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.
|Drives||2x SATA300, 1x IDE ATA100|
|USB||2x USB 2.0 (IO Cover) 4x USB 2.0 (Onboard)|
|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|
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 The 945G chip set with the GMA950 graphics core is a little outdated as well.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.