J&W doesn't have much of a presence in the U.S. (Evertek Computer Corp. is the only U.S. vendor listed on J&W's "Where to Buy" page), and chances are, you've never heard of them. But if J&W continues to release motherboards like the Minix 890GX-USB3, the company won't remain obscure for very long.
Their latest Minix board is built around the mini-ITX form factor and is the first such board to support both USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps. As you might have guessed, it's powered by AMD's 890GX IGP chipset, which includes onboard ATI Radeon HD 4290 graphics with DirectX 10.1 support.
Packing a lot of power into a small package, the Minix 890GX-USB3 also comes built around AMD's AM3 socket and boasts support for the Phenom II series, including AMD's latest six-core processors, as well as the Windows-based Core-Unlocking utility.
"We planned to launch this motherboard since 2009 and the specification was revised several times to make it the 'best-of-the-best' mini-ITX motherboard on the market. Many users have the misunderstanding that small cannot be powerful, or mini-ITX is only capable to play HD videos, and we wanted to prove that mini-ITX can be small and powerful," said Ken Wong, Product Marketing Manager of J&W Technology Ltd.