Looking at Intel’s new mini-ITX board that Scott wrote about earlier, but disappointed by the Celeron 215 processor? Gigabyte might have the answer with their slightly-larger but still compact Churchill mini-DTX motherboard, capable of sporting CPUs from the Athlon 64 or Sempron single or dual-core ranges.
Mini ITX boards are great, especially for those that love to mod and build custom machines. Intel has taken an interest in the standard and will be releasing their own Mini ITX board named Little Valley D201GLY.
I know that all of you modders out there just can’t wait for a smaller motherboard to cram into you newest custom-cases. It looks like the wait will be over soon. Via, who already makes some of the smallest boards around is gearing up for the release of their newest standard called pico-ITX. Measuring in at 3.9 x 2.8 inches, it only takes up half of space of their current Nano-ITX boards.
Looking at the picture, you can get a feel for the size by looking at how large the VGA and ethernet ports seem. Also, you will notice that those are the only two two ports that are built onto the board. Your other connections will be connected via pin headers, so be prepared to run plenty of cables.It is going to sport a C7 processor running at 1GHz, so it’ll run about anything you’d expect to run off of a system this small.
So once again, VIA is setting the new standard in tiny computing, much to the delight of modders everywhere. Now the only thing left to do is figure out what to put it in.
Via’s incredible shrinking mobo line spawns “pico-ITX” [via LinuxDevices]
Remember that ASUS could-be-a-SideShow gadget yesterday? Well, our predictions were confirmed with the news from the company that they’re offering a selection of new motherboards specifically designed to work with Microsoft Vista.
In addition to the “ScreenDUO” SideShow module, which can synchronise information from the PC or websites, display RSS messages and meeting schedules (among other things), the ‘boards come complete with a remote control for power, media control and quick-launching certain apps. Trusted Platform Modules and a start-up accelerator for use with Vista’s ReadyBoot feature round out the package.