Zotac IONITX-F-E Mini ITX Mobo
Zotac has really come out of nowhere in the last few years and has a great selection of components for your HTPC. Here’s another mini-ITX board reviewed…while not really reviewed for HTPC usage, this does give you a good idea of what this new board has to offer.
The Zotac IONITX-f-e certainly isn’t a power house, but then it was never intended to be. It does what it does and it copes with it very well, as a general purpose pc it is great for surfing the web, maybe doing some light office work or even the odd bit of photo editing, as a media pc it is nothing short of excellent it will cope with high definition video like water off a ducks back, to coin a phrase. Even though it has a PCIE x16 slot I don’t think it will make a serious gaming pc, a light weight lan box maybe when coupled with low power graphics card for some occasional medium res gaming, anything more will more than likely be seriously bottlenecked by the Atom CPU. I will say one thing though it is not cheap at £140+ and unless you specifically want the PCI Express slot there are cheaper comparable boards out there from Zotac