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MSI Reveals AMD Fusion E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX

MSI has released the details for their upcoming E350IA-E45 mini-ITX motherboard. The board is targeted for the HTPC builder and due to its integrated AMD Fusion APU; it’s also suitable for light gaming.  MSI has also included a PCI Express x16 slot, a feature that was not included on its Sandy Bridge mini-ITX offering, but it’s limited to x4 speed. The E350IA-E45 uses the AMD ‘Brazos’ E350 Accelerated Processing Unit that combines a dual-core 1.6 GHz processor and a DirectX 11 Radeon HD 6310 GPU. Video outputs include an HDMI port and VGA connector. Memory support is provided via two …
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Gigabyte to Release a P67 Mini-ITX Motherboard?

It’s no secret that Intel’s decision to hamstring the overclocking abilities of the H67 chipset has proved to be a big disappointment to enthusiasts. For most system builders, it means choosing between having on board video support with the H67 chipset or foregoing video for overclocking support with the P67-based boards. For ITX system builders, we have no choice. We are limited to boards with H67 chipsets and have no hope of serious overclocking. That is, unless Gigabyte makes true on their promise. A few readers have pointed us to a report out of CES 2011 from techreport.com that claims …
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Overclocking the H67-based Mini-ITX Intel DH67CF

Overclocking is a common practice in the gaming world. With the cost of high end gear being so high, the ablility to coax as many MHz as possible out of your equipment can help gain free performance. Although the debate will continue on about whether there is any real need to overclock, many users will still try to push the limits of their hardware. Intel’s recent H67 chipset is at the heart of all the current mini-ITX motherboard options and users are already clamoring to know what overclocking capabilities this chipset has. I’m not much of an overclocker, but even I can tell, …
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Lian Li PC-Q08: A Not-So-Mini Mini-ITX Chassis

A user emailed me a few days ago with a problem. He needed a case for a new build and he was having trouble finding one he like. This is not an uncommon problem. While a wide assortment of mini-ITX cases are available, very few of them are suitable for a gaming system. To be suitable for a mini-ITX gaming system, a case must have two specific features. First, it requires two expansion slots to allow the use of double-wide video cards which have become the standard. Second, the case must have the ability to utilize an ATX power supply …
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Intel DH67CF: Unboxing and First Impressions

I received the first of what I hope will be many 1155 mini-ITX motherboards today in the form of an Intel DH67CF. We’ve had a lot of discussion on the site concerning this board and it’s apparently limited Sandy Bridge processor support. It seems that Intel is concerned about heat issues when using 95w processors in mini-ITX cases, so the official specs indicate support for only 65w Core i3 and i5 processors. We’ll get into heat issues and 95w processors on the next page. First, let’s have a closer look at the new DH67CF. Unboxing: I’ve always been a fan …
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Official ITX Product Pages Go Live! With Misprints?

Official product pages are starting to appear for upcoming Sandy Bridge LGA1155 mini-ITX motherboards. Full specifications are up for the Intel DH67CF, Foxconn H67s, Zotac H67ITX-A-E and the ECS H67H2-I on their respective websites. As excited as we are to see official specs, we couldn’t help but notice a few misprints. Memory Mix-ups: In our preview of the Foxconn H67S, we noticed that the product page listed support for four DDR3 DIMMs when the motherboard clearly only supports two. Intel has also made the same blunder. The official specifications for the DH67CF state it too supports four memory modules. As interesting as it would be to …
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ASRock E350M1 AMD Fusion Mini-ITX Motherboard

We bent the rules a couple of days ago to show you a preview of the new Gigabyte E350V-USB3 motherboard for the new AMD Fusion Brazos platform. While they’re still bent, we’re going to sneak in another preview, this time from ASRock, that they’re calling the E350M1. Although this motherboard won’t be on any enthusiasts short-list for a new mini-ITX gaming system, these new Fusion-based boards are surprisingly capable for a low power solution. The ASRock E350M1 popped up on a Vietnamese website about a month ago, complete with multiple photos and a few benchmarking results. The site claimed 3798 …
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Intel’s Take on Sandy Bridge Mini-ITX: DH67CF

With just days left until official announcements at CES 2011, it look like the details of Intel’s take on Sandy Bridge mini-ITX motherboards has popped up on a few German sites. Known as the Intel DH67CF, the board appears to have all the basics covered. The one oddity being reported concerns the RAM support on the board. The DH67CF provides two DDR3 slots for 240-pin modules at up to 1333 MHz. The specs released so far claim a maximum capacity of 16 GB, double what we’ve come to expect from other mini-ITX boards. We’ll have to wait until the official …
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Gigabyte GA-E350V-USB3 AMD Fusion Motherboard

We might have to bend the rules just a little bit in order to claim that the new Gigabyte GA-E350V-USB3 motherboard for the AMD Fusion platform is a mini-ITX gaming motherboard, but with all the hype recently surrounding Intel and the new Sandy Bridge platform, it’s easy to forget that AMD has a new product line in the works. They’re calling it an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) and Gigabyte has just released details on the first mini-ITX motherboard to support the new “Zacate” APU. Although not officially launched, the specs have been released. We say “bend” the rules because, although …
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Adata’s XPG DDR3L 1600G SO-DIMM

With our tally of DIMM to SO-DIMM mini-ITX motherboards standing at five-to-one, finding DDR3-1600 memory modules won’t be a problem for most ITX gamers. There’s a wide selection of 240-pin DDR3 modules to choose from. But what if you, like yours truly, are leaning toward the one? The ASUS P8H67-I. The sole Sandy Bridge H67 ITX motherboard that requires the smaller 204-pin SO-DIMM. Fear not, it looks like Adata has got you covered. In our Mini-ITX Memory Matters article a couple of weeks ago, we pointed out that NewEgg offers a grand total of one choice when it comes to 1600MHz …
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Foxconn’s First ITX Gaming Motherboard: H67S

It now looks like even the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical components is after a piece of the high-end mini-ITX motherboard market. Foxconn has posted a new product on their website, the H67S, a mini-ITX motherboard for the Intel Sandy Bridge platform. This board marks Foxconn’s first direct attempt at a gaming capable mini-ITX platform. Aside from a few apparent misprints on the website, like the one that indicates that the H67S supports 4 DIMMs and 16 GB of memory, Foxconn’s newest mini-ITX motherboard seems to come up a bit wanting in the light of other Sandy Bridge ITX options. …
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Zotac H67-ITX WiFi Motherboard

With CES 2011 just around the corner, motherboard manufacturers are continuing to tease us with information on their new Sandy Bridge LGA1155 products. Zotac has recently joined the ranks of those manufacturers with photos of their upcoming mini-ITX H67-based motherboard, the H67-ITX WiFi. Similar to its predecessor in many ways, right down to the bright orange and yellow colour scheme, the H67-ITX contains many of the features we’ve seen so far on other mini-ITX gaming boards. Board layout is virtually unchanged from the previous model, the H55-ITX, but there are a few new improvements, most due to the new Intel …