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PHYSICAL DETAILS & LAYOUT
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.
Conforming to the mini-ITX form factor results in many of the board's
onboard connectors to be jammed right up against one another. The fan
headers next to the first DIMM slot are difficult to access depending
on the size of the CPU cooler used. The 4-pin ATX12V power connector and
USB headers are awkwardly placed near the back panel making making cable
The Northbridge is cooled by a large aluminum heatsink with long fins
resembling a bed of nails. The heatsink measures 38 mm high from the PCB
surface. The ICH7 Southbridge chip is left bare. The board has 3 SATA
ports, 2 DIMM slots, and a single PCI expansion slot.
The back panel only offers a single digital A/V output: DVI-D.
The DG41MJ with memory and Alpine 7 Pro cooler installed.
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