The AMD A55 Hudson so far has only been mentioned in passing during reviews of AMD’s APUs or motherboards with the A75 Hudson. Well, ECS is releasing 3 new boards with the A55 Hudson FCH to market for HTPC users, businesses, and those who have to save every penny in this harsh economy. Let me introduce you to the ECS A55F-A, A55F-M2, and A55F-M3.
According to specs, these boards will be giving up FIS-based switching and native USB 3.0 support; however, these are not features average consumers need. If you know these are not going to be something you need, it is worth saving money with the ECS A55 motherboards.
ECS has also cut a few other options such as display connectivity and audio for the two microATX sized boards. While this would be a problem in the mid-range, these boards should be the entry level AMD Fusion boards I have been waiting to see. I expect these motherboards to be between $50 and $75 which would make them great values as actual performance should be similar to their A75 counterparts.
For more information about ECS and the A55 motherboards, you can find their website here.