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 Post subject: Intel & their love for PCI Slots
PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 5:20 pm 
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OK, I was just looking up some ITX boards, and I like the new D510 and NM190 chipset combos they have on newer ITX boards... except for that most are limited... meaning:

Many mobos have only 2 SATA ports - With people using SATA HDDs and DVD burners, this really doesn't work out too well...

Many of them have only a single PCI expansion slot... no PCI Express... just PCI. PCI is pretty much dead, in my opinion (unless you're still holding onto an older PCI sound card or NIC).


Anyway, I found that these specs are common across many manufacturers selling the newer Intel Atom-chip boards. Why can't Intel get it right and at least put a PCI Express x1 slot on their boards (for network cards or sound cards)???


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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2010 9:02 pm 
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The NM10 is ITX afterall, and not a desktop by any stretch. It's only capable of 2 S/ATA 3G and 4 PCIe lanes with it's two chip design. This is fine for the majority of ITX builders since their use is a NAS box or netbook type station with limited needs (kid's PC?). If someone wants more, then the chipset just doesn't allow it and has to go looking at the other chipped boards.

This is exactly what ITX buyers wanted and they delivered nicely. We simply don't game or listen to music on NAS or backup server, so no need for a crap load of slots or S/ATA ports.


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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 12:11 pm 
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I guess I'm just looking for something to make into an HTPC that can play Blu-Ray and 1080p HD content (or at the very least, just play Blu-ray discs, along with standard def content which I think the Atom is very capable of doing at least the latter).

I also want something that can be used as a file server as well, and maybe play music, so I'm thinking at least a PCI-E x1 slot (1) would be good, and two DIMM slots for up to 4GB of RAM, and probably at least 3 SATA ports... so it looks like I'm back to looking for an Nvidia ION board...


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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 12:14 pm 
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How about a Core i5 Mini-ITX motherboard?

Looks to be exactly what you want.
>3 Sata ports (one even has 6!)
2 or more DIMM slots
A PCIe slot

No need to go Atom in this case.


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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2010 2:10 pm 
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I considered getting a mini ITX board that took either a Socket 775 CPU or AMD cpu, but I want a really low-wattage setup, and the 30-35 watt power consumption on the ION boards was desireable.

Basically, I don't want the entire system to draw more than 30-40 watts per hour from the wall, since it will be on all the time.


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