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The Motherboard and CPU Cooler

The components that received a new standard were the motherboard and the CPU cooler.

For its do-it-yourself all-in-one computer standard, Intel is proposing a new Thin Mini-ITX standard. The main differences between the new Thin Mini-ITX form factor and the standard Mini ITX are the following:

  • Use of only half the height, by cutting the maximum height allowed for the connectors on the rear panel. This allows the all-in-one computer to be thinner.
  • A header to allow the LCD panel to be connected directly to the motherboard.
  • A DC-DC converter circuit to allow the external power supply to be connected directly to the motherboard.
  • Memory modules are installed parallel to the motherboard, allowing the all-in-one computer to be thinner.

The motherboard shown in Figures 6 and 7 is an Intel DH61AGL.

The Thin Mini-ITX motherboard Figure 6: The Thin Mini-ITX motherboard

The Thin Mini-ITX motherboard Figure 7: The Thin Mini-ITX motherboard

As for the CPU cooler, Intel standardized its size and the location of its screws. The blower shown comes with the Loop LP-2150. The cooler shown in Figure 8 is an Intel HTS1155LP.

The CPU Cooler Figure 8: The CPU cooler

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Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.