We know how it is. You really want a sweet Intel Core i7 PC, but it has to be small. No, small is the wrong word; it has to be
. The new
small form factor motherboard may be just the thing. Measuring a mere 95 x 125 mm you’d expect this board to be running an Atom or maybe even an ARM CPU. In fact, it runs a Core i7-620M clocked at 2.66GHz, and has 8GB of DDR3 RAM.
The board has integrated graphics with Intel Flexible Display Interface (FDI) allowing two simultaneous outputs via HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort, or SVDO. The architecture can support up to 5 PCI Express lanes, 8 USB ports, 3 SATA, one EIDE, and a gigabit Ethernet port.
It is certainly impressive considering the form factor. Congatec isn’t quite sure what the BM57 will be used for as of yet, but threw out gaming devices and medical imagery as options. We've got our fingers crossed for an HTPC.