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GIGABYTE announces Mini-ITX contest without prizes?

Gigabyte has decided to promote their H55 Mini-ITX mini motherboard… so they has announced a contest. They have informed in their press release published on August 2, 2010 about overclocking competition in conjunction with HWBOT.org called the H55 Mini-ITX Contest. I am sure that a lot of over-clockers might be interested in it and it is a great way to make Gigabyte’s motherboard more popular. It can show potential buyers how powerful it may be. But there is a one catch…

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Building a Mini-ITX home backup server

Some time ago I have been writing a post about “Possible uses for your old Mini-ITX motherboard“. The word “old” was there but you may do same things with your “new” mini motherboard. Why am I recalling this post? It is because as one of uses there was mentioned “NAS” (network attached storage). It would let you to keep your files in one central point that may be accessed from all your home computers (laptops, desktops, htpc, smart phones and whatever more you may use at home). It looks that this idea have not been so bad as it have been brought to life and very deeply described by Chris Lowry.

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Building Silent 1080p Full HD Media Center HTPC. Part 1.

If you want to build your own HTPC and you are still not sure about it’s components, you are in the right place. Nowadays when you build your own media center most probably you will demand from it at last these points:

  • To be silent (do not disturb you in everyday life and when you watch movies)
  • To look elegant or to be totally hidden (mounted on back of your TV)
  • To be capable to play Full HD movies (1080p resolution)

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Two mini Intel Pineview motherboards reviewed

Bit-Tech have written great review of two Intel Pineview Mini-ITX motherboars. In their article they have introduced Jetway NC96-410-LF (single core atom) and Jetway NC94-510-LF (Dual Core Atom). Intel Pineview have been longly awaited platform and now thanks to this review we can see it in action. Bit-tech have done performance test of memory, sata, usb, multitasking and video processing/editing.

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SilverStone Sugo SG05 Mini-ITX Case Reviewed

SilverStone SG05Last month there was quite a few new Mini-ITX case reviews. We have been already writing about SilverStone Sugo SG07, Coolermaster Elite 100, Antec ISK 300-150 & 310-150 & Norco ITX-7. Now it is time for another great case from SilverStone. It is Sugo SG05. This case looks to be quite big. But it need to be that because it can fit 2 expansion cards! Moreover, what is not so unusual, it can fit one slim optical drive, one 3.5” hdd, and one 2.5” hdd. Case is ventilated by a 120mm intake fan at 1200rpm.

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DFI P55 MI-T36 Overclocking Tests

DFIEverybody have heard than “big”  DFI motherboards can easily be over clocked without stability looses. But what about so popular in last days Mini-ITX DFI P55 MI-T36? There were already some reviews of this motherboard in the web but it have not treated about overclocking as well. But it looks that we have an answer. Nebojsa Novakovic have tested this mini motherboard with Intel Xeon 3450 2.66GHz (default clock) and G.Skill ECO DDR3 memory able to run DDR3-1600 CL 7-8-7 at just 1.35V. To this little power house he have connected graphic card ATI HD 5870. What was the effect?

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DFI P55 MI-T36 Reviewed

DFI MI P55 T36DFI have presented its Mini-ITX form factor motherboard a couple of months ago. I have already been writing about DFI P55 MI-T36 before. It is looking very promising as this model may be more useful in your desktop computer than most of mini motherboards currently available on the market.

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Uses for your old Mini-ITX motherboard?

VIASome time ago I have been asked by my friend about possible uses of old Mini-ITX motherboard. He told me that he have found a passively cooled VIA EPIA-PD in some old media equipment at his work that was not needed anymore. He told me that this is only 600Mhz processor… It is not worth anything… I was almost shocked. 600Mhz is really a lot for a passively cooled computer that has only 9 to 15 watts power consumption!

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Asus AT3N7A-I as the best choice for your Full HD Mini HTPC?

AT3N7A-I

I have published an article about this great motherboard before (right here), but I believe that this awesome piece of hardware deserves to be described in much more details. I believe that this is most powerful Mini-ITX motherboard with such functionality. You probably will ask in this place “Why do I think so??? There is quite a few motherboards with similar CPU…”.

Yea… there is… But this board have something more! It have an integrated ION platform! It is a solution you really want to have included on your mini htpc! Thanks to ION your computer will be able to decode and play a real Full HD movies without any CPU usage!
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Mini-ITX 2.0

Mini-ITX 2.0

Mini-ITX 2.0

At last Computex, VIA introduced the first platform, which complies with the specification of Mini-ITX 2.0. They can be considered as the creator of this standard. Same company made the the first motherboard with dimensions 17×17 cm. VIA provides a new standard with place for the x86 processor, at least 2GB RAM DDR2, PCI Express 16x, two Serial ATA II ports, one IDE channel, four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet and six-HD audio. All of this and the VIA Nano processor let to run on such a small computer to run the Crysis game.

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