Saturday, 11 September 2010


Asus AT5IONT-I Fanless ION2 Mini-ITX Motherboard. Dual Core 1.8GHz Intel Atom D525 processor, Intel NM10 chipset and low power consumption NVidia ION2 graphics processor featuring PureVideo™ HD Blu-Ray/HD DVD acceleration, CUDA™, PhysX™ and nView™ multiple display support for up to 2 monitors. I hope this little beast is as good as it sounds and should be perfect for and compact multimedia PC.

With Next Generation NVIDIA ION2 graphics processor boasting  512 MB dedicated video memory  and integrated 8 Channel ALC887 High Definition Audio with DTS Surround, Gigabit LAN, DVI and HDMI graphics outputs (dual Display possble), also on-board Optical S/PDIF audio, 2x SATA 3Gbps, 1x eSATA, and with 2 of the new USB 3.0 ports, there is also 4 USB 2.0 (inc 2 internal), a PCI Express x4 slot and is fully Vista and Windows 7 Compatible. ASUS has integrated there CrashFree BIOS 3 (with rumours it is not working as it should, causing systems not to boot), EZ Flash 2, MyLogo 2 and AI NET 2, Approx 25W power consumption.

Top View

Board Connectors:
24pin ATX power connector (supports 20pin or 24pin ATX power)
2x DDR3 SODIMM Socket
1x PCI Express x4
1x USB (for 2x USB 2.0 ports)
4pin Speaker
2x DC Fan Headers
1x CPU Fan Header
Front Panel Header.

Rear Panel

Rear Panel Connectors: 
PS2 Keyboard and Mouse
Optical S/PDIF audio
2x USB 3.0 (backwards compatible with USB 2.0)
1x e-SATA
Gigabit Ethernet
2x USB 2.0
3.5mm Line in, Line out & Mic in connectors.

Suitable cases: Almost all Mini-ITX cases including Jou Jye 528i, 568i, Noah 3988, Chenbro NAS, Venus 669, Nexus Psile, M200/M300/M350 (with a picoPSU), C1-RACK/C2-RACK (no backplate currently available), Travla C146,147,159 (with universal backplate), Thin Client, Lockable and Compact Wall Mount Case (with HDD). Other cases supporting standard height heatsinks.

My Thoughts:
The motherboard supports up to 4 GB DDR3 RAM which will be more than enough for most tasks, the system would be perfect connected to a large TV or monitor through either HDMI or DVI to watch movies etc!. ASUS AT5IONT-I has a regular 24 pin ATX connector for power, but the Deluxe model with an external AC power supply, WiFi and Bluetooth might be a better choice for some with more connectivity to our other devices (mobile phones etc!). Personally I would love to get my hands on one and probably make a compact multimedia PC or use it for MAME inside a arcade cab, which it would be capably of running perfectly with a nice frontend. One issue is that the AT5IONT-I supports up to 4GB maximum memory across 2x DDR3 SODIMMs running at 800MHz meaning this board will only work with a very limited range of memory modules.

Asus AT3IONT-I Deluxe

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