: Mini-ITX choice?


wozman
2011-06-16, 12:50 PM
I am still trying to decide on the following two Mini-ITX boards. Any info greatly appreciated......I have decided on MINI-ITX.

ZOLTAC MINI-ITX
http://canadacomputers.com/product_i...item_id=034764
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813500056

GIGABYTE MINI-ITX
http://canadacomputers.com/product_i...item_id=031933
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128448

Thoughts???
Thanks

ScaryBob
2011-06-16, 01:19 PM
The links don't work. Retail links are not allowed either so I suggest you just provide the model number or link to the manufacturers' web pages. Other than that, maybe there are some reviews on the NewEgg site. It would also help if you can say what the boards will be used for other than just HTPC.

wozman
2011-06-16, 01:45 PM
My apologies....didn't know about the retail links.

Manufacturer links,

Zotac:
http://www.zotacusa.com/zotac-h55itx-a-e-lga-1156-mini-itx-wifi-intel-motherboard.html

Gigabyte:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3455#ov

I would like to use it as a Home Theatre PC, with a blu-ray reader on it, plus the odd streaming from a desktop. The wireless on the Zotac is a nice bonus. Using it as an internet browser from the living room too.

Does that help,

ScaryBob
2011-06-16, 02:54 PM
Intel's integrated LGA 1156 graphics has a bug that makes it skip frames with BD playback. That's one reason to avoid it. You might also want to review HTPC Builds with Sandy Bridge Processor (http://www.digitalhome.ca/forum/showthread.php?t=138359).

I've also read reports that the Zotac WiFi does not work well but don't know if that applies to this board.

I am waiting for mITX boards to ship with the new AMD Neo processors (http://www.pcworld.com/article/196109/amd_introduces_new_laptop_chips_to_close_gap_with_intel.html ) or next generation Intel processors (with a video bug fix) before attempting an mITX build. In the meantime, there are some good mATX boards available.

recneps77
2011-06-16, 06:08 PM
I'd get an (AMD) e350 board, fanless.