Today you see more and more home media servers and HTPC’s being sold on the market, along with the parts to build your own. I use a home media server for my PS3 and my other computers so that I can transfer and watch movies all over my house. This also gives me the ability to stream music to all of the PC’s and other wireless Devices. With all of our home electronics becoming more and more connected it’s convenient to have a media server. It allows me to control the music and movies in any of the rooms with PC’s on them with either my Android phone or my iPad. The possibilities are endless. In this review we will be taking a look at the Zotac IONITX-P-E which is an Mini-ITX motherboard with the processor embedded in to the motherboard. Mini-ITX is a very small form factor about half the size of a mATX setup.
Features & Specifications
|CPU Socket||NA (integrated CPU)|
|Dimensions||6.7in x 6.7in – 170mm x 170mm|
|Memory Size||Up to 8GB|
|Memory Slots||2 x 240 pin DDR3 DIMM|
|Onboard Audio||Onboard 6-channel high-definition audio / 7-Channel LPCM digital audio (HDMI)|
|Package Contents||3 x SATA cables
1 x SATA power adapter
2 x WiFi Antennas
1 x I/O back plate
|PCI Express x1||(1) Mini PCI Express, (1) PCI Express x16|
|Power Connector||20 Pin|
|SATA||3 SATA 3.0 Gb/s ports|
|USB||10 (6 on back panel, 4 via pin header)|
|Video Ports||VGA + DVI-D + HDMI|
The Zotac IONITX-P-E comes in a relatively small box in its retail shape. The box is black and orange to go with Zotac’s longtime color scheme that they have had. On the front of the box we have the basic info and name of the motherboard. On the back side there is more information about the product, along with a detailed picture pointing out the features on the motherboard.
Upon opening the box you will see the motherboard back plate and the user manual. After removing everything from the box you will have the Zotac motherboard, the back panel, two wireless antennas, user manual, three SATA cables and one Molex to SATA adapter.