Gigabyte Ships Two AM1 Based Motherboards at Around $50

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Ian Mahaney

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For those us confused what AM1 is, a quick google reveals:http://www.techpowerup.com/197081/amd-fs1b-soc-socket-to-be-branded-am1.html
 

killerclick

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There is no reason for these motherboards to be bigger than MiniITX. These AM1 CPUs are meant for small form factors, notebooks, netbooks and tablets and they integrate the chipset onto the die.
 

Sangeet Khatri

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@killerclick I would not mind the extra PCI slots and anyways there are nowadays really small mATX cases like the Bitfenix Phenom M and some HTPC cases from Silverstone also support mATX boards.And the presence of the extra PCIe slots is always welcomed. I can imagine a PC built on a Cooler Master N200 with this board and having a Wireless card and it would make perfect sense.
 

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I can imagine a PC built on a Cooler Master N200 with this board and having a Wireless card and it would make perfect sense.
Many MiniITX boards have integrated wireless or have a PCIe x1 that can accommodate a wireless card.But yes, if you consider the Bitfenix Phenom or CM N200 to be small cases, then it would indeed make more sense to use a mATX board.
 

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Still confused, I understand AM1 is a rebranded FS1b socket but I didn't think it was compatible with FM1 stuff as the author stated. Could someone clarify....
 

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These boards are NOT compatible with FM1 processors. These boards don't have a chipset. The chipset for AM1 processors is integrated into the processor itself. They're full blown SoC (system-on-chip) designs.
 

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when you said legacy i thought we were going to see a firewire or PATA port - not a parallel port, jeez that's going back.an integrated 56k modem would've made more sense, i'd bet there's more people still on dial-up than there are using 1994 printers.
 
I think you'd be guessing wrong :)

I suspect there are a great many highly functional dot-matrix printers out there that have been 'left behind' -- they're really handy for doing multi-part forms and 'tractor-fed' statements & bills. There is also specialized demand wide-column forms and data. With the advent of inkjet early models were LPT though models quickly developed with both parallel and USB.

Access to a COM port is handy, too --- I've got a digital scrolling LED sign that is programmed via a serial connection.

Thanks, Gigabyte! We look forward to ITX versions .... and Mullins and Beema support ??? :D

 
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