Asus E35M1-M Pro: AMD Fusion Motherboard

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A board's layout is important as the positioning of components can dictate compatibility with other products like third party heatsinks and also disrupt airflow, making a system more thermally challenging.

The board is dominated by a massive heatsink covering both the APU and FCH standing 31 mm tall, 93 mm long and 74 mm wide. The heatsink's six screw-and-spring mounting points do not follow any existing CPU socket form factor; the heatsink is unique to this board. There are two fan headers, one at the top edge of the board and the other just underneath the heatsink. Like most Atom/ION boards there are only two memory slots provided.

There are five SATA 6 Gbps ports, four of which sit on their sides. There are four USB 2.0 headers on the bottom edge of the board, but USB 3.0 is only available on the back panel.

Most of the power regulation circuitry is located above the heatsink near the 4-pin AUX12V connector.

A closer look at the heatsink.

Underside showing six spring loaded screws that secure the heatsink.

The board ships with a slim 60 mm 3-pin fan made by Everflow. It is secured using four screws that wedge between the fins of the heatsink.

The back panel is stocked with HDMI, DVI, VGA, S/PDIF, FireWire, eSATA, and SUB 3.0 ports. The board supports 8-ch audio but has only three analog connectors at the back. A case or front panel accessory with an HD audio module is required for 8-ch output.

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