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When it comes to mini-ITX motherboards, it's tough to criticize any choices
made in layout. With so little room to work with, fitting all the standard ports
is an achievement in itself.
The components on the GeForce 8200-ITX are packed in tight. There is a bit
of clearance between the CPU socket and chipset heatsink, but apart from that,
each piece is separated by a millimeter or two of space at most. The board has
two DDR2 memory slots and four SATA ports; IDE and Floppy connectors have been
left out to save space. The mini-ITX form factor allows one expansion slot,
with Zotac opting for PCI-E 1x instead of PCI. Half of the board's capacitors
are solid-state, a compromise between stability/longevity and cost.
At an angle.
The chipset heatsink is not very tall but it does take advantage of the area
occupied the fins are thin and numerous. The amount of voltage regulation
circuitry is limited and lacks extra cooling this is probably why 125W+
processors are not listed on Zotac's CPU
test report. Intel's mini-ITX
DG45FC is similar; it lacks Core 2 Quad support, probably for the same reason.
On the trace side of the motherboard there is a large plastic (but metal-reinforced)
CPU back-plate. It is a bit overkill for a board of this type, but welcome nevertheless.
The back panel has only a basic set of outputs. There are no advanced features
like eSATA or FireWire, but wireless (802.11 b and g) and HDMI are available
through the included adapters.
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