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Albatron Mini-ITX KI690-AM2 Reviewed - Final Thoughts

VIA have some serious competition on the horizon with regard to their once dominant Mini-ITX products - meet AMD 690G!

| Socket AM2/AM2+ in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 11, 2007 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Albatron

Final Thoughts

 

Mini-ITX is the definite platform of choice for the Car PC and Home Theatre PCs. Its size is extremely efficient, and it packs everything you need on a single board. Slap in some RAM, a CPU, HDD and off you go. If you have a VIA setup, memory is all you need to be able to power up the system.

 

VIA's setups are extremely efficient for the Car PC environment, with their extremely energy efficient design, cool running and quiet characteristics making them an extremely desirable solution. If you want something for the HTPC, a more powerful CPU is required. This is where Albatron's AM2 board manages to fill the void.

 

Being able to run a CPU at up to 3GHz, dual channel DDR-II memory and a much more powerful graphics system makes it the more desirable setup for the digital age. Albatron's board here has proven that.

 

Its ability to run dual monitor, dual channel DDR-II memory and the inclusion of digital audio and HDMI ports makes it hard to refuse.

 

- Pros

 

Dual channel DDR-II memory support

 

Up to four SATA HDDs with RAID support

 

X1250 graphics core faster than the GeForce 6150

 

- Cons

 

Would be nice to have a PCI-Express slot for further expansion

 

Doesn't support Athlon FX processors

 

Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award!

 

 

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