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The 945GCT-D is 7.9” x 6.7” (20 cm x 17 cm), which is slightly longer than a traditional 6.7” x 6.7” (17 cm x 17 cm) mini-ITX board. The additional length is necessary to accommodate the second memory slot, the PCI Express x1 slot, and some audio connections that other ITX boards do not have.

Technical Data of the ECS 945GCT-D Board
Component Details
Video 1x VGA
Drives 2x SATA300, 1x IDE ATA100
USB 2x USB 2.0 (IO Cover) 4x USB 2.0 (Onboard)
Serial 1x COM
PS2 Mouse, Keyboard
Plug-in Cards 1x PCI 33, 1x PCIe x1
Network 1x 100 Mbit (Atheros L2 Fast)
Audio VIA VT1708B (5.1 Channel)
Fan Connections 2x 3-pin
Dimensions 20 cm x 17 cm
ATX 24-pin ATX

The board does not have connections for a floppy drive or parallel port.

Graphics core - Intel GMA950

There is only one VGA connection available for screen output. Working with a screen resolution of 1280x1024 is possible, but compared to a traditional graphics card, it is a little blurred. At 1920x1200, the screen is washed-out and it is no longer practical to try to use on a daily basis. The 945G chip set with the GMA950 graphics core is a little outdated as well. Technically speaking, a DVI-D interface is available through the core logic, but ECS has not provided one on this board.

The GMA950 graphics core supports the Vista Aero interface and provides DirectX 9 support. It is not suitable for gaming, though. And under Vista, the windows are a little slow to redraw when they are moved. The onboard graphics core can be assigned 8 MB, 64 MB or 128 MB of memory.

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