In part 1 of this Mini-ITX series we examined nine motherboards with integrated CPU. In part 2 we will take a closer look at Mini-ITX boards with AMD Socket FM1 processor socket, compatible with the previous generation AMD A processors.
If you're wondering why we are reviewing Socket FM1 boards, it's because there aren't any Mini-ITX Socket FM2 boards yet for AMD Trinity processors. For Socket FM1 there isn't a lot of choice either, we only received two samples for our test, one from ASRock and one from Gigabyte.
It's a shame there isn't more out there, because a Mini-ITX board with an AMD A4, A6 or A8 processor could potentially be a very interesting combination. The integrated GPU is more powerful, and the CPU is faster than in the boards we discussed in part 1. For an HTPC using Windows Media Center a board with an AMD A4 or A6 processor is a better choice than an AMD E-350, despite the higher energy consumption. You can find an AMD A4 board for around £40 already, so the price difference is minimal.
The AMD A75 chipset that these boards use support 4x USB 3.0 and 6x SATA600. We tested the boards in combination with an AMD A8-3850 processor.