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5 Atom Mini-ITX Boards Reviewed
Posted on Sept 23, 2008 Go to:

Intel D945GCLF - The Original Atom Mini-ITX Board

The D945GCLF was Intel's first Atom Mini-ITX board and arrived on the market in June 2008, but it wasn't their first foray into Mini-ITX. The Intel D201GLY was released in 2007 and used an embedded Celeron processor and SiS chipset and had just one IDE port. The D201GLY2 and D201GLY2A replaced this board several months later, keeping the SiS partnership but adding two SATA ports. With the release of the Atom, Intel took the plunge and used their own chipset - the 945GC with ICH7 I/O controller.

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Board and heatsink design is very similar to those previous two boards, presumably to keep costs down or hit the market quickly. The choice of ports harks back to the very first Mini-ITX boards released by VIA in 2002. Graphics output is VGA only. A 10/100 LAN port handles networking. Serial and Parallel ports. PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse connectors. Four USB 2.0 connectors. A PCI slot for expansion. One IDE port and (thankfully) two SATA ports.

But these are all the connectors many people need. These boards are never going to run Crysis. They are going to be selected for a specific task and put to work. The beauty of Mini-ITX isn't an overblown feature set - if you need different features, you select a different board. What this board does give is excellent value and a generous amount of processing power soldered directly onto the board - faster than current VIA C7 processors MHz for MHz.

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The Atom 230 CPU has an incredibly low 4W TDP, meaning the CPU can be passively cooled. The 945GC chipset is not so efficient - drawing about 20W by our estimates. The heatsink and fan actually sit on top of the 945GC chipset, and not the processor. The heatsink height is our only real gripe with the D945GCLF. It sits 45mm above the board, limiting compatibility with many lower profile Mini-ITX cases. Find a suitable case and the Intel D945GCLF board is perfect - and it's the cheapest of the bunch. We measured the total height of the board at almost 50mm.

Intel D945GCLF Mini-ITX Motherboard
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Processor1.6GHz Atom 230
Chipset945GC + ICH7
Memory1 x DDR2 400/533 DIMM slot (up to 2 GB)
GraphicsIntel GMA950 Integrated Graphics
AudioRealtek ALC662 4 Channel Audio
LANRealtek RTL8102EL 10/100Mbit Ethernet
Back Panel Connectors
1 PS/2 Mouse
1 PS/2 Keyboard
1 Parallel
1 Serial
4 USB 2.0
1 RJ45 LAN (10/100)
3 3.5mm Audio
Onboard I/O Connectors
1 PCI Slot
1 IDE Connector (UDMA 33/66/100)
2 SATA Connectors
1 USB Pin Header for up to 2 additional USB 2.0 Ports
1 9-pin Audio Connector
1 Front Panel Connector
2 Fan Headers
1 4-pin +12V P4 Power Connector
1 20-pin ATX Power Connector

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