ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
XtremeComputing have posted a review of the ZOTAC IONITX-F-E, a mini-ITX motherboard that is based on the Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor and NVIDIA ION chipset.
Here's what they had to say:
"The Zotac IONITX-f-e certainly isnt a power house, but then it was never intended to be. It does what it does and it copes with it very well, as a general purpose pc it is great for surfing the web, maybe doing some light office work or even the odd bit of photo editing, as a media pc it is nothing short of excellent it will cope with high definition video like water off a ducks back, to coin a phrase. Even though it has a PCIE x16 slot I dont think it will make a serious gaming pc, a light weight lan box maybe when coupled with low power graphics card for some occasional medium res gaming, anything more will more than likely be seriously bottlenecked by the Atom CPU. I will say one thing though it is not cheap at £140+ and unless you specifically want the PCI Express slot there are cheaper comparable boards out there from Zotac."
The Atom 330/ION platform is the perfect combo for a non-gaming HTPC. Having said that, motherboard manufacturers will soon be releasing products based on the new Intel Pinetrail platform (ie: second-generation Atom) so definitely keep an eye out for those.
Click here to read the full review.
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