ECS announces is first Brazos board

ECS has joined the scores of motherboard makers that have launched products based on AMD's Brazos platform with the introduction of the HDC-I, a mini-ITX board with either an E-350 dual core or an E-240 single core AMD APU. This is as far as we're aware the first consumer Brazos implementation that uses a single core APU and it'll be interesting to see how big the cost and performance difference will be.

ECS has joined the scores of motherboard makers that have launched products based on AMD's Brazos platform with the introduction of the HDC-I, a mini-ITX board with either an E-350 dual core or an E-240 single core AMD APU. This is as far as we're aware the first consumer Brazos implementation that uses a single core APU and it'll be interesting to see how big the cost and performance difference will be.

Overall we'd say that ECS has come up with a fairly tempting proposal here, as the HDC-I feature just about everything you'd want on a mini-ITX board and then some. The APU and chipset are cooled by a fairly small passive heatsink that's sadly using plastic push-pins rather than spring loaded screws, but that's about the only complaint we have. ECS went for a pair of full size DIMMs and the board has a single x16 PCI Express slot (x4 electrically), four SATA 6Gbps ports and even a mini PCI Express card slot that allows for something like a Wi-Fi card to be fitted, although there is no easy way to route the antenna cables. ECS has also allowed for mini PCI Express SSDs to be used in the slot which could be interesting as a boot drive.

ECS HDC I 1 ECS announces is first Brazos board

The board also has two pin headers for four front USB 2.0 ports and rather unusually for a consumer board, it has an LVDS header, something usually only seen on industrial PC or application PC motherboards. Around the back the board has six USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports (using an Asmedia controller), HDMI, DVI and D-sub connectors, an eSATA connector, Gigabit Ethernet, a Bluetooth dongle and 7.1-channel audio outputs with optical S/PDIF out. Sadly the board only has a single 4-pin fan connector and one 3-pin fan connector, but we wouldn't have expected much more on such a small board. One minor point is the location of the front panel connectors which are at the rear of the board, but this is really nit picking, as it's not as if it's going to be a huge issue on a small board like this.

ECS HDC I 2 ECS announces is first Brazos board

It looks like ECS is trying hard to compete with first and foremost ASRock which has turned out to be ECS' biggest competitor in the retail market alongside MSI these days. The HDC-I will be officially unveiled at CeBIT which starts on the first of March. No word on pricing as yet, but we'd expect the HDC-I to be in line with competing products which retail for around US$125-150.

Source: TechPowerUp!

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