Featured Articles

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel releases tiny 3G cell modem

Intel has released a 3G cellular modem with an integrated power amplifier that fits into a 300 mm2 footprint, claiming it…

More...
Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

Braswell 14nm Atom slips to Q2 15

It's not all rosy in the house of Intel. It seems that upcoming Atom out-of-order cores might be giving this semiconductor…

More...
TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC 16nm wafers coming in Q1 2015

TSMC will start producing 16nm wafers in the first quarter of 2015. Sometime in the second quarter production should ramp up…

More...
Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S LGA is 35W to 95W TDP part

Skylake-S is the ‘tock’ of the Haswell architecture and despite being delayed from the original plan, this desktop part is scheduled…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Friday, 01 June 2012 09:43

Gigabyte readies Q77 mini ITX board

Written by Fuad Abazovic



Ivy Bridge with a tiny footprint


A quick look at our favorite price search engine has revealed that a quite interesting board is coming from the house of Gigabyte.

This will be the first board that supports both old Sandy Bridge chips and new Ivy Bridge processors in mini ITX format. The name is Gigabyte MSQ77DI and as the name implies it is a Q77-based board. Last time we checked Q77 was supposed to change Q67 in the business market segment and the Q77 supports Intel Vpro something that business market tends to care about.

The Q77 supports LGA1155 socket but not the cool feature of CPU performance tuning, something we call turbo. The interesting feature of Q77 is that its Intel ME firmware 8.0 SKU ends up with 5MB storage, which is 3x+ times more than 1.5 MB you get on consumer Z77 counterpart.

Q77 supports 1 PCIe 16X, 14 USB 2.0 and 4 USB 3.0, PCIe 2.0 at 8X, legacy PCI support, important for the business segment, as well as 6 SATA 2.0 and 2 SATA 3.0 support.

The board itself supports UEFI, has 2 DDR3 So DIMM memory slots, 1 PCIe mini card slot, 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, 4 USB 3.0, 1 Gb LAN, as well as 2.0 audio. From Internal connectors you should find the 2x USB 2.0, 2X SATA 6Gb/s, 1 mSATA, 1 PWM CPU cooler plug, 1 PWM cooler plug and the spec promises a Thin-Mini ITX support.

This is clearly a business oriented motherboard, and although at first glance it might sound like an interesting option for deep pocketed home theater enthusiasts, if falls short in the audio department.

You can get more details about this listing here.


blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments