ECS HDC-I E350
Although Mini-ITX motherboards may take as much time to review as ATX motherboards with higher-end processors, we truly enjoy testing them. They may not have the performance horsepower as speed demon quad and six core processors, but surfing the internet, basic applications, light gaming at low settings and HTPC uses work very well for this tiny platform. There’s something to be said about working with a tiny and elegant platform.
The 1.6GHz ECS HDC-I offers a different realm to both enthusiasts and budget seekers. Along with the APU/motherboard combo we are also seeing budget laptops hit the street with the AMD E350 APU and seeing there still is a large market for lower-end product, companies like EliteGroup are taking advantage of this segment.
The ECS HDC-I mini-ITX coupled with the AMD E350 is a fresh new approach featuring Fusion technology that will evolve through Bulldozer and next generation processors from AMD. The HDC-I performs remarkably well for what it is, but most of all it operates on 8 watts of power and at peak draw tops out at around 16 watts. Pulling a 32% overclock of 2.133GHz using Turbo was just simply mind boggling, and our results show an average increase close to 30% better. Simply stated, the HDC-I is a dandy.
The HDC-I may not look flashy but it performed very well, beating the competitors for the most part, and as a bonus, comes in at a much lower price point of $99 which is outstanding. We really could not find anything wrong with the HDC-I with one exception. The temperatures were considerably higher than the competition but still within spec. Other than that lone issue, the ECS HDC-I motherboard should be considered by anyone looking for this platform.