ECS Intros Mini-ITX Motherboard, NM70-TI

Featuring an integrated Intel Celeron CPU, it is suited for compact/mini PCs

By on November 19th, 2012 17:51 GMT

Mini-ITX motherboards may not appear as often as normal PC platforms, as the range of applications for them isn't particularly broad, but they aren't really rare either. ECS is the company revealing one this time.

Called NM70-TI, the newcomer is precisely the sort of thing that makers of small PCs or specialist electronics developers would be interested in.

Its size allows it to fit in any mini case destined for nettops or HTPCs, while the integrated Intel Celeron 807 single-core CPU provides just enough power for low profile tasks.

For those who don't know, Celeron 807 is a chip with a clock speed of 1.5 GHz. In case this is not enough, a dual-core Celeron 847 can be used instead.

Moving on, since this is a very small motherboard, there is no room for normal memory slots (DIMM). That is why ECS chose SO-DIMM memory slots instead, like on laptops (arranged along the plane of the motherboard itself).

Storage-wise, there are three interfaces that people may find useful. One provides two SATA III ports (SATA 6.0 Gbps), for HDDs or SSDs, the second brings a SATA II connector (SATA 3.0 Gbps) and the third is an mSATA 3 Gbps slot.

As for expansion capabilities, a mini PCI Express slot is available, along with a PCI-E x16 (running at x8), for add-in video boards.

Most likely, the integrated GPU (in the CPU) will have to be used, but if the system case is big enough, an AMD Radeon or NVIDIA GeForce card can be employed instead.

Other features include Gigabit Ethernet, a few USB 2.0/1.1 ports, two video outputs (D-Sub and HDMI, wired to the CPU socket) and UEFI BIOS (a BIOS with a comprehensive graphical interface, complete with near-3D representation of the motherboard itself, and its components).

Finally, a dense aluminum heatsink with a very small fan keeps heat in check. No price or availability info exists.

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