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    ZOTAC GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi GF9300-I-E

    Just launched December 1st, 2009 new LGA 775 ITX motherboard. Picture below the old D-E (2 SATAs), versus the new I-E (there's algo the G-E in between, apparently the G-E (3 Sata port, more raid options) has resolved S3 issues?).



    Official Zotac website info, and release from TechReport.

    General details

    • New tweaked and tuned ZOTAC GeForce® 9300-ITX WiFi (GF9300-I-E)
    • Award winning ZOTAC GeForce® 9300-ITX WiFi gets enhanced
    • NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300 chipset
      • 16 CUDA™ processors
      • GPU clock: 580 MHz
      • Shader clock: 1400 MHz

    • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo, Core™ 2 Quad, Core™ 2 Extreme, Pentium®,

    Celeron® compatible

    • LGA775 socket
    • Up to 1333 MHz front-side bus
    • PCI Express 2.0 x16 expansion
    • Dual-link DVI output (up to 2560x1600)
    • Enhanced overclocking options
      • CPU voltage: [-0.1-volts up to +0.3-volts]
      • Chipset voltage: [1.10-volts up to 1.25-volts]
      • Memory voltage: [1.80-volts up to 2.10-volts]

    • 3 SATA 3.0 Gb/s + 1 eSATA w/RAID 0, 1, 0+1 & 5 support
    • Wake-on USB support
    • Polymer capacitors
    • Internal S/PDIF audio output header
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Onboard 802.11b/g WiFi
    • NVIDIA® CUDA™ technology
    • NVIDIA® PureVideo™ HD technology
    • Microsoft® DirectX® 10 with Shader Model 4.0 compatible
    • OpenGL 3.2 compatible
    • Mini-ITX form factor
    Interesting the voltage controls, the "wake on usb support" - frankly, this should be expected, any problems with the previous boards? owners, please report! -- there's also talks of "improved compatibility" with larger heatsinks, so why, was there a problem before? I have the DG45FC now, and it's bios boot times suck, also no support for 800x480 display, I think Nvidia is doing a much better job at that than Intel or AMD/ATI, so can't wait to learn more about this board.

    I was about to buy the G-E for my next project, but that can wait. I may buy this one instead.

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    that is my new board, except mine has a silver chipset heatsink...

    so far, all i have done is load the OS... maybe if i can work up some motivation, i will get fully loaded and working...

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    How tall is it with the heatsync on?

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    i am using the silverstone low profile processor fan, which is slightlysmaller than the one included with most intel processors.

    i made all measurments with the board on table, and measured from the table(so the pc board, and longer solder joints added to it). the processor fan measured exactly 2" tall(you would still need at least a 1/4" above this for proper circulation), and the chipset heatsink was 1-3/4".

    the obligatory pic of the board running:

    micro review:

    i am used to asus boards, so the award bios is like stepping back, and is a little harder to setup than intel or asus boards.

    i had a small issue with my houses wifi not 'disaplying the proper security certificate', but i just had to change the router to disable WPA mode. the other issue i have with the wifi, while not a software problem is that the wifi uses a full usb header, so you loose 2 usb ports to one usb device... otherwise, the included wifi setup software seems to be as good-- i am happy as long as i can auto connect to both secured networks(home), and hotspots...

    the 3.0gb sata ports are a nice improvement over my other standard sata port boards, and all my music took alot less time to transfer over(about 30gb, took less than 15 min).

    the blue power light is annoyingly bright, i am already having thoughts of removing it, and i have barely had the board...you can see it in the pic, right next to the 24pin power header-- you can't see anything near it...

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    Thanks, very interesting. Yeah, the led is annoying, maybe you can cover it with nail polish or tape?

    Can you post BIOS post times (from power on to the "beep")?

    Also, can you test if there's any issues with sleep/resume from sleep/hibernation (if you have vista/win7)? I've heard over avs forums that some zotac itx boards do not resume properly from usb devices, some do not resume from the power switch, and some do not start up the fan if it's set to lower speeds...so I'm curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipplingHurst View Post
    Can you post BIOS post times (from power on to the "beep")?
    I agree - need POST speed. I assume it's no quicker than the previous boards which take forever to get past POST. Still no firewire either :/

    Also, as far as I know, that silver heatsinked model up above is NOT the I-E - it's the G-E which was released just previously. The difference is the I-E has an overclocked GeForce 9300 gpu.

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    I have G-E board as well. I can do post time this weekend at the earliest.

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    my system boots up in under 20 seconds with the G-E board. Running an E8500 dual core and 4 gigs of ram and yes its my car pc lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmw_car_pc View Post
    my system boots up in under 20 seconds with the G-E board. Running an E8500 dual core and 4 gigs of ram and yes its my car pc lol
    Yeah, won't be upgrading as I already have the previous model as my carpc motherboard. Nice though.

    Post screen takes longer than boot, but I don't mind really. As this is the same model with the same everything save 1 controller I believe nothing should change in that regard.
    2008 Ford Mustang GT/CS CARPC(99%)
    Software: Ride/Road-Runner, Digital FX skin 5.x, iGuidance 2011, GPSgate on Win7 64bit

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