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Hardware MSI Shows Z97 Motherboards Including Mini-ITX

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Combatus, 15 Apr 2014.

  1. Combatus

    Combatus Bit-tech Modding + hardware reviews Staff Super Moderator

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    mikemaher205 New Member

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    Does the M.2 slot mean a small SSD can be mounted directly to the motherboard? Sorry for the n00b question.
     
  3. montymole

    montymole Rigid Tubist

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    i would of liked to seen the 8pin and the 24 pin connectors next to each other at the edge of the board like the Asus ones
     
  4. montymole

    montymole Rigid Tubist

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    yes and the M.2 is a faster then the mSATA
    one i think
     
  5. littlepuppi

    littlepuppi Currently playing MWO and loving it

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    Indeed - about 30% quicker I think (than SATA 3) which is what MSATA is - a direct attached SATA drive.
     
  6. IanW

    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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    Wonder how many PCIe lanes it'll use?
     
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    play_boy_2000 It was funny when I was 12

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    A pair of 3.0 lanes, providing just shy of 2GB/s throughput; 3x as much as sata 6gbit
     
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    For once the stars have aligned,

    ...my new PC build is going to coincide with an Intel CPU/Mobo refresh as well as falling RAM and SSD prices.
     
  10. jrs77

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    That mITX-board looks damn nice tbh.
     
  11. SchizoFrog

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    Are you sure about that? I am waiting for later in the year once full blown Maxwell GPUs are unleashed.

    P.S. Am I the only one who thinks that the shield logo/design looks like a sports car badge? Not sure I really want my PC to look similar.
     
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  12. SchizoFrog

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    Bit-Tech:

    I have noticed over my last few posts that when I post, I get directed straight to the forum pages rather than staying within the article. Is this a change at your end or something funky going on at mine? It's rather annoying not being able to scroll up to the article to check a detail if needed.
     
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    I particularly love how the front panel, power, SATA and audio connectors are scattered all about on the m-ITX board instead of being neatly consolidated...
     
  14. jopers1986

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    Is the release date for these still mid may? I have literally JUST bought the MSI Z87 gaming m-itx... ops! Possible should have waited, but not to fussed though, i'm not exactly and "enthusiast" and needed a new PC!
    Any idea on costs of these?
     
  15. DarkFear

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    That ITX board does look pretty.

    However, judging from that red RJ45 socket I assume their still using that KILLER NIC...thing on these boards?

    Not really a fan of KILLER based on past experience... :/

    Wonder if their using it "just because " or if INTEL charges more than KILLER for NICs?
     
  16. AlienwareAndy

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    They're doing it because Killer NIC is a gaming designed product. IE - a gaming network card. As poor as they may actually be IRL they will appeal to gamers.

    I have one in my gaming rig and whilst I can't really say it improves anything I must admit I'm smitten by the software because it's just so easy to use.
     
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    While I love MSI boards their ITX layouts are terrible... I hate the CPU socket so close to the PCI-E.
     
  18. Dave Lister

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    Love the socket cover on the ITX board - "Install Processor Before Removing Cover" hmm I think thats beyond my skill set.
     
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