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VIA EPIA PX10000 Pico-ITX Review
Posted on June 2, 2007 Go to:

External Overview

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The majority of the board is taken up by an extruded Aluminimum heatsink with a cutout for a fan in the centre. This covers all the major components of the board, leaving just the board connectors free. The heatsink is pleasantly small, measuring just 15mm in height with a 2mm gap above the board itself.

On the rear of the board are the only two "real" ports - the VGA connector and 10/100 LAN connector. Nestling behind the VGA connector is the familiar red CMOS reset jumper. The 12-pin Pico-ITX power connector is just visible on the far left of the board. To the left of the VGA connector is the COM (Serial Port) connector.

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Approaching from another angle we can see most of the pin connectors are in a row on the other side of the board. They are: USB 2.0 (4 ports); PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse; Front Panel connector (Power, Reset switches, Power, HDD LEDs, Speaker); DVI/LVDS; Audio and Multimedia connector. There's also a connector for the heatsink fan.

On the side is the black 44-pin 2.0mm pitch IDE connector (ATA 133/100) next to the S-ATA connector.

The board itself appears to be stackable, much like some of its PC/104 relatives. The heatsink extends fully to each three corners and has a 2mm hole running all the way through it, the motherboard and 5mm mounting nut below.

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On the reverse of the board we find the DDR2 533 SODIMM connector and the CR2032 battery holder. There are a lot of surface mounted components. We couldn't help but think VIA missed a trick with the battery holder - it sticks out a full 10mm above the surface of the board. Could they have shaved off 2 or 3mm here?

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The aerial shot again. All the connectors are visible.

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