Asus Thinks Big with Mini-ITX F1A75-I Deluxe Motherboard

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News Posted: Tue, Aug 2 2011 1:37 PM
Asus is apparently looking to make a big splash in the mini-ITX market with the launch of its F1A75-I Deluxe motherboard. This is the same board Asus showed off at the Computex trade show earlier this year, only now it's official.

Despite its diminutive size, Asus managed jam a whole bunch of features into this tiny slice of silicon, starting with the connectivity ports. There are four SATA 6Gbps ports, a PCI-Express x16 slot, eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports on the rear I/O (and two more via header), several more USB 2.0 ports, optical SPDIF, GbE LAN, three display outputs (DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort), and a few other odds and ends.


Other features include built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 6-channel audio (8-channel via HDMI), a UEFI BIOS, Asus' proprietary EZ-mode GUI setup program, EPU energy saving chip, RAID support, 4+1 phase VRM, and two DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up to DDR3-1866 memory.

The F1A75-I Deluxe is based on AMD's A75 chipset and supports FM1 socket CPUs. It's primarily aimed at HTPC gurus, but with a feature-set like that, anyone looking for compact PC might want to check it out. No word yet on price.
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coolice replied on Tue, Aug 2 2011 1:54 PM

Hmm... i'm really not liking where they've put the 24 pin mobo connector... Right on the top!!

They should have put the RAM slots where the sata ports are and vice versa

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Very nice, I could see this in a beautiful HTPC. It would be curious to know if they plan on releasing an Intel version of this board. It looks like it has a nice built in dual tuner as well :)

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That's not a tuner, those are plugs for wifi antennae.

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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Aug 2 2011 2:47 PM

I'd tend to agree with that, though there are sometimes a myriad of reasons why layout traces have to run a certain way.

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Aug 2 2011 5:15 PM

Any word on price or availability?

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@ omegadraco I was thinking the same thing. This would make a great HTPC.

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CDeeter:
Any word on price or availability?

it's not for sale anywhere that I could find yet. It's not even displayed on ASUS's website as of a few minutes ago. I agree that it's a nice looking board though.

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bobbycab replied on Sun, Mar 4 2012 10:29 PM

Can anyone confirm if this board definitely sends audio via HDMI?

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bobbycab replied on Sun, Mar 4 2012 10:44 PM

ps sorry to resurrect an old post, and thanks in advance

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realneil replied on Sun, Mar 4 2012 11:07 PM

I know that the HDMI standard says that full digital audio is a part of every HDMI connection.

And while (I don't own it) I can't say for absolute sure that this board is compliant with standards, my ASUS F1-A75-V*Pro ~does~ have it included in it's HDMI connection.

ASUS has a good track record for cleaving to standards.

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cheers for the input :)

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