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ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo (Zotac: IONITX-F-E)
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ZOTAC IONITX-F-E Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core) Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
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Rating: 8.32/10

Review Date: 09/18/13
Modest board ITX format. The WiFi functions prior to you place the outdoors line on it. I am running XP Residence with two one particular gig sticks. I am developing this for my Grandson. It has four SATA ports 3 inside and a single on the back. The onboard Video runs Hulu and Netflix at full rez. This little board runs rings around 񘈨 dual core Pentium machines from 5 years ago. I am operating the board with a 120 mm fan pluged into the CPU fan port and set at 75% speed. The chip stayed beneath 60 degrees. The Intel spec says it wants to be beneath 74 degress Centagrade. Runs complete size Tough drive and DVD drive just fine. Board requires a case with a power supply. The ITX case I used was quite tight on the heatsink. The back connector panel is a small weak. The ION video is as excellent as a common video card in a complete size machine. It is not a game machine unless the user is 5. New Egg ran this with a case as Unique. I seriously like the Zotec motherboard. Our IT may well make more to replace completesize computers. Most of these boards come with a brick to energy them, so make positive you get the appropriate board.

Review Date: 09/08/13
* It CAN in reality encode video from DVD to DIVX/XVID, etc(I utilised Handbrake -- the most up-to-date version as of this writing, and encoded a 1GB VOB file into an MP4 video in about 30 minutes with 2-pass at 1500 kbps bitrate)* as constantly, Zotac's Lifetime Restricted Warranty (at least, for US reisdents -- see their site for a lot more info) * Wireless card is junk (it only supports 1 antenna that is hardwired to the motherboard rear I/O panel). Maybe upgrading the card to a Wireless N could enable, but with the Wireless G card they give you, I can only get a 50% signal sitting only 15 feet away from my Wireless G router. It's OK is your router is in the similar room, but any a lot more than about 30 feet away and you possibly won't get a signal at all (unless you use a larger powered Wireless N router perhaps). The unit doesn't run the coolest. The OEM fan runs a bit loud, specifically at full load. The CPU and GPU don't run really cool either (they each idle about 35-40 degrees C most of the time). Get a case with a lot of airflow and this shouldn't be a challenge. SFF/ITX cases may possibly not provide enough airflow, unless you get one with a 120mm+ fan that moves air, or 1 that otherwise moves air away from the heatsink assembly.

Review Date: 09/08/13
This is the ULTIMATE mini ITX motherboard! I can\'t assume of anything much more I would want in a mini ITX package.Gigabit lan and Raid-five tends to make this the excellent board for a tiny media or file server. I have been waiting for sooo, so long for a mini ITX board that has Raid-5.HDMI implies I'll have a excellent way to attach it to my Television, and the Pci-E x16 slot leaves tons of doors open for future expansion - keep it in mind that an x16 pci-e slot can have x1, x4, and x8 pci-e cards applied with it as well. I see there are two fan headers on there - a 3pin DC and a 4pin PWM - that's a big pro. A fourth sata header would have been nice, but it's not that big a deal. Keep in mind, the atom 330 is a dual-core processor :) I'll be obtaining 1 of these for use as a file server and HTPC. I strategy on putting a Raid-5 of three 1.5TB WD Caviar Green drives on it - 3 terabytes of redundant storage :DI also program on pulling the WLAN card out of the mini-pcie slot, and placing a modest Ƙ or 16gb) mini-pcie SSD in there, for the machine to boot off of.

Review Date: 08/22/13
Runs a Windows 7 media setup smoothly Wifi is useless I went from 150W media center beneath load to about 55w with this board. All other elements stayed the very same. It dropped down to 5 - 8 W when you walk away before it went into standby (idle). The system would spend for itself in two years and you can sell your old setup.

Review Date: 08/21/13
Modest, compact, ION chipset for HD Runs abit hot, had to add the heatsink fan to come down to 45 degrees from around 90 with no it. Purchased this for a HTPC, operating windows 7 32bit with 4G ram. Running a haupaugge HVR-1850, runs abit hot in the Element Q case, but affordable. No HD stuttering at 1080P in Windows media center.

Review Date: 08/19/13
Incredibly really and very small when mounted in a Foxconn ITX case. Lots of video output alternatives. I anticipated good efficiency primarily based on other reviews but was extremely dissapointed. I tested the functionality using passmark 7. All round performnce was no far better than the Foxconn bare bones unit with 945GC graphics. I could have saved 贄 The 3D graphics tested fair at best. Ion graphics is suppose to be like a GeForce 9400 card. I know that GeForce 9400 is considerably better than this. Perhaps I am carrying out something incorrect. I am running windows Xp 32 bit and directx 9c. Probably Windows 7 64 bit and direct x ten would be greater. I am actually puzzled. Maybe an individual will read this and set me straight.

Review Date: 08/03/13
This board is tiny. I have in no way worked with such a nicely laid-out, compact board ahead of. Runs incredibly cool, unless below an extended load (at which point it reaches expected temperatures). This is the great board if you want to mod a retro gaming console into a media Pc, this board will most most likely fit inside a NES case, possibly even a SNES case!!! Its not the boards fault but considering that it is so small things like the cpu fan have way too much slack in their cord. By the time I got it place with each other I had wires everywhere.

Review Date: 07/26/13
Wonderful little motherboard, making use of mythtv .22 (Mythdora and with VDPAU viewing HD is wonderful. Able to view reside OTA and record in HD without having any troubles. Required 802.11N to view HD, 802.11g worked but not nicely. Added Hulu desktop, getting used to the way they look to stream in linux. None Knew going into it that it did not have the capability to straight present analog Tv out (Svideo), but will be receiving a converter for that.

Review Date: 07/25/13
A fantastic fit for my HFX Micro M2 fanless enclosure: Idles at about 40 degrees. Boots just fine without a keyboard plugged in, really crucial for my application as I am running it without having keyboard, mouse or monitor. My case has incredibly limited vertical clearance, and I needed to use VLP DIMMs and had to relocate my PicoPSU. Reduce-profile DIMM sockets and a correct-angle energy supply connector may well have helped. This isn't a complete critique due to the fact my application (Vortexbox server) doesn't even have a GUI, I'm not utilizing the wifi, onboard audio, and so on. Briefly booted it with a Linux Mint 9 DVD and that worked fine, and the ethernet worked with no a hitch. In all probability want to use the proprietary nVidia drivers for snappiest Linux video efficiency.

Review Date: 07/24/13
I purchased this board to build a 2nd HTPC. I installed Linux Mint with NVIDIA 195 drivers and VDPAU. I in a position to watch 1080p mkv files at 24fps with no hiccups or screen tearing making use of XBMC and the cpu is only runing at 5-15% thanks to VDPAU acceleration. Flash runs well also on flash ten.1. Installing linux on this board was a stroll in the park. It recognized every little thing. I employed the following PPA (ppa:nvidia-vdpau/ppa) to get the Nvidia drivers and VDPAU installed and i was up and operating in significantly less then 30mins and that includes downloading and installing Linux Mint. The included mini-pcie wifi card is garbage. I'm only finding 15-30% signal and my router is in the next space. My 9 year old iBook's airport card gets a better signal then this thing. I am lately waiting to get a Intel 3945ABG mini-pcie wifi card in the mail and i'm hoping i get far better final results with that. If you program on using Linux Mint and are getting screen tearing for the duration of video play back. Go into Look Preferences and set the visual effects to none. that should fix it.

Review Date: 07/23/13
Mini-ITX is fab form issue; adding onboard ION overcomes severe limits of Intel embedded graphics on previous mobo's I've utilized. The 3D isn't fast, but it operates. It was a bit pricey for the time in its lifecycle, with new intel CPU providing over the N330. BIOS help in overclocking is a key increase to get that last grain of pop out. Can't update the BIOS to get Fan Speed Control with no Windoz!?!?! Crazy. I read the manual and Zotac docs that stated it could use 2x4GB, and it price me ฽ to return them to newegg. The two black-finned 2x2GB chips appear far better and I like that passive cooling. The optional heatsink fan is a bit loud in a vented case; I'd leave that out subsequent time. Fan was 3 pin with four-pin mobo cpu fan socket, so I place it on the SYS socket. Appears to be exceptional top quality. All cables integrated, while the "L-shaped" SATA cable ends didn't operate in my tight quarters, as I employed a dual two.five" caddy in the floppy drive housing. Hard to find detailed docs on clock settings but I'll maintain testing, considering that I can reboot into a protected mode with the AMI BIOS.

Review Date: 07/20/13
Highly effective ION ATOM combo. Straightforward to OC to 2. GHz and runs stable and cool. It does have RAID 5, you have to allow raid in the BIOS as it's disabled by default.Runs HULU desktop full screen at 1920x1080 and it only gets choppy on the commercials, the shows are smooth.PciE x16 slot gives lots of area for add-ons later down the road. I have a 1xPciE tv tuner in mine proper now. Would have liked a DC version with the external energy supply. Not positive the mini PciE slot is compatible with anything but the wireless card in it.Flash performs ok, the new Adobe ten.1 pre release offloads some of the flash to the GPU to make a tiny smoother.

Review Date: 07/06/13
Modest kind factor. Ion chipset. Constructed in wifi. Almost everything supported by Mythbuntu.Provided as element of a newegg bundle with 2gb ram, really hard drive, slim dvd and Cooler Master Elite 100 case - but this case does not have space in the back for the PCI slot! That created it useless for my application as a Mythtv box that utilised a PCI-E television tuner card (Hauppauge 2250). BTW: A far better supported television tuner card for Mythtv is the Dvico FusionHDTV7 Dual Express tuner card.I got an Apex MI-008 case instead which has room for access to the PCI-E slot. Documentation poor. A fan is incorporated but I had to search around the net to find out how to mount it. Docs say that it should be utilised if your machine is in a "torrid" environment. Apparently it can be screwd onto the motherboards heat sink. I did not install it however - myth box nvdiia driver reports a temp of 85 degrees F and also says max ought to be 95 degress. I am burning in the program now and will see if the fan is required. I want my HTPC to be as quiet as possible. Make certain you get the appropriate case for this motherboard.

Review Date: 06/30/13
Extremely smallNice to have a PCI-e slot ྰx even).Wireless worked excellent with Windows 7 x64Runs quite cool even passivelyYou can OC it to 2. GHz quite very easily in the BIOSPlayed DVD's (don't know about bluray) and HD Tv just fine (ATI HD650 Television tuner)Uses incredibly tiny energy, even running full speed Had troubles with flash in 1080p even with Flash ten.1 Beta three. The Atom/Ion just could not hold up. Lost of stuttering and mismatched audio. Thought perhaps it was from me utilizing wireless, so I wired it up and had the similar concern.This was to be a replacement for cable, but with the problems with 1080p flash (mainly with Hulu Desktop, but was there with 1080p Youtube also), this was useless to me. Could not return it due to the no return policy on this (wish I had read that before I got it).I had higher hopes for this, but I assume the Atom (even a dual core at 2.) is just a tiny to underwhelming, even with the Ion for video. Possibly the final Flash 10.1 will repair it.I ended up going with a MATX construct using a 45 w AM2 CPU and 785g board, useing just a small a lot more energy and costing less (even immediately after I took a loss on promoting this Zotac board).

Review Date: 06/28/13
After assembly, I loaded win7 pro 64 bit, updated the drivers at nvidia's web site for the ION platform and that was it. Ran HDMI to my receiver and every little thing was great. On-board video has been in a position to handle everything I've thrown at it with out breaking a sweat. Documentation is really poorly translated. Comes with a fan that may possibly be a CPU fan, though it is not clear how it fastens onto the heatsink. My build is operating cool adequate without having it to not worry about it. If you want a low energy consumption board that can manage all of your HTPC demands with no a lot of fuss, I suggest this board highly. This was my 1st HTPC construct (but by no indicates my first make ever) and this motherboard has worked out like a dream.

Review Date: 06/15/13
*Great driver support from nVidia for Windows 7 (key!) tends to make it incredibly stable.* Functions wonderful with Windows Media Center and HD video more than HDMI.* All you want is storage, RAM, and possibly an optical drive. Really straightforward and rapid setup.*Runs pretty cool and is light on the power consumption. No concerns, it's been a pleasure.

Review Date: 06/14/13
wireless operates with ubuntu ten drivers no ion drivers however for linux generic nvidia drivers appear to operate for a monitor, but I have not been in a position to make 1080p come out of the HDMI - may well be due to other difficulties with linux. General, fantastic small type element board with out a fan. Watch out, this might not fit some slim mini ITX situations as the heatsink is at least 1.75 inches tall.

Review Date: 06/04/13
Tiny type aspect. Silent. Great for a devoted XBMC box. I've played 1080p mkvs, which would not play adequately on a Phenom X4 cpu, very smoothly. Hardware-accelerated video playback rocks!Runs Windows 7 quite nicely (considering the low-energy CPU).If you want a devoted HTPC box, you can't go incorrect with this board (or 1 of it's siblings). The manual doesn't assist. At all. Was expecting superior Hulu functionality with Flash 10.1 beta. It's close to acceptable playback for full-screen hulu videos, but not there but. Had some issues setting up HDMI audio on Linux. Turns out the "Line" audio was muted in alsamixer. (Not an concern with the board, but rather Linux).

Review Date: 05/04/13
works properly but, doesn't matter how very good it performs, if they don't send you the ษ rebate. Yes, Nice way of conducting organization! I'll consider twice ahead of purchasing a ZOTAC product. Manufacturer Response:Hi Chico,Sorry to hear you have not received your rebate! Please submit an inquiry to rebate@zotacusa.com (or submit a Help Ticket) and a representative will be content to assist you. Thanks!External Hyperlink(s): Support Ticket Submission|

Review Date: 03/16/13
The on-board Atom processor overclocks extremely simply to 2.1 GHz and is incredibly stable at this clock speed. CPU temp is acceptable even when overclocked, but the GPU can get a bit toasty (load at around 70C). The ion gpu can be overclocked also. I was in a position to get a 20% overclock with it.With the overclocked settings, the Aeon-Stark skin for XBMC runs quiet smoothly. Google "ion heatsink mod" if you want to improve cooling on the cpu and gpu. The atom cpu is incredibly weak, even the dual core model. This isn't an challenge if you're working with this as a house theater Computer, due to the fact the ION GPU should be carrying out most of the heavy lifting and has some respectable processing energy.However, if you want to do workplace function with this system or some light gaming, the CPU will hold you back.Following overclocking the board, I've attempted playing Heroes of Newerth. When playing at 1920x1200 and medium settings, I averaged 25 fps at the start off of games, but the framerate would dip into single digits when issues got hectic. To say the least, I felt it was a extremely poor gaming knowledge bordering on unplayable. Minimizing the resolution and settings had quite little effect on the FPS. Like I mentioned just before I believe the GPU is decent, but the CPU is holding it back in some applications This is a excellent board for an HTPC. It offers just enough graphical and cpu energy to play any of my video files when also operating my media library browser (XBMC) smoothly. It also is quiet small, enabling you to construct a home theatre Computer that's smaller sized than an Xbox 360 or PS3.That mentioned, it is lousy for common desktop use. If you are creating a desktop technique, this board offers extremely poor efficiency for the price tag. I'd recommend that you go with a common develop like an athlon ii, phenom ii, or core i3.

Review Date: 03/14/13
Purchased with being a media center in mind, and am incredibly pleased. The video excellent and capability is impecable for the price. I have not seen the hardware struggle however with something I have thrown at it (DVD's, Big Installations, 1 month to 1 year old video games). None. I would like it to have Virtualization, but I can deal with no. The BIOS is function rich with capability although. With the appropriate cooling, you can in all probability handle to pull alot more out of the tiny atom.

Review Date: 03/08/13
TBH this is a great motherboard all round, but.. Overview web page says "Fully N compliant" as properly as saying "A/B/G/N" compatible. The atheros wifi on the pc does NOT support 5ghz. This is implied by fully N compliant. In addition, no 5ghz signifies no A networking at all- that's flat misrepresentation of truth, no possibility that I didn't interpret properly. two.4ghz N will almost certainly be sufficient and if not I can run gigabit, it's just a pain. Nonetheless, when it's advertised and not there it's worth 2 eggs.

Review Date: 02/06/13
So far this board has run particularly cool. I don't have a heat-sink fan and my one case fan is on the lowest setting.It streams from Hulu, Netflix, and ESPN three excellent, as properly as any other websites I throw at it without a hiccup. The wireless isn't the greatest, but updating all of the drivers does enhance it a lot (still not fantastic though).I get a little lag when navigating through WMC, but I haven't attempted tweaking anything however to get rid of it. I don't DVR, I just stream on the net content material, and this board shines at the job. I constructed it with an Intel SSD so it boots Windows 7 in beneath 5 seconds. I'm in the browser prior to my DVD player can even finish loading.I've had the board running considering that mid-December of 2010. And because then have employed it almost every single day for about two.5 hours per day.I commonly don't shut the Pc down, just let it go into sleep mode on its own, and I haven't had any problems so far.My case is an Antec ISK 300-65 which is solid steel and has really good airflow, not to mention an external power supply. I could in all probability go totally fan-less if I set up the box in "tower" mode, as convection would offer enough cooling.

Review Date: 02/03/13
Outstanding attributes, HDMI output, runs cool and quiet in a cabinet with mediocre airflow. Tidy board with clearly marked plugs. Works tremendous as a HTPC though also serving media to 3 other computer systems in the house. ƒ gig RAM, 512k reserved for the GPU) Gave up on trying to get the resolution correct (connecting to 46" LCD tv) working with Ubuntu, even with most current drivers. Downloaded Windows 7 drivers and employed the adjustment feature to ultimately get it right. Not intuitive for newbies. I ended up running Windows 7 64-bit Ultimate for video resolution motives, but Ubuntu had no predicament discovering and supporting all of the hardware. With the kids watching movies or listening to music from the challenging drive, no concerns at all watching H.264 encoded films working with WMC. I'm tremendously pleased with this system.

Review Date: 01/29/13
Almost everything installed and worked correct out of the box - even loading and operating Windows 7 with no needing to load device & video drivers. Impressive, to say the least, thinking of the monitor I utilised to carry out the set up was working with the HDMI interface. None
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Product Features

Product Specifications

Combo Type Motherboard/CPU Combo
CPU Intel Atom 330 (1.6GHz, dual-core)
With Cooler Yes
Supported CPU
CPU Type Intel Atom
FSB 533MHz
North Bridge NVIDIA ION
Number of Memory Slots 2240pin
Memory Standard DDR2 667/800
Maximum Memory Supported 4GB
Expansion Slots
PCI Express x16 1
Mini Card Slots 1 x Mini PCI Express (occupied by WiFi module)
Storage Devices
SATA 3 x SATA 3.0Gb/s
SATA RAID 0/1/0+1
Onboard Video
Onboard Video Chipset NVIDIA GeForce 9400
Onboard Audio
Audio Channels 6 Channels
Onboard LAN
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
Wireless LAN WiFi IEEE 802.11 n
Rear Panel Ports
PS/2 1
Video Ports D-Sub + DVI
USB 1.1/2.0 6 x USB 2.0
S/PDIF Out 1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports 3 Ports
Onboard USB
Onboard USB 4 x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form Factor Mini ITX
Dimensions 6.7" x 6.7"
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 2 years limited
Labor 2 years limited
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