Gigabyte's AMD Fusion 'Brazos' board leaked

The first image of a mini-ITX motherboard for AMD's Fusion Brazos platform has leaked from Gigabyte, revealing a compact layout that aims to capture the nettop market from Intel's competing Atom.

The snap of the upcoming Gigabyte GA-E350V-USB3 was leaked by an unnamed 'industrial source' to tech watcher X-bit Labs, and reveals much about AMD's intentions for its Zacate Accelerated Processing Units.

The motherboard, a mini-ITX design aimed at smaller cases, includes a hard-wired AMD E350 APU with two 1.6GHz 'Bobcat' processing cores, a 500MHz AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics processor, and a thermal design profile of a svelte 18W.

While official details are unavailable, as neither Gigabyte nor AMD have officially announced the board at the present time, the picture reveals much: a PCI Express x16 slot, four SATA 3Gb/s ports, an eight-channel HD audio controller, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a gigabit Ethernet connection, and DVI, VGA, and HDMI video outputs, along with two DDR3 DIMM slots.

The latter also comes with the claim that Gigabyte will be building the ability to overclock the CPU and memory into the system - something almost unheard of in the nettop market. Designed to operate at 1333MHz, X-bit claims that Gigabyte is set to include the functionality to increase the speed to 1800MHz "and beyond."

That last snippet, if true, provides the first hint at pricing: with a high-performance APU at its heart, support for PCIe x16 add-on cards, and USB 3.0, overclocking support is the final clue that Gigabyte will be aiming this motherboard at makers of high-end small form factor systems - and likely pricing it accordingly.

Neither Gigabyte nor AMD have confirmed or denied that the image and specifications represent an upcoming product, but nor have they announced when system builders will be able to get their hands on the board.