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Comparison Table And Test Setup

Mini-ITX: Two Cases And Four Motherboards Compared
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Comparison Table

Manufacturer
iBase
Intel
Zotac
Zotac
Model
MI950AFDQ45EKGeForce 9300 ITX WiFiGeForce 8200 ITX WiFi
Socket
LGA 775LGA 775LGA 775Socket AM2+
allowed CPUs
up to QX9000 Series65W TDPup to QX9000 Seriesup to Phenom II X4 955
Voltage Regulators
4 Phase3 Phase4 Phase3 Phase
Chipset
Intel Q45 + ICH10DOIntel Q45 + ICH10DOGeForce 9300GeForce 8200
RAM
2 x DDR32 x DDR22 x DDR22 x DDR2
Ethernet I
Intel 82567 Gigabit LANIntel 82567LM Gigabit LANRTL8211CL Gigabit LANRTL8211CL Gigabit LAN
Ethernet II
Intel 82574L Gigabit LAN


WiFi
N/A
N/A
802.11b/g via USB
VIA VT6656
802.11b/g via USB
VIA VT6656
Panel Connectors
2 x  Ethernet
6 x USB
1 x RS232
1 x eSATA
1 x DVI-I
1 x Sub-D
1 x Ethernet
6 x USB
1 x eSATA
1 x DVI-I
1 x DVI-D
1 x Ethernet
6 x USB
1 x PS/2
1 x eSATA
1 x DVI-I
1 x Sub-D
1 x HDMI
1 x Antenna
1 x Ethernet
6 x USB
2 x PS/2
1 x DVI-I
1 x Sub-D
1 x Antenna
Expansion Slot
1 x PCI
1 x PCIe x11 x PCIe x161 x PCIe x1
Onboard Connector
4 x SATA4 x SATA2 x SATA4 x SATA
Pin-Header
4 x USB
3 x RS232
4 x USB6 x USB
1 x RS232
4 x USB
Audio
ALC888
7.1 Channel
3 x RCA Jacks
1 x Front Panel Audio
ADI AD1882
5.1 Channel
3 x RCA Jacks
1 x Front Panel Audio
ALC662
3 RCA Jacks
SPDIF Optical + Electrical
1 x Front Panel Audio
ALC662
3 x RCA Jacks
1 x SPDIF Pin-Header
1 x Front Panel Audio
Accessories
2 x SATA
1 x RS232 Bracket
2 x SATA
1 x DVD-I, 2 Sub-D
2 x SATA2 x SATA
1 x SATA Power
1 x DVI-to-HDMI


Test Setup

System hardware
Hardware
Details
Performance Benchmarks
AMD Platform I
(Socket AMD2+)
Zotac GeForce 8200 ITX WiFi (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 8200
BIOS: 2K090202 (02/02/2009)
Intel Platform I
(LGA 775)
iBase MI950AF (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel Q45
BIOS: 1.42 (09/08/2009)
Intel Platform II
(LGA 775)
Intel DQ45EK (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Intel Q45
BIOS: 0101 (09/28/2009)
Intel Platform III
(LGA 775)
Zotac GeForce 9300 ITX WiFi (Rev. 1.0)
Chipset: Nvidia Geforce 9300
BIOS: 1.42 (09/08/2009)
CPU AMD
AMD Phenom II X2 550 (45nm, 3.1 GHz, 2 x 512KB L2 and 6MB L3 Cache, TDP 80W, Rev. C2)
CPU Intel
Intel Core 2 Duo E8600 (45nm, 3.33 GHz, 6MB L2 Cache, TDP 65W, Rev. E0)
RAM DDR2 (Dual)
2 x 2GB DDR2-1200 (Apogee AU2G732-12GH001)
RAM DDR3 (Dual)
2 x 2GB DDR3-1600 (Corsair CMD4GX3M2A1600C8)
Hard Drive
Western Digital VelociRaptor, 300GB (WD3000HLFS)
10,000 RPM, SATA/300, 16MB Cache
Blu-ray Drive
LG GGW-H20L, SATA/150
Power Supply
Enermax ERP425AWT (Pro 82+)
System Software & Drivers
Operating System
Windows Vista Enterprise Version 6.0 x64
Service Pack 2 (Build 6000)
Drivers and Settings
AMD Chipset Drivers
Radeon 9.4
Intel Chipset Drivers
Chipset Installation Utility Version 9.1.1.1020
Intel Graphics Drivers
Version 15.13.6.64.1908
Intel storage Drivers
Matrix Storage Drivers Ver. 8.8.0.1009
Nvidia 8200 Chipset Drivers
Nforce 15.49
Nvidia 9300 Chipset Drivers
Nforce 20.14
3D Games Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmarks
Details
Far Cry 2
Version: 1.0.1
Far Cry 2 Benchmark Tool
Video Mode: 1280x800
Direct3D 9
Overall Quality: Medium
Bloom activated
HDR off
Demo: Ranch Small
Grand Theft Auto IV
Version: 1.0.3
Video Mode: 1280x1024
- 1280x1024
- Aspect Ratio: Auto
- All options: Low
- View Distance: 1
- Detail Distance: 1
- Vehicle Density: 1
- Shadow Density: 0
- Definition: On
- Vsync: Off
Ingame Benchmark
Left 4 Dead
Version: 1.0.0.5
Video Mode: 1280x800
Game Settings
- Anti Aliasing none
- Filtering Trilinear
- Wait for vertical sync disabled
- Shader Detail Low
- Effect Detail Low
- Model/Texture Detail Low
Demo: THG Demo 1
Audio Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmarks
Details
iTunes
Version: 8.1.0.52
Audio CD ("Terminator II" SE), 53 min., Convert to AAC audio format
Lame MP3
Version 3.98
Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert wav to mp3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 kbps)
Video Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark
Details
TMPGEnc 4.6
Version: 4.6.3.268
Video: Terminator 2 SE DVD (720x576, 16:9) 5 Minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital, 48000 Hz, 6-Kanal, English
Advanced Acoustic Engine MP3 Encoder (160 kbps, 44.1 KHz)
DivX 6.8.5
Version: 6.8.5
== Main Menu ==
default
== Codec Menu ==
Encoding mode: Insane Quality
Enhanced multithreading
Enabled using SSE4
Quarter-pixel search
== Video Menu ==
Quantization: MPEG-2
Xvid 1.2.1
Version: 1.2.1
Other Options / Encoder Menu -
Display encoding status = off
MainConcept Reference 1.6.1
Version: 1.6.1
MPEG2 to MPEG2 (H.264)
MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec
28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG2)
Audio:
MPEG2 (44.1 kHz, 2 Channel, 16 Bit, 224 kbps)
Codec: H.264
Mode: PAL (25 FPS)
Profile: Settings for eight threads
Adobe Premiere Pro CS4
Version: 4.0
WMV 1920x1080 (39 sec)
Export: Adobe Media Encoder
== Video ==
H.264 Blu-ray
1440x1080i 25 High Quality
Encoding Passes: one
Bitrate Mode: Vbr
Frame: 1440x1080
Frame Rate: 25
== Audio ==
PCM Audio, 48 kHz, Stereo
Encoding Passes: one
Application Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmarks
Details
Grisoft AVG Anti-Virus 8
Version: 8.5.287
Virus base: 270.12.16/2094
Benchmark
Scan: some compressed ZIP and RAR archives
Winrar 3.9
Version 3.90 x64 BETA 1
Compression = Best
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Winzip 12
Version 12.0 (8252)
WinZIP Commandline Version 3
Compression = Best
Dictionary = 4096 KB
Benchmark: THG-Workload
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 2009
Version: 9 x64
Rendering Dragon Image
Resolution: 1920 x 1280 (frame 1-5)
Adobe Photoshop CS4 (64-bit)
Version: 11
Filtering a 16MB TIF (15000x7266)
Filters:
Radial Blur (Amount: 10; Method: zoom; Quality: good)
Shape Blur (Radius: 46 px; custom shape: Trademark sysmbol)
Median (Radius: 1px)
Polar Coordinates (Rectangular to Polar)
Adobe Acrobat 9 Professional
Version: 9.0.0 (Extended)
== Printing Preferenced Menu ==
Default Settings: Standard
== Adobe PDF Security - Edit Menu ==
Encrypt all documents (128 bit RC4)
Open Password: 123
Permissions Password: 321
Microsoft Powerpoint 2007
Version: 2007 SP2
PPT to PDF
Powerpoint Document (115 Pages)
Adobe PDF-Printer
Deep Fritz 11
Version: 11
Fritz Chess Benchmark Version 4.2
Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
Benchmark
Details
3DMark Vantage
Version: 1.02
Options: Performance
Graphics Test 1
Graphics Test 2
CPU Test 1
CPU Test 2
PCMark Vantage
Version: 1.00
PCMark Benchmark
Memories Benchmark
SiSoft Sandra 2009
Version: 2009 SP3
Processor Arithmetic, Cryptography, Memory Bandwith