Thursday, December 2nd 2010

ZOTAC Unleashes Duo of AMD 800 Series Mini-ITX Platforms

ZOTAC International, a leading innovator and the world’s largest channel manufacturer of graphics cards, motherboards and mini-PCs, today unleashes a duo of mini-ITX platforms designed for optimal energy-efficiency, home theatre PC and powered by AMD 800 series chipsets – including the world’s first AMD mobile-on-desktop platform - the new ZOTAC M880G-ITX WiFi - and the socket AM3 compatible 880G-ITX WiFi.

Powered by AMD 800 series chipsets, the ZOTAC M880G-ITX WiFi and 880G-ITX WiFi platforms deliver a premium AMD experience in a mini-ITX form factor with USB 3.0, SATA 6.0 Gb/s and 802.11n WiFi technologies. High-performance integrated ATI Radeon HD 4200 series graphics processor enables stunning visuals with Microsoft DirectX 10.1 technology.

ATI Avivo HD technology provides the ZOTAC M880G-ITX WiFi and 880G-ITX WiFi with hardware decode acceleration for flawless playback of 1080p high-definition content – online and offline.

“ZOTAC is the world leader when it comes to high-definition-ready mini-ITX platforms. We are able to provide an energy-efficient AMD platform with the new M880G-ITX WiFi, while the new 880G-ITX WiFi introduces socket AM3 compatibility to our mini-ITX product line up,” said Carsten Berger, marketing director, ZOTAC International.

The ZOTAC M880G-ITX WiFi brings notebook levels of energy-efficiency to the desktop with a combination of AMD Turion II Neo Dual-Core K625 mobile processor and ATI Radeon HD 4200 series graphics processor – components from the 2010 AMD Ultrathin Platform. For more performance-demanding tasks the ZOTAC 880G-ITX WiFi is the ideal mini-ITX form factor for AMD Phenom II, Athlon II and Sempron processors.

Compatibility with socket AM3 processors empower the user to select the right amount of processing power for their computing demands – whether its single, dual, tri or quad-core processing – with the ZOTAC 880G-ITX WiFi.

It’s time to play with the ZOTAC M880G-ITX WiFi and 880G-ITX WiFi.

Product Name

M880G-ITX WiFi

880G-ITX WiFi

Chipset

M880G

880G

South Bridge

SB820M

SB850

GPU

ATI Radeon™ HD 4200 Series

ATI Radeon™ HD 4250

CPU

AMD® Turion™ II Neo K625 (dual-core, 1.5 GHz)

Socket AM3 (AMD® Phenom™ II, Athlon™ II, Sempron up to 95-watt TDP)

System Bus

HyperTransport™ 3.0

Memory support

2 x DDR3-800 DIMM slots

2 x DDR3-1333 DIMM slots

Memory capacity

Up to 8GB

Expansion

PCI Express x1

PCI Express x1

SATA

6 SATA 6.0 Gb/s

4 SATA 6.0 Gb/s

Display outputs

HDMI, dual-link DVI & VGA (with included adapter)

WiFi

802.11n

Ethernet

10/100/1000Mbps

USB

2 USB 3.0 ports

6 USB 2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 2 via pin headers)

2 USB 3.0 ports

8 USB 2.0 ports (4 on back panel, 4 via pin headers)

Audio

6-channel high-definition audio

HDMI audio output

Optical S/PDIF output

DirectX® support

DirectX® 10.1 with Shader Model 4.1

Other hardware features

OpenGL 2.0 , ATI Avivo™ HD technology

Windows® 7 capability

Certified for Windows*7 premium

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19 Comments on ZOTAC Unleashes Duo of AMD 800 Series Mini-ITX Platforms

#1
AlienIsGOD
Im liking the 2nd board and its 95w limit, plent of options to fill that socket with :rockout:

I would use a setup like this to Crunch on, its so small its like a set it and forget it type deal.
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#2
Quake
Too bad that it doesn't have PCI-E x16 :/ :(
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Quake
Too bad that it doesn't have PCI-E x16 :/ :(
My thoughts to.
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#5
Zubasa
First time seeing Zotac making AMD products.
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#6
DaedalusHelios
by: Quake
Too bad that it doesn't have PCI-E x16 :/ :(
If an ITX board doesn't have a PCI-Express x16 or any of its flavors, then you might as well forget even light gaming at 1080p/1200p. It would be better to just use an ION/ION2 Dual core Atom build. :(
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#7
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
I like this really, should perform better than solutions with integrated Atom/ION parts, and if your game to cut the connector down on say, a low profile GTS450 to pcie-1x, i bet it would game really decently.

still the Gigabyte mini ITX HM55 board is the king of mini-ITX for the time being, until sandy bridge I bet.
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#8
gvblake22
by: Quake
Too bad that it doesn't have PCI-E x16 :/ :(
Yep, deal breaker for me too (not that I was waiting for this particular product anyway).
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#9
Mussels
Moderprator
the 1x slot works for me, slap in an e-sata card and away i go.... tiny ass media PC/HTPC with heavy (External) storage capabilities.
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#10
DaJMasta
The K625 is an interesting choice for the embedded platform version.... should be decently powerful while still being pretty light on the power consumption.

If you're looking for 880G and PCI-E, ASUS has had one out for some months now:
http://www.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=jGAoIFEziW5sPYy7


Nice to see some competition, and I do still like what Zotac does in terms of making new designs, especially for small form factors... but after a rather bad set of experiences with one of their boards I doubt I'll go to them for my next ITX needs.
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#11
micropage7
simple board with many features, unfortunately has no pciex
But this is kinda nice board anyway
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
by: micropage7
simple board with many features, unfortunately has no pciex
But this is kinda nice board anyway
it has a 1x slot
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#13
dir_d
Seems like the built this specifically for the HTPC crowd. Im going to be building one soon and i like this so far.
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#14
suraswami
Looking to build a itx mobo based sand box for a while, may be if its cheaper than the Asus 880G itx board then I will buy one of these.
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#15
Hayder_Master
ZOTAC become made AMD products????? didn't they should try made some ATI cards first!!!
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#16
wahdangun
by: DaedalusHelios
If an ITX board doesn't have a PCI-Express x16 or any of its flavors, then you might as well forget even light gaming at 1080p/1200p. It would be better to just use an ION/ION2 Dual core Atom build. :(
wew, its faster than atom based light year ahead.
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#17
TheLaughingMan
by: Mussels
the 1x slot works for me, slap in an e-sata card and away i go.... tiny ass media PC/HTPC with heavy (External) storage capabilities.
Why is everyone mad because they can't "game" on this. It is build to be a small HTPC box. The 1 PCIE slot is for a TV tuner. With either, you could build your own media center box with a slim blu-ray drive, and a laptop HDD on this platform and get it all into a box about the size of a current gen WD external or Wii.

Like say this: Antec ISK 300

You could also use the 880G-ITX in that same case with a AMD Quad core 640 or Triple core 440 and have a super small but very powerful desktop for normal people.

I do have too issues. Why are the cords for the fan and wireless antenna so long? I know those are minimum standard lengths, but why do it on a board this short?

Second, I have never seen DDR3-800 RAM. As far as I know, there has never been DDR3 RAM slower than 1066, so why not use that as the standard speed?
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#18
Quake
You won't spend that much into small htpc just for videos or stuff like that... There is atom for that and it is cheaper
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#19
TheLaughingMan
by: Quake
You won't spend that much into small htpc just for videos or stuff like that... There is atom for that and it is cheaper
ATOM ITX boards with the built-in processor you can never change that match these specs would be in the $150+ range. I can get a single core Sempron 140 that will eat an Atom alive for $32. So unless the 880G-ITX is over $120, no the intel setup would not be cheaper.

I am sure I could find a cheaper built; but finding one cheaper that can match this platform in specs and power would be impossible right now.

And if I personally put a Triple or Quad core processor in this build, it would be used as a small form factor desktop PC, not an HTPC. With either and the HD 4250, it will do everything you need and then some, with ease.
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