AOpen show Mini-ITX boards at CES
January 07, 2006
Regular readers of this site have known the benefits all along, but finally a major motherboard manufacturer is testing the water. AOpen have displayed two Mini-ITX form factor motherboards at CES, both with rather desirable specifications.
The MoDT i915GMt-FA (pictured above) is a Pentium M powered board, using Intel's 915GM chipset. It has two DDRII RAM slots, dual Gigabit LAN, 1394 Firewire socket, a PCI slot, 2 SATA connectors, a 40 pin IDE connector, VGA, DVI and both S-Video and YPbPr Outputs. Power is provided through a 4 pin Molex connector, slightly less bulky than the more standard 20 pin ATX connector. The board was displayed without a CPU installed, but with a heatsink on the Southbridge and a meatier one (presumably) on the Northbridge. With current Pentium M CPUs we'd expect a fan and heatsink arrangement - AOpen quote under 30 dBA for the board in operation.
The MoDT i945GTt-VFA is the first board we've seen to support the Intel Core Duo processor (aka Yonah), courtesy of Intel's 945GT chipset. It has two DDR2 SODIMM slots, dual Gigabit LAN, DVI, VGA, S-Video, and Composite outputs, one Mini-PCI slot, 2 SATA connectors, a 40 pin IDE connector and the same 4 pin Molex power connector as the i915GMt-FA. Beyond that details are scarce - we'll let you know when more information becomes available.
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