This just arrived. For those that don't follow my blog, this the Quanmax KEEX-6100. It is an ECX board, an Intel created standard. It is the exact size of a 3.5" drive. While it may not look like much, after much research and personal experience with Quanmax boards, I believe this is the BEST size-to-power ratio motherboard that is commercially available. This is not an atom board, does not use a ULV chip, or a 600mhz VIA processor. This is a Socket G2 - Sandy Bridge Core i3/i5/i7 motherboard. It does use a the mobile version (traditionally used in notebooks), but that is the only compromise you will have to make. This is the same processor found in the new mac mini the (i5 or i7).
Compact Flash Slot (Bootable)
SATA x 2
LVDS x2 (with backlight power)
VGA, HDMI, Display Port
But the real advantage is size. In comparison to a 5.25" optical drive - this is miniscule. This board will fit easily at the top of the dome in essentially otherwise unusable space. This helps with heat issues. In addition, this allows you to have the entire rest of the dome to use in any way you see fit.
I am not sure which design I am personally going to integrate this into, but I will discuss hooking up to an ECX board in my tutorial - which I assure you I have been working on.
|ECX vs Mini-itx
Stay tuned - I promise you the 17" tutorial is on the way with the 20" to follow.