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VIA presents HTPC Motherboard

VIA Technologies has introduced a motherboard that fits neatly into a HTPC. The model is called VE-900 and as you see in the image has mini-ITX format. The board features a dual core VIA Nano x2 processor at 1.4 Ghz and two DDR3 memory banks that allow you to mount up to 8GB of RAM.

In the graphics section, it has the VIA VX900 processor that lets you play 1080P video in different formats: VC1, H264 … It also has a PCI port, ideal for connecting a TV tuner.

Perhaps, as major weakness is the lack of USB 3.0, SATA3 and optical audio output, although the price can compensate for these shortcomings. The starting price is estimated at only $ 89.

Via VE-900 Specifications

Model Name VE-900
Processor 1.4GHz VIA Nano™ X2
Chipset VIA VX900 Media System Processor, no HDCP
System Memory  2 x DDR3 1066 DIMM socketsUp to 8GB memory size

The real memory size may show less than 8GB due to some capacity are used for BIOS or other functions

VGA  Integrated VIA Chrome9™ HD DX9 3D/2D graphics with VC1, MEPG-2,WMV9 and H.264 decoding acceleration
Onboard Serial ATA 2 x SATA connectors
Onboard LAN 1 x Realtek RTL8111E 10/100/1000M Fast Ethernet
Onboard Audio 1 x VIA VT1708S Audio Codec
Onboard Super IO ITE-IT8721F
Onboard I/O Connectors  1 x PCI slot1 x Front-panel pin header

1 x CPU/System fan connector

1 x Front-audio pin header for Line-out/MIC-in

1 x Header for speaker

1 x LPT pin header

1 x ATX power connector (24 pins)

2 x USB pin header for 4 USB 2.0 ports

Rear Panel I/O  1 x HDMI port1 x GigabitLAN port

1 x VGA port

1 x COM port

1 x PS/2 keyboard and mouse port

3 x Audio jacks for Line-In, Line-out and MIC-in (vertical)

4 x USB 2.0 ports

BIOS AMI BIOS8Mbit SPI flash memory
Operating System Windows 7 & XP
Power ATX connector
Operating Temperature 0°C ~ 45°C
Form Factor Mini-ITX17 cm x 17 cm

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