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VIA announces mini-ITX 2.0 form factor

VIA announces mini-ITX 2.0 form factor

Timothy Chen, Special Assistant to VIA's CEO, plants a smacker right on Drew Henry's forehead. A sign of true love...

VIA has announced the introduction of the mini-ITX 2.0 form factor here in Taipei and at the same time the company announced a partnership with Nvidia, which allows the pair to work together by delivering optimised PC platforms.

Richard Brown, head of marketing at VIA, said that the market is finally starting to “get” low-power platforms before stating that he took Intel’s attempts to lock down the mini-ITX form factor personally.

With the Atom family of processors, Intel has decided to drop PCI-Express and restrict motherboard manufacturers’ designs, he claimed.

Mini-ITX 2.0 is an open standard with a set of minimum specifications that are designed to “encourage the integration of the latest PC technologies into the small form factor market and to provide system integrators and end-users alike greater freedom of choice in configuring mini PCs and home media centres to deliver an optimised graphics, high definition video and computing experience,” explained Brown.

One of the minimum specifications is the inclusion of a 16-lane PCI-Express slot, which allows the inclusion of a high-performance graphics card. VIA said that this alone has pleased a lot of its customers and one customer that is extremely happy with this is of course Nvidia.

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Nvidia’s Drew Henry also spoke during the press conference and said that “Intel believes that you can’t split the Atom, while VIA has proved otherwise.” Henry spent quite some time talking about optimised PCs, but didn’t really add anything to the message it has been pushing out for around six months now – the combination of a balanced CPU and GPU delivers a balanced and very visual computing experience.

VIA showed a mini-ITX based motherboard with a GeForce 8600 GT running Crysis, BioShock and also a couple of high-definition movies. The performance was pretty impressive when you consider that all of this power fits into a form factor that’s just 17cm x 17cm.

The press conference finished with VIA’s Timothy Chen, special assistant to the CEO, kissing Nvidia’s Drew Henry on the forehead. Drew claimed that this was completely unscripted, but I think it shows how glad the two are to be working together in the small form factor market.

What do you think about mini-ITX 2.0? Let us know in the forums.

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DriftCarl 9th June 2008, 15:46 Quote
I think the performance of mini PC's is so good now that I dont need to spend loads on a traditional huge case and lots of expensive large components.

My next computer is defiantly going to be a nice small one and mini itx 2.0 does look quite good.
Xtrafresh 9th June 2008, 15:49 Quote
whoa, PCI-e x16 on mini-ITX? Sign me up! :D
antiHero 9th June 2008, 16:33 Quote
Anyone else noticed that it says 2x sata II but the pic shows 4 sata ports?
OleJ 9th June 2008, 16:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by antiHero
Anyone else noticed that it says 2x sata II but the pic shows 4 sata ports?

Anyone notice that the article says listing is of minimum specs? :)
antiHero 9th June 2008, 16:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by OleJ
Anyone notice that the article says listing is of minimum specs? :)

Ups
HourBeforeDawn 9th June 2008, 17:10 Quote
ya I no longer bother with large cases, I still with mid tower and sff cases now. This looks great too.
Bluephoenix 9th June 2008, 17:27 Quote
here is a neat idea:

Mod one right into a desk (with appropriate heatsheilding) and have the screen be the desk surface. my screen of choice would likely be a wacom cintiq.

the pc would definately be top drawer and as minimalist as you can get (puns intended)
Cobalt 9th June 2008, 21:27 Quote
Now some half hight graphics cards would be nice with this. Shame they are bloody hard to get hold of, at least thats my experience.
TomH 9th June 2008, 21:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cobalt
Now some half hight graphics cards would be nice with this. Shame they are bloody hard to get hold of, at least thats my experience.
Maybe this would make things easier?
Icy EyeG 9th June 2008, 22:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
whoa, PCI-e x16 on mini-ITX? Sign me up! :D

And I do hope that these motherboards are cheaper. One had to pay a lot for a Commell mini-itx-express motherboard (without CPU!!).... :(
xQlusive 11th June 2008, 19:44 Quote
mh its quiet nice, but the J&W 780G in itx-format is much hotter...

it also has 17x17cm size and also got a x16 slot...
another good thing is, that it supports up to 95W TDP "Phenoms" (so atm just the x3s), and are capable of Hybrid-CF....
all in all this is much faster than the via product...
I think it will all end up like 200 pounds for the board, 4050e, 2gig so-dimms ddr2-800 and a HD 3450...
Saivert 17th June 2008, 22:53 Quote
mini-ITX will not be cheaper. You have to pay a premium for the small size. Smaller always means more expensive. Just look at laptops. Miniaturization is a difficult thing.
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