Wednesday, May 27th 2009

ASUS Preparing Atom-Based AT3GC-I Mini-ITX Motherboard

ASUS is preparing a new motherboard for DIY nettop builders. The AT3GC-I Mini-ITX motherboard, using an Intel Atom processor, takes care of the basics. The motherboard uses a common fan-heatsink to spread the heat between an Intel Atom 330 dual-core processor, Intel 945GC northbridge, and ICH7 southbridge. Memory support is covered by one DDR2 memory slot supporting a DDR2-533 module, and storage is care of two SATA and one IDE connectors. A standard PCI slot provides expansion. 6-channel audio and 10/100 Ethernet make for the rest of the mix. ASUS may use the Computex event as a launch vehicle for this entry-level motherboard.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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26 Comments on ASUS Preparing Atom-Based AT3GC-I Mini-ITX Motherboard

#1
newtekie1
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Am I the only one that would like to see ASUS(or anyone) put out an Atom 330 board using the ION platform with some decent overclocking options in the BIOS?
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#2
Mussels
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what a ghetto cooling solution.

"Sir, the heatsink half the size of the board didnt do it! what should we do!"
"i have a 40mm fan... and some screws. lets do it!"

I just dont want to go near these things, so long as they have intel onboard video.
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#3
Cheeseball
If it had three of those 40mm fans in an array (and one 3-pin/4-pin connector), it would've been nice, but loud.
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#4
crtecha
by: Mussels
what a ghetto cooling solution.

"Sir, the heatsink half the size of the board didnt do it! what should we do!"
"i have a 40mm fan... and some screws. lets do it!"

I just dont want to go near these things, so long as they have intel onboard video.
ditto onboard intel is terrible I have to use it everyday at work......
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#5
newtekie1
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I have to use it every day on my netbook, it works, just not for gaming.
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#6
to6ko91
by: newtekie1
Am I the only one that would like to see ASUS(or anyone) put out an Atom 330 board using the ION platform with some decent overclocking options in the BIOS?
overclock on mini-ITX ...:eek::shadedshu think again its like spliting the atom with a fork and knife :banghead:

P.S. zotac has atom 330 & ion chipset ;)
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newtekie1
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by: to6ko91
overclock on mini-ITX ...:eek::shadedshu think again its like spliting the atom with a fork and knife :banghead:

P.S. zotac has atom 330 & ion chipset ;)
What would be the problem with overclocking on a mini-ITX?:laugh:

Would it really be that hard to program in some basic voltage control, FSB control, and memory options into the BIOS? I'm not saying make a beastly overclocker, just something with some basic options to let us tinker a little.

And I know about the Zotac board, but no overclocking AFAIK.
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#8
lemonadesoda
Boring boring boring. We dont need ANOTHER Atom on a 945GC northbridge.

Zotac Atom 330 + ION is the most interesting board so far.


by: newtekie1
Am I the only one that would like to see ASUS(or anyone) put out an Atom 330 board using the ION platform with some decent overclocking options in the BIOS?
See Anantech. IIRC he OC the Atom 330 on ION already. http://www.anandtech.com/weblog/showpost.aspx?i=602

Even the OC 330 didnt quite give it enough horsepower for playing "flash" based video.
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#9
newtekie1
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I was actually just reading that, after reading a review on the Zotac board and finding out it does have a few overclocking options(though CPU voltage is still saddly missing).

The problem I have with the Zotac board is not expansion slot, the 9400 is ok, but I'd prefer to be able to put something a little more beefy in there if I wanted.

by: lemonadesoda
Even the OC 330 didnt quite give it enough horsepower for playing "flash" based video.
I'm sure it doesn't help that the flash based renderer is horribly inefficient, he even comments on this in the article, and even mentions that more powerful systems struggle with Hulu.
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#10
Static~Charge
by: newtekie1
The problem I have with the Zotac board is not expansion slot, the 9400 is ok, but I'd prefer to be able to put something a little more beefy in there if I wanted.
If you want a mini-ITX board with more options, take a look at the J&W MINIX 780G-SP128MB. Sure, it'll use more power, but it also has much better performance and expansion.
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#11
MRCL
by: to6ko91
overclock on mini-ITX ...:eek::shadedshu think again its like spliting the atom with a fork and knife :banghead:

P.S. zotac has atom 330 & ion chipset ;)
I wait till the first waterblock for Atoms comes out:laugh:
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#12
PlanetCyborg
atom 330 + mobo with a PCI-e x16 would be nice!!!(i would use it as a htpc)
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#14
Mussels
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by: Static~Charge
If you want a mini-ITX board with more options, take a look at the J&W MINIX 780G-SP128MB. Sure, it'll use more power, but it also has much better performance and expansion.
the minix is a sex god, however that slot is only 4x electrically. not that you'd stick a 4870x2 in one of these things, but it must be noted.
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#15
Weer
Oh great, we get a cooler half the size of the board (yes, it's funny - thank you, Mus), but no overclocking options.

And to everyone who wants to use PCIex16 graphics cards - An average Mini-ITX power supply gives a maximum of 100-120w, with the sole point of reaching the lowest power consumption possible (~5-10w for the CPU, 15w for the chipset unfortunately, etc.).. you're not going to be able to run anything better than an IGP. And the reason I didn't go with ION? It's useless - I can play 1080p video on Atom 330. Anything else.. is just like this cooler - useless. Actually, ION is ever worse. At least this cooler (potentially) allows for lower power consumption, while ION takes more power undoubtably.
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newtekie1
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by: Static~Charge
If you want a mini-ITX board with more options, take a look at the J&W MINIX 780G-SP128MB. Sure, it'll use more power, but it also has much better performance and expansion.
I'm more interested in playing around with an Atom 330, I've already got an AM2+ board to play around with.
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Weer
by: newtekie1
I'm more interested in playing around with an Atom 330, I've already got an AM2+ board to play around with.
You figure out a way to overclock Atom 330 - you ring me up, bro!
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#18
PlanetCyborg
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Oh great, we get a cooler half the size of the board (yes, it's funny - thank you, Mus), but no overclocking options.

And to everyone who wants to use PCIex16 graphics cards - An average Mini-ITX power supply gives a maximum of 100-120w, with the sole point of reaching the lowest power consumption possible (~5-10w for the CPU, 15w for the chipset unfortunately, etc.).. you're not going to be able to run anything better than an IGP. And the reason I didn't go with ION? It's useless - I can play 1080p video on it. Anything else.. is just like this cooler.
Mini-ITX power supply is a joke:laugh: i think 600 w OCZ will do just fine;)
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#19
Mussels
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you can get mini ITX cases with 200-250W PSU's fairly easily. they're just full height instead of half height or external PSU.
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#20
newtekie1
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You figure out a way to overclock Atom 330 - you ring me up, bro!
The Zotac board allows it, but with no CPU voltage control, it won't even break 2GHz...
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#21
PlanetCyborg
Atom overclocking is a serious business like traktor racing:roll:
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#22
ascstinger
i'd wager that anything more than a 9600gt would start to be very cpu limited, the 9400 is a good fit for the atom. in zotac's case, someone who was seeking a little more power could move up to the 9300wifi, which uses 775 cpu's and has a full x16 pci-e slot
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#23
newtekie1
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by: PlanetCyborg
Atom overclocking is a serious business like traktor racing:roll:
You are talking to a person that overclocks Celerons and Semprons and Durons before that.:laugh:

Pushing weak processors brings me enjoyment for some reason.
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#24
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: newtekie1
Am I the only one that would like to see ASUS(or anyone) put out an Atom 330 board using the ION platform with some decent overclocking options in the BIOS?
no i want to see one to
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#25
Hayder_Master
most smaller ATOM mobo right now with good cooling
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