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We already learned via a DigiTimes report last month that Intel plans to push Mini-ITX as a companion form factor to its low-power, low-cost Atom processors. Word back then was that Intel had two Atom Mini-ITX motherboards up its sleeve—one based on the 945GC chipset, and another featuring the newer G35 Express chipset.

According to DigiTimes' latest article on the subject, Intel actually has a much more extensive plan in place to promote Mini-ITX-based Atom systems. Citing its usual sources in the distribution channel, the Taiwanese site states outright that Intel "only allows Atom processors to be used with mini-ITX motherboards." Those boards will feature no PCI Express expansion slots and include only a single DIMM slot. Reportedly, this restriction will cause demand for Mini-ITX cases to surge in June, when Atom chips will start to roll out into the market.

Oddly, DigiTimes seems to suggest Intel's Mini-ITX push will extend to "nettops," or low-cost sub-notebooks, even though Mini-ITX is intended mainly for small-form-factor desktop PCs and embedded systems. DigiTimes' last report also quoted an Intel executive as saying Intel's Mini-ITX push is an artifact of growing demand for small-form-factor PCs. The executive added that nettops "don't meet the requirements for entry-level or multimedia markets."
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i7 5820K MSI X99A SLI PLUS EVGA GTX 1070 FTW 4x8GB G.Skill Ripjaws  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Samsung 850 Pro Samsung 850 Evo Noctua NH-D15 Windows 10 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Dell U2515H Happy Hacking Keyboard 2  EVGA Supernova 750 G2 Corsair 600Q 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G403 Steelseries QcK Mass M-Audio AV40 
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i7 930 @ 3.7 HT Gigabyte X58A-UD3R VisionTek 4870x2 3x4GB's G.Skill Ripjaws 1600 
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500GB AAKS, 2x 640GB AAKS, 2x 1TB Samsung SH-S203B Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Samsung 245BW 
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Happy Hacking Keyboard 2 Silverstone OP850 Antec 1200 [Three Nanoxia FX12] [Two San Ace 1011] Logitech G500 
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