ASUS has created its first mini-ITX motherboard based on AMD's C60 'Fusion' processor. The C60M1-I has surfaced in various webshops and should be available soon. According to Fudzilla's price comparison, the board costs around £60, making it one of the cheaper mini-ITX boards to feature an integrated processor.
The C60M1-I has a large heatsink, used to cool both the processor and AMD's A50M chipset. ASUS has opted for two DDR3 memory slots, a PCI-Express x16 slot (at x4 speed), and no less than six SATA 6 Gbps connectors. Unfortunately, an HDMI connector has been left out, making the motherboard less suited for HTPC use. USB 3.0 functionality is also absent. The board does feature VGA and DVI video outputs, six USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit LAN and onboard audio. This means the board would work well as a simple office PC or server.
As mentioned, the board is based on AMD's 60 chip, an efficient dual-core processor with 512 KB of L2 cache memory per core and a 1 GHz clock frequency. If the power consumption and temperature allow it, Turbo mode can increase the frequencies to 1.33 GHz. The chip has a TDP of only 9 watts and features a Radeon HD 6290 graphics chip with 80 shader units and a full UVD video decoder.
ASUS announces mini-ITX C60M1-I motherboard