9th December 2007

Via to release Pico-ITX barebones

posted by Eric C. in Hardware, Motherboards, Small Form Factor |

Via is going to release the ARTiGO Pico-ITX Builder Kit. It’s a barebones system kit containing a PX10000 Pico-ITX motherboard, Pico-ITX case, DC-DC converter board, AC adapter and all the cables and adapters you’d need to finish out the system. The PX10000 motherboard features a Via C7 1GHz CPU, VIA VX700 UniChrome Pro II IGP video, a DDR2-533 SoDIMM slot supprting up to 1GB of RAM, a SATA port, a UDMA133 IDE port, 10/100 LAN and HD Audio. The case comes with a DC-DC board, cable to connect DC-DC board to the motherboard, built in front panel audio and 4 USB2.0 ports. Via appears to be including all the cables the motherboard comes with normally, a DVI adapter cable, two port PS/2 adapter cable, 20pin ATX to 12pin power cable adapter, and serial port cable, even though it appears they won’t work in the case. The barebones also comes with a little PCB IDE adapter to hook up an IDE laptop HD to the motherboard. Via doesn’t provide a way to hook up a SATA hard drive, though the board does have a single SATA port.

Update: I forgot to mention that it should become available Dec. 14th. Also, while Via says they only support Windows 2000, XP, WinCE, XPe, Linux and not Vista, drivers for all the chipsets are listed on Via’s driver page, ViaArena.com. It may be that they don’t directly support it Vista on it because the CPU is only a 1GHz.

For more info check out Via’s page on the VIA ARTiGO Pico-ITX Builder Kit here.

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pictures courtesy of Via Technology

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  1. 1 On December 9th, 2007, dasfiend said:

    Too bad it has “only” one NIC, that would make a sweet router box for the nerd who has to have the fastest router box on block.

  2. 2 On December 9th, 2007, dasfiend said:

    HAHAHA I just read on the VIA page that it fits in a 5.25″ drive bay!!! I have no idea practically why you’d want that, but the geek it me screamed “COOL!” when I saw it ;)

  3. 3 On December 9th, 2007, Eric Chevallier said:

    ya, it would be cool if it had 2 network ports, but I’m not sure you could even fit it on that board! That thing’s tiny!

  4. 4 On December 10th, 2007, dasfiend said:

    yup, and if you were really hard up you could use a usb nic.

  5. 5 On December 10th, 2007, craigbru said:

    This little thing is beyond cool. I’m a sucker for stuff like this. I wonder if I could work one of these into the Rogue project…

  6. 6 On December 10th, 2007, Doomzilla said:

    You could stick it in a 5.25″ bay and have it independently control movies/graphics on a monitor embedded in the chassis. It would make a great show machine and not steal any of your main system’s resources.

  7. 7 On December 10th, 2007, craigbru said:

    Exactly. I’m already going to have an LCD on the project. I could set up the LCD to switch sources between the main rig and the Artigo. It could also be networked to handle downloading of files, etc. Wow, there are so many cool possibilities here.

  8. 8 On December 10th, 2007, Doomzilla said:

    Could you power the Artigo off of the ATX PSU by bypassing the little power port and going straight to the board? Then the only cable you would need to route from the bay to the back of the case would be the ethernet cable.

  9. 9 On December 10th, 2007, Eric Chevallier said:

    It appears to come with the cable to hook it up to a standard ATX PSU connector… So I guess with some spliters and some case modding maybe.

  10. 10 On December 15th, 2007, Eric Chevallier said:

    It appears that either Via didn’t ship them on time or all the stores are waiting for the new year so they don’t have to pay taxes on them as inventory. Eitherway, they’re not in stock yet any place it seems. But logic supply does have them listed for $279, not bad at all, considering the cheapest board with Pico-ITX case from Logic Supply is $360!

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