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NOTE: There are two Intel G45 motherboards: DG45FC (mini-ITX) and DG45ID (microATX).
Click here to go to the sister thread for the microATX version of this motherboard.




Is this thing cute or what? You're looking at the most powerful mini-ITX motherboard to date, mostly thanks to Intel's most powerful IGP (integrated graphics processor) to date, the Intel GMA X4500 HD. To get a sense of just how small it is, scroll down to the picture with the CPU and heatsink/fan mounted. So why is there so much talk about the G45 chipset lately, especially in the HTPC community? Simple:

√ Full hardware-accelerated decoding of MPEG2, H.264 AVC and VC1 (all three Bluray codecs) thanks to the Intel GMA X4500 HD IGP
√ 8 Channel (aka 7.1) uncompressed LPCM audio over HDMI output (HDMI v1.3a)
√ Integrated HDMI/DVI/PAVP/Display Port
√ Dual memory channel support (4Gb max memory - 2 x 2Gb DIMMs)

Consider that all the "HDMI + 8 Channel LPCM" motherboards up to now with chipsets from Nvidia, AMD and even Intel have all had varying degrees of truth to their "8-channel LPCM audio" claims - some are really only 2-channel, some don't work properly.

This motherboard is also future-proof for BITSTREAMING audio since it's got PAP capability built-in, so as soon as Intel works out a PAP arrangement with one of the playback software manufacturers (at first probably Cyberlink or Arcsoft, and eventually Windows (Vista SP2, or Windows 7 - who knows) will reportedly have PAP supported natively which will mean partnerships with software player companies will no longer be required). The bitstreaming audio issue is discussed at length in other threads.

Manual: Intel Desktop Board DG45FC Product Guide (PDF)
BIOS/Drivers: Latest DG45ID Motherboard BIOS and driver updates page
More info (including FULL SPECS): Official product page for Intel DG45ID motherboard

Built on the mini-ITX form factor, Intel® Desktop Board DG45FC is a small but powerful desktop board with integrated HDMI display output and hardware accelerated decode during high-definition playback. With support of Intel® Core™2 Duo processors and up to 1333 FSB, you can expect a lot from this tiny desktop board!

Intel Desktop Board DG45FC supports Dolby Home Theater* and is Microsoft Windows Vista* Premium WHQL certified.






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Techdata stock status as of 7/20/2008 (note this is distribution information only - online retailers like Newegg may have it on or around the ETA's noted below.



This gives you an idea of how small this board is - look how the stock Intel HSF dwarfs the motherboard!


Size comparison: ATX versus MicroATX versus Mini-ITX
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If anyone wants to chime in with links to their "perfect" mini-ITX case to drop this motherboard in (as small and cute as possible), please do! Specifically I mean cases that were built *for* mini-ITX, rather than microATX cases that also take mini-ITX. That is, unless there's a really cool microATX case you have found that just has to be considered even though it's probably much bigger than we need for a mini-ITX motherboard.
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I want one... With HTPCs being more common, case manufacturers really should start making more SFF mini-ITX HTPC cases...
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How's this? Silverstone SST-LC12-S





"Just" 7.25" (W) x 3.67" (H) x 10" (D)
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Also in black, yay

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Hmm... I'm all about minimalism, which means no tons of jacks and connectors on the front panel since that cheapens the look - at least they should be hidden behind a panel. All I want to see it a power button, power light, and a slot for slot-load drive. I honestly couldn't stomach building this cool of a motherboard into another one of those cube type cases with the handle on top (I'm looking at you shuttle) - I think an HTPC case should be a statement; contemporary and artistic - a work of art. Not some cheap plastic case that has boring written on it.

Check these out (note these are ALL mini-ITX cases):

Atech Fabrication Heatsync Mini-client 2500 - fanless case (all other mini-ITX cases tremble in it's shadow)
NOTE: Also available with black faceplate



Atech Fabrication Mini-server 5x - fanless
Note: Available in black or silver


NEXUS PSILE 10A (aluminum/white) - from Psile.com


NEXUS PSILE 10B (black) - from Psile.com


iStarUSA S Storm Series - from Newegg.com


Silverstone LC19 - from Newegg.com (available in silver and black)


Omaura TF8 - from Omaura.com


Omaura TT (concept)



SolidLogic GA-L01 - from Logicsupply.com (too expensive though)


Chenbro SV Home Server Chassis
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Could anyone recommend a mini-ITX HTPC case that takes a full optical drive? My LG hd/bd combo wont fit in those.
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Could anyone recommend a mini-ITX HTPC case that takes a full optical drive? My LG hd/bd combo wont fit in those.

That's where things are going to get tricky - most of these nice small cases only take a slim tray-load or slim slot-load optical drive. Right now the only choices for BluRay disc playing in an HTPC are:

Panasonic UJ-120 (slim, tray-load, $275 on ebay) BluRay Read-Only
Panasonic UJ-450 (slim, SLOT-load, $500+ on ebay) BluRay Reader/Writer


These crazy high prices mean we have to wait for the price to come down on them, but that doesn't mean we should wait to build our mini-ITX HTPC. I'm planning on running my mini-ITX case based HTPC with NO optical drive for a while, especially since I do all my BluRay ripping with the LG and Liteon 5.25" drives in another computer on the network.

..that is unless someone figures out how to rip the slot-load BD-ROM drive out of the PS3 and connect it to a PC motherboard!

If you're willing to settle for DVD (no BluRay) playback in your slot-load, perhaps as a placeholder drive until BluRay slim slot-load drives come down in price, then for $50 they're obviously more affordable (and there are more makes/models than this):

Panasonic CW-8124-B Slim Slot Load DVD/CD-RW Combo Drive
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Intel opened an official desktop mini-ITX board page.

- Intel Desktop Board Mini-ITX

Intel is considering two classes of mini-ITX systems.

- Atom processor - 945G/SiS mb - 60W PSU
- Desktop processor - G45/Q45 mb - 150W PSU


The contents are scarce yet, but you can find

- Intel Desktop Board Mini-ITX Chassis

Several companies are releasing mini-ITX cases, including Thermaltake, Antec, Morex, AOpen, IN WIN, HEC.



Where is Thermaltak Mozart IX now (photo taken at CES 2007, January)?

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I was looking at the Silverstone Lascala LC05 or LC06 to fit a full-size optical drive with a mini-itx MB. I was going to use a 120W PicoPSU to power it.

Another option is the Mozart IX, if you want to wait for a release that may never happen, since according to Intel's page that renethx linked, it also fits a full-size optical drive.

Edit: The Thermaltake Mozart IX looks perfect, it's tiny and doesn't have an internal PSU which is what I want. But I read somewhere that it may not fit a full-size optical drive.
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"... I'm all about minimalism, which means no tons of jacks and connectors on the front panel since that cheapens the look - at least they should be hidden behind a panel. All I want to see it a power button, power light, and a slot for slot-load drive."

"...I think an HTPC case should be a statement; contemporary and artistic - a work of art. Not some cheap plastic case that has boring written on it."

Totally agree. That's mostly my gripe about current cases.
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Omaura TF8 - from Omaura.com


Omaura TT (concept)


The Omaura TF8 looks great and would complement my current AV set-up beautifully but it's too deep for my AV rack. The Omaura TT is absolutely gorgeous. Hopefully, we'll know more about availability and pricing soon.

So far, the closest I've found that would fit (dimension-wise) is the HIPER HMC-2K53A-A0 but the 2.1" height is a big concern. I don't know if even the stock HSFs would fit.

Found the black counterpart of the SolidLogic case. Looks like it would make for a very nice looking HTPC case but the same concern as for the HIPER case applies.
SolidLogic GD-L01
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Intel opened an official desktop mini-ITX board page.

- Intel Desktop Board Mini-ITX

Intel is considering two classes of mini-ITX systems.

- Atom processor - 945G/SiS mb - 60W PSU
- Desktop processor - G45/Q45 mb - 150W PSU


The contents are scarce yet, but you can find

Several companies are releasing mini-ITX cases, including Thermaltake, Antec, Morex, AOpen, IN WIN, HEC.

Good find, but the other two motherboards on that page, the DQ45EK and the DQ45EK are basically useless for HTPC purposes due to the weak IGP, at least for anyone that wants HA decoding of BluRay video (who doesn't?). Also, many of the cases in that list kind of dated or just boring. There are tons of mini-ITX cases on the market, the issue I raised wasn't one of a shortage of choices of mini-ITX cases, but rather a shortage of cases that actually look nice without costing more than all the components going inside of it combined. Atech Fab's stuff looks great but costs way too much, but at least it gives ideas about what a case SHOULD look like.
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Agreed. HTPC is just a small part of Intel's mini-ITX project (which just began) according to Intel. Emphasis is still on Atom processor (processor itself is OK for HTPC, but there is no good chipset!)

- Intel Desktop Board and Small Form Factor - As defined by smaller than micro-ATX (sorry, it's Japanese)

If DG45FC succeeds, we will see more mini-ITX mbs and cases (from various manufacturers, aimed at HTPC market) in future.
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Agreed. HTPC is just a small part of Intel's mini-ITX project (which just began) according to Intel.

- Intel Desktop Board and Small Form Factor - As defined by smaller than micro-ATX (sorry, it's Japanese)

If DG45FC succeeds, we will see more mini-ITX mbs and cases (from various manufacturers).

Well if lots of people start buying into the mini-ITX form factor, I suspect the market for specialty low-profile heatink/fans will open up too. I worry that the stock Intel HSF's are going to be a challenge in some of these cases with the short 1.5" - 2.5" heights.

I've noticed Intel started shipping a shorter stock heatsink/fan on their latest CPU's (i.e. 45nm Penryns) assumably due to the lower heat output of these chips. For example I measured the stock Intel HSF that came with my Q9660 against the stock HSF of the 45nm Q9450, and the HSF for the Q9450 was .5 or .6 inches shorter.

I don't know how high the stock HSF is for the latest dualcore 45nm CPU's, but hopefully it's short enough for most mini-ITX cases!
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I'm a minimalist too. I've got a AOpen S-120A on order. 3.07" Height x 7.8" Width x 7.8" Depth

http://www.buy.com/prod/aopen-s-120a...204084524.html

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Any cases that fit a mini-itx board only - no optical, no hdd?

How about mini-itx with no optical but one 2.5 hdd?

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I'm planning to pair a DG45FC with a P8400 CPU. Should that work?

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I'm planning to pair a DG45FC with a P8400 CPU. Should that work?

No, DG45FC is designed for desktop processor with Socket T (LGA775) while P8400 is a mobile processor, Socket P (478 pins).
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I'm planning to pair a DG45FC with a P8400 CPU. Should that work?

If you're looking to use a Montevina chip, this is one of the only boards I know of that is announced...


http://mini-itx.com/2008/07/16/msis-...tx-motherboard
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I'm a minimalist too. I've got a AOpen S-120A on order. 3.07" Height x 7.8" Width x 7.8" Depth

http://www.buy.com/prod/aopen-s-120a...204084524.html

Nice find, Bob. I had actually envisioned an ideal case for this DG45FC motherboard as being a small black box, not much bigger in terms of length/width than the motherboard itself. At the $45 pricepoint it's worth experimenting with. I wonder what the whiner in the review section at that link you gave is talking about saying there's no way to connect a power supply internally or externally. It's a given that boxes that small will forego an internal power supply and you have to use an external brick A/C adapter, so perhaps one has to find one separately in the case of this AOpen? hmm..

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Any cases that fit a mini-itx board only - no optical, no hdd?

How about mini-itx with no optical but one 2.5 hdd?

Any or all of the above - I should probably rephrase - I meant cases that are built for mini-ITX, not cases that are built for MicroATX but happen to take Mini-ITX. Obviously it's much easier to find microATX cases to take a mini-ITX board and that would negate the need for a thread like this.

I think an optical slot-loader is ideal but as said earlier we're going to have to wait for prices to come down on the BluRay slim slot-load drives. A 2.5" bay is probably going to be most common for harddrive on most mini-ITX cases, but at same time I'm caring less and less about my own HTPC's having an internal harddrive, since I've begun experimenting with running them diskless and booting them off of ethernet via PXE server (The Acronis PXE server, actually).
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I'm planning to pair a DG45FC with a P8400 CPU. Should that work?

Here's Intel's page listing all the compatible processors. http://processormatch.intel.com/Comp...ardname=dg45fc

I think the 25W thermal dissipation is really impressive for that P8400! Ofcourse it's a mobile CPU as was already mentioned, so I don't think it'll work on the DG45FC. With the Intel GMA X4500 HD doing the brunt of HD decoding, we don't really need too much from the CPU, do we. As long as the motherboard you get has that GMA X4500 HD IGP in it, then you'd be fine.

What I don't like about the mobile G45 motherboards I've seen that would take a P8400 CPU, is they've skimped on the audio chip and used Realtek's chip inside of the Intel one. What I like about true blue Intel boards is the vertical integration where Intel has done both the video and audio chipsets - much better chance that PAVP/PAP are going to work than on a board with a mixture of IGP's and audio chips from different manufacturers.

All depends on the application I guess, but for HTPC and Bluray I think a desktop class CPU and decent motherboard is better. The few pennies difference per year that a desktop class versus mobile processor would cost per year doesn't justify a mobile CPU for a fixed installation. Low wattage like 25W is great when the application is actually a MOBILE one (i.e. laptop) where you want to stretch the battery as long as it can go.
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Thanks for the processor listing. I'm back to thinking about a E8200 or even a E1200.

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The problem with a lot of the mini-ITX cases mentioned is the slim ones aren't really made for this motherboard. The VIA cpu's don't require much cooling and can get away with a short passive heatsink. Not so on a Core2Duo. Considering that many would like a regular sized optical drive (blu-ray, DVD, etc.) instead of a slim tray-load makes those slim cases even more of a problem.
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Thanks for the processor listing. I'm back to thinking about a E8200 or even a E1200.

Celeron E1200? How about the E7200 instead? I have an E2160 which I just recently replaced with an E7200. The stock HSF for the E7200 is half the height of the one for the E2160 but I'm getting similar load temps for both (~55C). Power consumption with the E7200 at idle is around ~3-6W less than with the E2160. Can't recall exactly the difference at load but I think it's around 10W.
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I mentioned the E1200 thinking it might be the cheapest Blu-Ray capable CPU. Perhaps a Celeron 430 will prove to be the bottom. Likely we'll know in a couple weeks. It's not a cost issue, it's more of a geeky exploration of best value.

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Celeron E1200? How about the E7200 instead? I have an E2160 which I just recently replaced with an E7200.

E5200 is also OK with DG45FC and you should expect 33% CPU loading when playing AVC HD material on G45 M/B. E5200 is really cheap and should draw less than 7W power while doing AVC HD decoding
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E5200 is also OK with DG45FC and you should expect 33% CPU loading when playing AVC HD material on G45 M/B. E5200 is really cheap and should draw less than 7W power while doing AVC HD decoding

I'm all about getting a cool and efficient CPU for an HTPC based on this little motherboard, but do you have linkage to back that up? The cooler the CPU I can get, the better.
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