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AOpen i915GMm-HFS Sonoma Board Preview

VR-Zone brings you a preview of the Aopen i915GMm-HFS, a motherboard engineered for the HTPC (Home Theatre Personal Computer) enthusiast.

Aopen has sent us a i915Mm-HFS motherboard, exploiting the latest Sonoma technology by Intel, this board is able to support 533FSB Dothan processors and features lots of onboard features that will entice consumers to buy this board for HTPC usage, like HDTV and DVI connections, along with Onboard High-Definition Sound.

What does all these means? with all integrated onboard features, users will be able to pair the i915GMm up with a slim profile HTPC desktop casing, with processor, rams, hard drive and an optical drive, you can instantly churn out a sleek and mean HTPC machine. Pentium M processors along with DDR-II memory, along with no additional I/O cards also means that the system consumes very little power, thus you have no need to worry that your electricity bills jumping sky high. You can also skip the expensive DDR-II memory and continue with normal DDR memory, at a performance hit of course, as the i915GM chipset only supports dual channel DDR-II memory.

Some basic specifications on the motherboard:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium M (Dothan) 533FSB
  • Chipset: Intel 915GM/ICH-6M
  • Memory: Dual Channel DDR-II Memory or Single Channel DDR
  • Form factor: Micro-ATX
  • LAN: Dual Marvell 8053 PCI-E Gigabit LAN
  • Supports HDTV, DVI, S-Video Connections
  • Intel Azalia High Definition Audio via Realtek ALC880
  • IDE: 1x ATA100 onboard
  • SATA: 2x Serial ATA via ICH6M, 2x SATA-II via SIL3132 PCI-E Controller
  • IEE1394: Firewire 400 via Agere chipset

A nice shot of the box

The accessories included, SATA cables, power converter, a propietary heatsink, ide cables etc.

A shot of the board itself

The IO panel, 7.1 Channel Sound conenctors, D-SUB, DVI-D, TV-out, HDTV, Dual Gigabit LAN and 4 USB 2.0 ports.

The RAM slots. The board supports single Channel DDR-333 and Dual Channel DDR-II PC4300 memory.

The Realtek ALC880 codec. the board feattures Intel Azalia Technology High Definition Sound onboard.

The Chrontel TV decoder and HDTV decoder chip

The Dual Marvell Gigabit 8053 LAN sitting on the PCI-Express bus

The 4 Serial-ATA ports found onboard, 2 SATA ports via chipset and 2 SATA-II ports via the Silicon Image 3132 PCI-Express Controller.

That’s all for now folks! Till we plop a 533 Dothan into the board and give it some nice refrigerating treatment…

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