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ASUS Launches MicroATX Motherboards for Superior HTPC Performance

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Nice lil board there.
 
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Nice lil board there.
I'm not so sure - they appear to have cheaped out on DIMM slots, SATA ports and VRM cooling/phases (all excusable for an HTPC) and audio (not excusable for an HTPC).

The story here appears to be that Asus boards have clever and widespread implementation of USB 3, and can be used in HTPCs. Welcome to 2012, Asus.
 
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#4
You'd be hard pressed to use Intel HD 4000 for HTPC so the only mobo that is likely of value here is the AMD model. There isn't any need for USB 3.0 boost. That's just another Asus marketing ploy for the technically challenged.
 
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IMO when it comes to micro ATX boards for 1155 Gigabyte's B75 series conquered the mountain a long time ago. Their boards are marvelous
 
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Why? isn't it just a Z77 without the RAID option rom, Smart response, Smart Storage and Overclocking? seems absolutely perfect for HTPC to me.
just my personal opinion. I dont have a console so if I built a HTPC i would want it to be as good as possible.
 
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This has 8 channel audio, but no digital out. Does it get directed through HDMI?
 
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1. Take a run-of-the-mill mATX mobo
2. Slap in an HDMI port
3. Call it an "HTPC Performance" board
4. ???
5. Profit?
 
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You'd be hard pressed to use Intel HD 4000 for HTPC so the only mobo that is likely of value here is the AMD model. There isn't any need for USB 3.0 boost. That's just another Asus marketing ploy for the technically challenged.
um.... I do it with my laptops hd3000 all the time. Not pressed at all. Admittedly, the apu's are superior.
 
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Am3+ mATX / ITX anyone? :cry:
If only... Asus did have an ITX with a daughter board for extra VRM's (but for Intel's Z77)- pictured below. Hope they do something similar for the am3+ platform



Asus, hear us out pls!
 

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I have unpacked fx 6300 that i won and it's still waiting for proper matx / itx board. Will see if Cebit brings something new.:rockout:
 

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