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ZOTAC Z68ITX-A-E LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: For a mini-itx board, this thing packed full. Dual HDMI outs, USB3, onboard Wifi (or mSATA), the works.

Cons: This board supports Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 Ivy Bridge processors. HOWEVER! Out of the box, the BIOS that ships on the board does not support Ivy Bridge, only Sandy Bridge. There is a BIOS update on Zotac's site to add support.

This is important: The only way to flash the BIOS is to install a Sandy Bridge processor first. The board will absolutely not POST with an Ivy Bridge processor. The board will show a debug error code of 55 (which suggests a RAM issue, but that's not true).

Other Thoughts: Once you get the BIOS updated, this board is good. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. Ivy Bridge processors have only been out for a few months, and as such, there are a few Linux driver issues right now. There are patches and workarounds for them (mostly HD2500/HD4000 video bugs) currently and they are being mainlined.

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Jetway Mini-Top Atom Dual-Core 525 Intel NM10 NVIDIA ION2 with WiFi /Remote Control DDR3 Mini Barebone
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Fantastic machine for the price. I currently have 3 of these powering a digital signage app I'm building. They play back 1080p video inside Chrome flawlessly. I have 32GB SSDs and 4GB of RAM and Ubuntu 11.04 boots to a usable desktop in about 10 seconds.

Cons: The case cover doesn't quite snap on all the way. It's easy to accidentally slide the top cover off.

Other Thoughts: An excellent choice for a quiet home theater PC setup.

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Display Name: Matthew G.

Date Joined: 08/07/02

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  • First Review: 05/23/11
  • Last Review: 08/09/12
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