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    Does anyone make a mini-ITX board with onboard Serial-ATA?

    I'm aware of the less than spectacular speed benefits of SATA, but I'm still very interested in using in my car, for the extended cable reach and airflow benefits.

    All of the VIA EPIA boards don't seem to offer SATA, which is a bummer. I thought by now, it would be available everywhere. My main reason for wanting this is so I can flush mount and custom mold a slot loading dvd drive in my dash, and I need that long cable run.

    If I don't use SATA, it seems like I can use an IDE to firewire bridge on both ends, or something to that effect, but this is just added complexity that I would like to avoid.

    Thank you.

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    does anyone make a SATA slot load DVD?
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    Isn't SATA only like 150 where as regular is 133? Maybe I am wrong. I know that MSI have a few MATX boads that support this.
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    Gigabyte makes a few boards with sata.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Imatation
    Gigabyte makes a few boards with sata.
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    Those boards are small, but they are not mini-itx's!! As for SATA boards, I have yet to find a mini that has it, and you would need to have at least 1 standard IDE channel on the board anyways for your optical drives unless you planned on using a USB/IEEE1394 external optical drive. I don't think that they make SATA DVD drives yet... I know you can buy IDE to SATA converters such as this onehere but I don't know if it will work w/ optical drives.
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    I just think that, despite SATA not exactly being leaps and bounds above ATA133... its still better, and should be embraced a little faster. Its just so much cleaner.

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    the new nano-itx board has 1 sata connector
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