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While it may be entirely inappropriate to compare the GA-E350N-USB3 to full-sized desktop motherboards, we're gonna do it anyway. You see, we already know that the E-350's Bobcat cores are no match for modern desktop CPUs. We don't, however, know how its Hudson platform hub stacks up. There's no better way to find out than throwing Hudson into the mix against cutting-edge desktop chipsets riding the latest enthusiast motherboards.

To ensure that the E350N at least has someone its own size to pick on, we've also included some memory and application performance results from the MSI E350IA-E45 motherboard in Scott's E-350 review. The MSI board has the same 1.6GHz APU and should offer equivalent performance. However, while the MSI board was run with 4GB of 1066MHz memory at 7-7-7-20-2T timings, the Gigabyte had 8GB of RAM cranked to 1333MHz with 9-9-9-24-1T timings. Scott also used a different hard drive and PSU, so I haven't included his results in our power consumption tests.

To focus our attention, I've greyed out the desktop motherboards in some of our performance graphs. The E350N, its MSI twin, and our chipset results have all been color-coded to make the graphs easier to read.

With few exceptions, all tests were run at least three times, and we reported the median of the scores produced.

Processor AMD E-350 1.6GHz AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz Intel Core i7-870 2.93GHz Intel Core i7-2600K 3.4GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3 Asus M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD4P Asus P8P67 PRO Intel DP67BG Gigabyte GA-P67A-UD4P MSI P67A-GD65 Zotac H67-ITX
Bios revision F1 1606 F14 0907 10J.86A.1780 F5R E7681IMS.152 A166
Platform hub AMD Hudson M1 AMD 890FX Intel P55 Express Intel P67 Express Intel P67 Express Intel P67 Express Intel P67 Express Intel H67 Express
South bridge AMD SB850
Chipset drivers AHCI: 1.2.1.269 Catalyst 10.12 Chipset: 9.2.0.1019
RST: 10.1
Chipset: 9.2.0.1019
RST: 10.1
Chipset: 9.2.0.1019
RST: 10.1
Chipset: 9.2.0.1019
RST: 10.1
Chipset: 9.2.0.1019
RST: 10.1
Chipset: 9.2.0.1019
RST: 10.1
IGP: 15.21.5.64.2266
Memory size 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs) 8GB (2 DIMMs)
Memory type Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz Corsair Vengeance DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
Memory timings 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T 9-9-9-24-1T
Audio Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC889 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers Realtek ALC892 with 2.55 drivers
Graphics Radeon HD 6310 with 8.792.0.0 drivers Asus EAH5870 1GB with Catalyst 10.12 drivers
Hard drive Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB
Power Supply PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64

We'd like to thank Asus, Corsair, and Western Digital for helping to outfit our test rigs with some of the finest hardware available. Thanks to each of the motherboard makers for supplying their boards, too, and to AMD and Intel for providing the CPUs.

We used the following versions of our test applications:

The test systems' Windows desktop was set at 1280x1024 in 32-bit color at a 60Hz screen refresh rate. Vertical refresh sync (vsync) was disabled for all tests.

All the tests and methods we employed are publicly available and reproducible. If you have questions about our methods, hit our forums to talk with us about them.