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Wednesday, 13 October 2010 11:16

J&W ships the mother of all ITX boards

Written by Fudzilla staff


890GX, PCIe 2.0 x16 and much more
We wrote about J&W’s first ITX motherboard based on AMD’s 890GX chipset a few months ago. The board was not available back then, but now it’s finally shipping in EU markets. Judging by the spec, it’s probably the best ITX board for AMD processors on the market today, but it’s also one of the priciest.

Thanks to the SB850 southbridge the Minix 890GX packs two USB 3.0 ports as well as four SATA 6gbps connectors. There’s also a PCIe 2.0 x16 slot, as well as a mini PCIe slot. The board features integrated Radeon HD 4250 graphics with 128MB of SidePort memory and it offers VGA, DVI and HDMI outputs. It also features hybrid CrossFireX support.

In addition the board packs four plain USB 2.0 ports as well as 2 SO-DIMMs for DDR3 modules. Bluetooth and b/g/n wireless are also on board.

All in all, this tiny feature packed board could put many proper ATX boards to shame. However, all this comes at a price. The board is currently listed at €169, so it’s not what we’d call affordable, but it’s impressive nonetheless.
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0 #1 Memristor 2010-10-13 12:28
SB850 does not come with USB3.0 support. It is as usual supplied by an added NEC controller. It's also available in the U.S. for $185 (€133).
 
 
+4 #2 JAB Creations 2010-10-13 13:09
Linkage and pics...

http://techreport.com/discussions.x/19055

http://www.jwele.com/news_detail.php?847

Unfortunately I emailed them when I first learned of the product and never received a reply. Their where-to-buy page only lists one site in the US and it's some crappy pre-built product website that still lists 7xx chipset based products.

This would make an awesome portable LAN party system with an X6 1090T and 4GB of RAM with a single slot 5770.
 
 
+11 #3 Sammy 2010-10-13 15:02
890GX means HD4290, not HD4250 (880G) :-)
 
 
0 #4 youserzero 2010-10-13 22:11
Quoting JAB Creations:
Unfortunately I emailed them when I first learned of the product and never received a reply. Their where-to-buy page only lists one site in the US and it's some crappy pre-built product website that still lists 7xx chipset based products..


If you a looking for a source in the US try mvixusa.com.

http://www.mvixusa.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=1613
 
 
0 #5 youserzero 2010-10-13 22:47
Almost forgot, mvixusa does ship to Canada (mine is already on its way)
 
 
0 #6 Memristor 2010-10-14 01:43
Quoting youserzero:
If you a looking for a source in the US try mvixusa.com.

http://www.mvixusa.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=1613

If you a looking for a source in the US try mvixusa.com.

http://www.mvixusa.com/shop/index.php?dispatch=products.view&product_id=1613

Or try krex.com which sells it for $186.68
http://www.krex.com/mini-itxboardwithusb-30890gxusb3.aspx
 
 
-1 #7 JAB Creations 2010-10-14 15:52
LAME pricing! It won't take a Bulldozer and you can get an 890FX board for less then those prices. AMD always produces awesome priced CPU's though we get screwed when it comes to motherboards. :-|
 
 
0 #8 JAB Creations 2010-10-14 15:52
Oh thanks for finding those links. I would pay like $120 tops for a board like that though.
 
 
+2 #9 youserzero 2010-10-14 18:36
Quoting JAB Creations:
LAME pricing! It won't take a Bulldozer and you can get an 890FX board for less then those prices. AMD always produces awesome priced CPU's though we get screwed when it comes to motherboards. :-|


Unfortunately reality says otherwise. You CAN NOT find ATI 4290 on a mini-ITX anywhere else right now but here. Next time I suggest you take a little closer look.
 
 
0 #10 youserzero 2010-10-14 18:40
Quoting JAB Creations:
Oh thanks for finding those links. I would pay like $120 tops for a board like that though.


Asus has one more in your price range, but you lose SATA3 and the video gets downgraded to a 4250.
 

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