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PACKAGE CONTENTS & LAYOUT
The DG45FC doesn't come with many accessories just a couple of SATA
cables and an I/O shield. What it doesn't lack is paper Intel loves to provide
Mini-ITX motherboard layout is tough to criticize. With so little room to work with, fitting all the standard ports
is an achievement in itself.
As this isn't an imbedded Atom product, plenty of room is left around the CPU
socket. There is little clearance between the other ports,
slots, capacitors and other electrical components. Most notably the two fan
headers are directly adjacent to the first DIMM slot; a third party heatsink
could make these difficult to access, so it's not a bad idea to plug any fans
in before installing the CPU cooler.
Viewed from the side.
The board has two memory slots, which is plenty for most users. There are also
four SATA ports enough for a small file server, and a single PCI Express
1x expansion slot. While the southbridge is bare, the northbridge is cooled
by a large aluminum heatsink with multiple rows of fin, and held on via spring
clip. The cooler is 38mm high measured from the surface of the PCB.
Back panel connectors.
The back panel provides ports for eSATA, gigibit ethernet, S/PDIF, HDMI and
DVI pretty impressive for a mini-ITX mainboard. This is also the first
Intel all-in-one motherboard we've seen without a D-Sub VGA output it's
about bloody time.
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