Monday, April 18th 2016

ECS Intros the H110I-C4P Mini-ITX Motherboard

ECS introduced the H110I-C4P value mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel H110 Express chipset, and designed for 6th generation Core, Pentium, and Celeron processors, in the LGA1151 package. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 4-pin CPU power connectors; conditioning it for the CPU with a simple 4-phase VRM. The CPU is wired to a pair of DDR4 DIMM slots, supporting up to 32 GB of dual-channel DDR4-2133 memory.

Expansions slots include a PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and an M.2 2242 slot with 20 Gb/s bandwidth. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s connectors. Display connectivity includes one each of DisplayPort and HDMI. Other modern connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, two by headers), 6-channel HD audio, and gigabit Ethernet. Expect a sub-$80 price-tag.
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Looks exactly like their older H61 and H81 boards, except this time they've managed to include an M.2 slot and not just an empty landing pad.

The only decent ITX board ECS ever made was a Z97I-Drone, but even then they've managed to spoil a good design with an absent Wireless-AC adapter (adds at least another $30 to a total price) by implementing an empty M.2 slot with no SSD support.
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Okay, you can get H110M-ITX/ac right now from Newegg for $67.99, with integrated WiFi card, 60A power choke (which AsRock doesn't even offer to K4/Extreme4 series), and all ports on the correct position.

Or you can get this board for $80 with GPU possibly blocking CPU heatsink, board power/SATA ports at top, while USB3.0 is next to the rear I/O panel and CPU power supply port is located next to the front panel audio port.

I mean the layout of this board is completely f**ked up. It reminds me of when ITX form factor just started turning to be popular. Some crappy H61 boards look exactly like this one. But this is 2016 and most companies have significantly improved their designs. Just not for ECS. I can't really come up with any condition for me to better choose this board.
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