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Unfortunately there is no UEFI BIOS on the ECS HDC-I, but this won't be a problem unless you plan on using one of those gargantuan 3TB drives as your boot drive.

The BIOS is very basic and does not allow overclocking of the CPU (not that you would really want to). Memory speed and timings are about all that can be changed here. The Turbo Mode setting you see does not appear to actually do anything apart from having a rather unusual description.

Automatic fan control parameters can also be tweaked. Fairly detailed settings are offered, which should quiet PC enthusiasts.

Test Setup

We will be comparing the ECS HDC-I with the Asus E35M1-I Deluxe, another AMD E-350 based mini-ITX motherboard. We will also be throwing in the Asus AT5IONT-I, which combines an Intel Atom D525 with Nvidia's next generation ION.

Motherboard ECS HDC-I ASUS E35M1-I Deluxe ASUS AT5IONT-I
Processor AMD E-350 Intel Atom D525
Graphics AMD Radeon HD 6310 Nvidia Next Gen ION
Memory 2GB DDR3-1333 7-7-7-20 2GB DDR3-800 6-6-6-15
Hard Drive Corsair X128 128GB
Power Supply Seventeam V-Force 550W
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit SP1
Drivers AMD Catalyst 11.4, AMD Chipset Drivers 11.4, AMD AHCI Drivers 11.4, Intel Chipset Drivers, Intel Rapid Storage Technology Drivers, Nvidia GeForce Drivers 270.61

As we have already looked at Brazos' performance in greater detail previously, we will only be running a few benchmarks.

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