For those looking at purchasing hardware for a low-cost socketed Kabini APU system build following our many AMD AM1 Platform tests under Linux that found the low-end hardware to play well with the open-source operating system, one of the motherboards worth considering is the ASUS AM1I-A.
The ASUS AM1I-A is a $50 USD mini-ITX motherboard for the new AM1 Athlon and Sempron APUs. The AM1I-A compiles with mini-ITX specifications and the low-cost theme of AM1 APUs, but the board lacks a PCI Express x16 slot for using external graphics and instead opts for just a PCI-E x4 slot. The board has dual DDR3-1600MHz memory slots, USB 3.0 connectivity, and other standard features shared by the other low-end AM1 motherboards. This AM1I-A motherboard was sent over to us by AMD as part of our review kit with the Athlon 5350 APU.
- AMD Socket AM1 Athlon / Sempron Processors
- 2 x DDR3 DIMMs, Single Channel Memory
- 32GB Maximum Capacity
- Supports AMD Memory Profiles (AMP)
- Integrated AMD Radeon R Series Graphics in The APU
- Maximum shared memory of 2048MB
- Multi-VGA output support of HDMI, DVI-D, RGB VGA ports
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x4
- 2 x Serial ATA 6GB/s ports
- Realtek 8111GR Gigabit Ethernet
- Realtek ALC887VD 8-channel HD Audio
- 2 x USB 2.0 ports at back panel
- 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (four at back panel, four via motherboard header)
- ASUS UEFI AMI BIOS
- Mini ITX
- 6.7 x 6.7 inches
Included with this $50 AM1 motherboard was just a driver disc, the user's manual, I/O shield, and two Serial ATA cables. Being such a low-cost board, ASUS doesn't bundle any other extra accessories with the AM1I-A.