Mini ITX Owners Club and Discussion

Discussion in 'Portable & Small Form Factor' started by XoNikzDeVil, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Statts

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    Decided I wanted a gaming system again and something to do proper video encoding and quickly. m-ITX is too much of a hot box for that.
     
  2. Chewman_BG

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    fair enough. the itx system I'm building is just for LANs and for use in my MAME cabinet.
    video encoding and gaming (at home) I'll use my full ATX system lol.
     
  3. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Just saw one of these in the FS thread and thought I'd do some research.

    J&W MINIX 780g Mini-ITX motherboard.

    It runs on the 780G chipset, so HD3200 onboard, 128mb sideport memory, hybrid crossfire with the PCI-e slot, 4x sata, 7.1 sound (vs the ZOTAC's stero...)

    Review: * Support AM2+/AM2 CPUs (HyperTransport 3.0/1.0) including Phenom, Athlon 64 X2, Athlon 64 and Sempron but is limited to a 65W TDP.
    * AMD 780G northbridge with Radeon HD 3200 graphics and 128MB 800MHz Samsung K4N1G164QQ-HC25 DDR2 memory.
    * AMD SB700 southbridge
    * Two DDR2 1,066MHz/800MHz/667MHz SO-DIMM sockets supporting up to 4GB of memory
    * Realtek ALC885 premium 7.1 channel audio codec
    * Marvell 88E8056-NNC1 PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet
    * Ten USB 2.0 ports
    * One PCI-Express x16 slot (x8 electrical)

    The only problem i can see is that they only support a max of 65W but not sure if that is because of heat, or the motherboard. And also that the PCI-e slot is only 8x electrical.

    EDIT: The review says it's actually 4x electrical, so a no go for gaming :(
     
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  4. Statts

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    Great board for HTPC use, but yeah x4 isn't great if you want it for a gaming machine.
     
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    I had a Q9550 in my mini ITX but I went back to E8200 and I also got a H50 for my mATX if you want some pictures and specs I can get some a hint later if you want?
     
  6. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Did you get eh H50 in the SG05? :p
     
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    Nah Antec Mini P180 :p
     
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    Thus far I'm impressed with the Asrock ION 330

    ASRock ION330 Mini Barebone BLACK, Intel Atom 330 Dual-Core, 2x DDR2 (max 4G RAM), NVIDIA ION graphic(9300 GPU) DX10/HDMI/1080P, Audio 5.1, DVDR/W, Gigabit Lan, 195mm (W) x 70mm (H) x 186mm (L), 1.7kg (Need to add RAM & HDD, OS not included)
    $340

    2gig ddr2 memory - $50

    Storage = USB key

    T
     
  10. silentlightning

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    have a look here http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1340144 yes its a limitation but as far as acctual real performance drop its fairly minimal and say if you go with a 5770 you probably would only see mayby a 1-2% drop is FPS

    i have one here and it is awesome the only thing i find annoying is the 65W limitation which im not exactly sure what causes this but this is whats on the item description off where i got it from "Note: 95W or higher TDP processor models are not supported.(*Please note: Although this motherboard may support processors up to maximum 95W TDP, we STRONGLY recommend users to use processor of 65W or less for HTPC application since most mini-ITX/ HTPC casing and low-profile coolers have limited heat dissipation capability which would affect stability of the whole system under long-term usage.)

    which means you could probably find a nice processor that is low end enough that you know it wouldnt acctually get too near the 95W mark as some of the ones that just scrape into that catergory.
     
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    If you are just a every day gamer would be a alright set up :D
     
  12. silentlightning

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    Yeah its a decent little system that im very happy with how its running

    incase your wondering these are the specs
    J&W MINIX MINI-ITX 780G AM2
    AMD x2 250 3.0Ghz
    4GB DDR sodimm ram.
    ATI 5770 1GB(will be reverted to 8800GT after i get my DP-VGA adapter)
    640GB WD sata
    Slim Dell DVD rom
    SG05 -i have replaced the 120mm fan with a red LED antec.

    Ive been using this as my main machine whilst my other was going through an upgrade and im so tempted to not put my other one back as main as this one is setup really nice and flies.

    Zach Moore
     
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    Yeh I just got a new system but I only use mini ITX :lol:

    Got any pictures?
     
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    Yeh I was thinking bout putting a few lights in mine but cbf it works fine as it is :p

    Yeh the drives are worth mega $$ :(
     
  16. Jon.

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    Is there a reason why m-atx is less popular (seemingly from just browsing, I could be wrong) than m-itx ?

    Just a little curious
     
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    mini ITX is ALOT smaller ;)
     
  18. sammy_b0i

    sammy_b0i Laugh it up, fuzzball!

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    Hugely smaller.

    Now, I know I keep saying that i'm finished this build, but every time I go to finish it, I want to change something.

    This time it's going to be changing to ram down to lower profile ddr2 (think half height, same capacity) so that there is a better air flow from the intake fan. This will allow for more air across the components around the socket, so that I can run the cpu fan up into the psu as an exhaust. Was worried about the NB not getting much air.

    Also changing the E8300 to a Q9550 -.-

    Anyone want to buy an 8300?

    Will try to get pics, anything specific?
     
  19. silentlightning

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    micro ATX is not specificly less popular im pretty sure their sales would by far higher than mini-itx and it would largely just get grouped with ATX motherboards and mini-itx is to an extent a niche market(not so much anymore) who want systems with decent grunt and power in very small form factor.

    mini-itx is sexy.

    Zach Moore
     
  20. Chewman_BG

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    this.

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