ZOTAC has taken Mini-ITX and pushed it to the next level. VIA's original concept of a super small PC has really taken off and I will admit I am still in love with the EPIA series of boards. Not only are they small, but they are functional; now we see companies starting to really take Mini-ITX head on and push it the extra mile.
The GeForce 8200-ITX WiFi is an extremely impressive board, to say the least. First off, we'll go over its choice of processor. While Intel really does have the fastest CPU's on the market, they are still a bit higher than AMD in price as well. AMD may be lacking in the high performance market, but their CPUs are perfect for the HTPC and low cost applications and this is where this board is aimed. Thanks to the AM2+ socket, the board can accommodate any AMD K8 or K10 processor designed to use DDR2 memory. The NVIDIA GeForce 8200 chipset may not be the fastest or newest on the market, but its performance is still acceptable for a HTPC environment thanks to its support for HDMI.
The only thing we didn't like about this board was the lack of any dedicated digital audio output support out of the box. Sure, you could use the included DVI to HDMI adapter and a HDMI cable to transfer both video and audio through one cable, but a lot of people still don't have HDMI receivers and rely on either optical or coaxial S/PDIF. The board does have a 4-pin header for this ability, but you would need to purchase a PCI S/PDIF bracket seperately before you can make use of it.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [The Box and What's Inside]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and Memory Performance]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - PCMark Vantage]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Media Playback]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks - Crysis]
- Page 8 [Power Usage]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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