Zotac GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi: Good Things Come in Small Packages

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A board's layout is important in several regards. The positioning of components can dictate compatibility with other products (third party heatsinks mainly) and also ease of installation. Poorly placed power connectors can also disrupt airflow and make the system more thermally challenging.

The GeForce 9300-ITX has a black PCB with orange slots, conforming to Zotac's Halloween motif. The board is equipped with two DDR2 memory slots, two SATA ports, and a full-sized PCI Express 16x slot. There are two fan headers, a 3-pin header close to the 24-pin ATX power connector, and a 4-pin PWM header near the back pane.

The CPU socket is a bit cramped but luckily the capacitors in that area are of the short, solid-state variety. The chipset heatsink protrudes 38 mm up from the PCB surface and has plenty of surface area due to the way the fins have been cut up to resemble a bed of needles.

The back panel offers a veritable smorgasbord of connectivity. Available ports include HDMI, DVI, S/PDIF, and eSATA. The only notable omission is FireWire.

The board also ships with a WiFi module (VIA chipset) and antenna. The module screws into the back of the PCB, just below the audio ports.

Board with CPU, Alpine 7 Pro, memory and WiFi installed. The WiFi module takes up very little space topside and connects to the board via a USB header.

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