Tuesday, March 25th 2014

ECS Unveils the A78F2-TI Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

ECS unveiled the A78F2-TI, an interesting thin mini-ITX motherboard. Don't be fooled into thinking it's a socket AM1 board. It's socket FM2+, with the cooler mount hole design of Intel LGA115x. That's right, this is arguably the first AMD platform board with square, spaced out cooler mount holes. Don't get your hopes up just yet. Between an FM2 socket, and the APU's chunky IHS, there's more thickness than an Intel socket with a CPU installed. So it may not support all heatsinks. The board draws power from an external 2-pin power brick. It uses a 3+1 phase VRM to condition power for the FM2+ socket.

The A78F2-TI runs AMD A78 FCH chipset. The APU is wired out to two DDR3 SO-DIMM slots, and mPCIe slots. Storage connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include two HDMI ports, a DisplayPort, and an LVDS. Two USB 3.0, six USB 2.0/1.1 ports, gigabit Ethernet, and 6-channel HD audio make for the rest of it. The A78F2-TI is built not just for SFF builds, but also (and especially) all-in-one desktops.
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7 Comments on ECS Unveils the A78F2-TI Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard

#2
brunello
Very interesting, but I can't see the sata power for the hdd
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micropage7
by: brunello
Very interesting, but I can't see the sata power for the hdd
sata power? it draws from power supply not from the board
i miss something, it has sata power
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Jizzler
by: brunello
Very interesting, but I can't see the sata power for the hdd
Look again, it's near the SATA ports with the words "SATA PWR".
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brunello
by: Jizzler
Look again, it's near the SATA ports with the words "SATA PWR".
Yeah, now we need low profile cooler like that one for intel lga115x thin itx
Qnd of course.... we need the apu to be released!
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Cruise51
by: brunello
of course.... we need the apu to be released!
....fm2 o_O
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#7
brunello
Sorry, my bad, I tought about am1 apu.
That's fm2+, even better!

By now the only option in this form factor is lga1155 and here in Italy it's almost impossible to find one.
Hope that this will be available!
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