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News Gigabyte launches ultra-thin mini-ITX motherboards

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 21 Feb 2013.

  1. Gareth Halfacree

    Gareth Halfacree WIIGII! Staff Administrator Super Moderator Moderator

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    surely once you add the HSF, all that hard work goes to waste?
     
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    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    Awesome. Especially if you look for low-power CPUs and pair that thing with passive cooled cases like the Akasa Euler or the Streacom lineup. With the integrated PSU it's even better.

    I especially like the PCIe 4x slot, as it's not a dedicated PEG slot, so you can use it for a DVB S/T dualtuner. Another good thing is the LVDS-port, so you can internally connect LCDs, which are available with touch for little money.

    This screams for a really good HTPC and now we have options other then the intel DQ77KB.
     
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    Probably no vt-d support and realtek NIC, I think I'll stick with DQ77KB.
     
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    If height reduction is the goal, why aren't the side connectors angled? :confused:
     
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    Corky42 What did walle eat for breakfast?

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    Angled sata cables ?
     
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    PCIe x4?
    Oh, this is of super high interest for gamers...
     
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    Who said gamers? This for AIOs and people who want to build stupid-small systems.

    I wouldn't be up for paying much of a premium, as it's certainly not 43% shorter than the ASRock ITX board sitting next to me here - closer to 25%, and that's because the tallest thing on it is the audio on the rear I/O - 6-channel plus optical.) From the look of the board above, it's only got mic in and stereo out. Integrated PSU is nice, though - tallest thing on mine is the Pico-PSU plugged into the 24-pin connector (on the other hand, with the right PSU and AC/DC converter, I could power any IB processor I damn well please...)

    Second on Xir's comment as well - no right-angle SATA at all? How stupid.
     
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    faugusztin I *am* the guy with two left hands

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    PCIe x4 3.0 is equal to PCIe x8 2.0, which is equal to PCIe x16 1.1. Are you still sure you did want to say that ?

    PCI-E 2.0 x4 vs PCI-E 2.0 x16 equals to 4% loss : http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/HD_5870_PCI-Express_Scaling/25.html . And we are at PCI-E 3.0 now, which is not used much at all (most cards have sub-PCI-E 2.0 x16 bandwidth requirements, if not all). Are you still sure you did want to say that ?
     
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    You don't need the SATA-connectors actually, as this board has two mSATA ports allowing for a WiFi-card and a mSATA SSD.

    Additionally, the PCIe 4x is actually very nice, as it lets you use a DVB-T/S dualtuner card, which normally doesn't work in a dedicated PCIe x16 PEG-slot.

    So, can you say HTPC with DVB-T/S dualtuner, WiFi card, onboard SSD and all of this in a box as small as 250x180x30mm (WxDxH), probably passively cooled with heatpipes attached to the enclosure.?
     

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