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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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What is Mini-ITX mainboard?

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Mini-ITX format is a computer motherboard measuring 17 x 17 cm (or 6.7 x 6.7 inches). These mainboards are extremely efficient because they are characterized by very low power consumption. The specification of this format was developed in 2002 by VIA Technologies and their EPIA motherboards. Mini-ITX format is slightly smaller than microATX.

Low power consumption does not cause such a large heat release by mainboard components making the Mini-ITX can often be passively cooled, which makes this format ideal for silent home theater systems, where fan noise can be distracting and interfere when you are watching a movies or listen to music. It was first mini motherboard format introduced by VIA. The smaller they have announced later are Embedded ITX, Nano-ITX and Pico ITX. Until today Mini-ITX is till most popular “Mini” motherboard format.