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ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - LGA775 Powered Mini-ITX - The Motherboard

The Mini-ITX flood continues. Today ZOTAC has its 630i-WiFi ITX on display for us to compare to VIA's EPIA-SN Nano.

By: | NVIDIA Chipset in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 5, 2008 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: ZOTAC

The Board


ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - LGA775 Powered Mini-ITX


Now the fun begins with this baby board. ZOTAC is fond of its black PCB, so the 630i-ITX WiFi gets this same impressive looking colour scheme. The 24-pin power connector occupies the right hand edge of the board, just behind the two DDR2 memory slots whilst the 4-pin power connector is placed behind the PS/2 tower ports. Since the board is equipped with the nForce 630i chipset, the board only supports single channel memory, however, it can support up to 4GB which is helpful.


ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - LGA775 Powered Mini-ITX


On a Mini-ITX board, you are obviously very limited in available space, but ZOTAC does a good job here with the CPU area being pretty clear of high rise components, thanks to the use of solid state capacitors and chokes which allow for smaller parts to be used. The power to the CPU is fed through three phases, so it's not going to be used for overclocking, but that's of no surprise as it's not aimed for that market. Below the single heatsink cooling the 630i mGPU there are two orange SATA ports to support up to two drives in total.


ZOTAC nForce 630i-ITX WiFi - LGA775 Powered Mini-ITX


Moving along to the rear I/O, ZOTAC could have done better here. First off, while there is a DVI and CRT port for dual video output, if you want to use HDMI you need to use the supplied yellow converter to turn the DVI into HDMI. There goes one of the ports, especially if you want to use a DVI LCD and HDMI TV at the same time, it's a no no for this board. Next up, there is a lack of digital audio ports. There are no Toslink or RCA S/PDIF ports and to output HD audio you have to use the HDMI setup. Another disappointment is that the board only has three stereo audio ports, so while the board supports HD audio, it's limited when using the stereo ports to 5.1 and you have to give up the line-in and mic ports to do it. If you use the HDMI, however, you do get 7.1 audio.


When it comes to the expansion possibilities, it's nice to see that the PCI slot is given its marching order and instead a PCIe x1 slot is used. However, what would have been ideal is a PCIe x16 universal slot with up to x4 bandwidth used for the possibility of a graphics upgrade.


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