Zotac Announce two 880G AMD Mini-ITX Motherboardsby Ian Cutress on December 3, 2010 9:19 AM EST
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Both boards get the regular Zotac mini-ITX treatment. Onboard Wi-Fi via a mini-PCIe module, dual DDR3 slots supporting up to 8GB, a multitude of video out connectors, gigabit Ethernet, and a PCIe x1 slot. Both motherboards are supported with an AMD HD4250 GPU, and have HDMI + DVI back port connectors to match.
M880G-ITX - MSRP $229
The M880G-ITX uses the AMD M880G + SB820M chipset, and comes equipped with an AMD Turion II Neo K625 dual-core 1.5Ghz processor. Aside from this, we’re also looking at six SATA 6Gb/s ports, capable of RAID 5. This setup could make for a nice little home storage system. Apart from this, it might make for a simple machine that you might build for your Grandparents if they don’t play games, and do nothing taxing beyond word processing and looking at pictures.
As standard, the back panel comes with two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (another two possible via a pin header), a serial port, a HD Audio set of ports, a PS/2 keyboard connector and an optical S/PDIF output.
880G-ITX - MSRP $119
The 880G-ITX instead uses the AMD 880G + SB850 chipset, and comes sans CPU, accepting any AM3 processor up to a 95W TDP. Apart from this, the board isn’t too different from the M880G-ITX, except from two fewer SATA 6Gb/s ports and two more USB 2.0 ports.
With Sandy Bridge around the corner, we’re not too sure what Zotac want from these boards. The niche market they satisfy isn’t going to jump on them immediately, and they will have to be priced competitively to sell
(we're awaiting MSRP information from Zotac).
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OneArmedScissorB - Friday, December 3, 2010 - linkEh...I don't get it. Do you need 16GB of RAM for some weird reason? It seems like existing mini-ITX boards would suit you just fine, so long as you can bare to manage with a paltry 8GB.
And if not, there have been micro-ATX boards like that for ages, which aren't exactly horribly large for something that ought to be put out of the way.
Kibbles - Friday, December 3, 2010 - linkThere is physically not enough space for 2 x16 PCIe slots on a mini-ITX.
4 SODIMM might be doable, if they put them on the back.
Zelog - Saturday, December 4, 2010 - linkWhy would you require 802.11n on a network server with GbE?
wintermute000 - Saturday, December 4, 2010 - linkfor low power mini HTPCs or those who want a web browsing/email machine?
having said that, n or not I wouldn't want to trust 1080p streaming (multi gigabyte rips @ thousands of kb/s bitrate, not super compressed web 1080) to wireless.
halfflat - Sunday, December 5, 2010 - linkA real hassle for ITX has been the absence of any motherboard with ECC RAM support, which is pretty much necessary for anything other than a media player or games machine. With an AMD chipset, this could be the one!
Unfortunately there is no information about ECC support on Zotac's product page. If they included those traces on the motherboard, I would finally be able to build that tiny, tiny server! Anyone know any more about its ECC support or lack?
Crass Spektakel - Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - linkTootootoo..