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Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe reviewed

Just a few days ago I have been writing about new mini motherboard from Asus called ASUS AT5IONT-I. But we can not forget that the previously introduced Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe is already on the market and is a real good piece of hardware for every HTPC enthusiast. So if you do not want to wait any more for AT5IONT-I and you are considering buying its previous version (that I may highly recommend by myself) I have a good news for you! Thanks to “neoseeker” you may read a review of AT3IONT-I Deluxe and see some performance tests.

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Echo III – little powerful computer?

Puget Systems has announced their new computer in Mini-ITX form factor called Echo III. It has been packed into Lian-Li‘s PC-Q08 Mini-ITX case to fit small but powerful ZOTAC H55ITX-A-E mini motherboard and keep it cool. Computer may be equipped with Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 processor. Moreover it may be configured with up to 8GB of memory, powerful Radeon HD5970 or GeForce GTX 480 and up to 2TB of standard HDD or 256GB SSD drive (or even both!) + a Blu-ray player or writer. Continue to ‘Echo III – little powerful computer?’

Mini-ITX Pegatron IPX7A-ION/330 – not so passive

Thanks to iXBT Labs we have one more mini motherboard review. This time it is another ION based motherboard. This Mini-ITX form factor mainboard have been produced by not so well known Pegatron. When you see their mini motherboard IPX7A-ION/330 for the first time, you may think it is some very nice looking passively cooled Mini-ITX little motherboard. But you are wrong!

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ZOTAC ION ITX-F with PCI-express x16

ZOTAC ION ITX-FZOTAC have presented a new version of their mini motherboard from ION ITX series. New high-end motherboard ITX ION-F was extended with PCI Express x16 slot. The platform is equipped with high-performance NVIDIA ION and energy-efficient dual-core Intel Atom 330, this two will have great performance not only in high-definition video playback, but also in everyday applications. NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology in ITX ZOTAC ION-F allow for smooth playback of Blu-ray high bitrate video, with minimal CPU usage. NVIDIA CUDA enables fast processing, editing and correction of video with use of GPU ION and low energy consumption.

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Asus ION AT3N7A-I

Asus ION AT3N7A-I

Asus ION AT3N7A-I

Asus have presented a new motherboard made in the Mini-ITX format and equipped with dual-core Intel Atom processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics 9400 (ION). This product is made for customers who want to build small and efficient HTPC (Home Theater PC) platform.

Taiwanese manufacturer have introduced this motherboard in a Mini-ITX standard based on nVidia ION platform (ION is able to easily play a Full HD moves at 1080p!). AT3N7A-I features a dual-core Intel Atom 330 with 1.6 GHz timing, Dual DDR2-800 memory, three SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, and integrated GeForce 9400 graphics with support for DirectX 10, one PCI slot, gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel surround sound support, support for Bluetooth, eSATA port and D-Sub and HDMI connectors.

Asus ION AT3N7A-I

Asus ION AT3N7A-I

Motherboard available at Amazon: Asus AT3N7A-I

ZOTAC IONITX A-B-C-D

NVIDIA PureVideoZOTAC International have presented a new platform ZOTAC ION with the new NVIDIA GPU ION that ensures optimal performance in games and applications compatible with DirectX 10, OpenGL 2.1, NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX.

ION graphics processor is great solution for Windows Vista and Windows 7, Linux and multimedia playing (smooth Full HD movies in 1080p!). ZOTAC ION motherboards are equipped with single (ION ITX B with passive coolong – no fan!) or dual-core (ION ITX A) Atom processors. Single-core N230 Atom processor provides sufficient performance in everyday applications, while dual-core Atom processor N330 is available for more demanding users.

HDMI output supports 7.1-channel digital audio, giving the highest quality and fidelity audio playback in movies in Dolby Digital True HD and DTS-HD. Integrated HDCP allows you to playback protected video content. In addition, DVI and VGA outputs are supporting multiple displays.

General information:

  • Playing movies in Full 1080p HD (IONITX A and B!)
  • Compatible with Windows Vista Premium and ready for Windows 7
  • mGPU Nvidia ION
  • 16 stream processors
  • Integrated Intel Atom N230 (single-core witg passive cooling – totally silent without fan!) or Atom N330 (Dual Core)
  • HDMI (with 7.1-channel audio), DVI and VGA
  • 2x DDR2 DIMM
  • Supports DDR2-667/800
  • Supports up to 4GB of DDR2 memory
  • Integrated DC-DC power adapter (optional)
  • The included external power supply 19V AC / DC (optional)
  • Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11n WiFi module (optional)
  • Mini PCI Express (optional)
  • Compatibility with Microsoft DirectX 10 and OpenGL 2.1
  • Supports NVIDIA CUDA and PhysX
  • Compatibility with NVIDIA PureVideo HD technology
  • Expanded 5-year warrant
ZOTAC IONITX A

ZOTAC IONITX A

ZOTAC IONITX B

ZOTAC IONITX B

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Intel D945GCLF

Intel D945GCLF

Intel D945GCLF

Intel D945GCLF is a flexible solution in the segment of Mini-ITX boards. It has integrated 45nm Intel Atom processor and Intel 945GC Express Chipset. It is extremely energy efficient solution for home users as well as unique solutions that fits market demands today. Designed with 45nm Hi-k metal gate processor, offering incredible opportunities to communicate, listen to music, watch movies, play and learn with use of unlimited resources of the Internet.

Intel D945GCLF is really great product. It is a great way to start building a computer, without spending a lot of time to get compatible components and assambling them together. When you buy this motherboard you will still need to add a hard drive, RAM, power supply,  some speakers, keyboard, mouse, monitor and operating system. But you should not have any problems with their compatibility.

Intel D945GCLF

Intel D945GCLF

After testing we have done by installing several different versions of operating systems, including Ubuntu Linux, which could be easily installed on this board, I conclude that the system is fast, reliable and very stable.  Several of my friends from work bought this board for its personal use.

Intel D945GCLF

Intel D945GCLF

Processor performance is quite acceptable for web browsing and basic tasks. Booting the system wasa surprisingly fast. This mainboard is characterized by extremely low energy consumption which is attractive and ideal for all systems that are designed for continuous operation (eg, home server, security systems etc).

This product is an excellent solution for building inexpensive end efficient computer system. Personally I really recommend it.

Motherboard available at Amazon: Mini ITX Intel D945GCLF