Unless you have been under a rock you know that there has been a big boom in the HTPC market. This has been compounded by companies making simple yet affordable digital media players. The increase in interest comes from the popularity of services like Netflix, Hulu and many other online stream media sites. To use these you typically need a PC connected to your TV [although some new TVs can also use these services]. This has set the stage for small form factor very complete systems that are inexpensive yet functional. Today we are taking a look at one of these from ASUSTeK; the AT3IONT-I Deluxe motherboard. This board, as you might have guessed, comes with an nVidia ION chipset and an Intel Atom CPU. What is not apparent from the name is the Mini-ITX form factor or the included power supply. Asus has created a very complete little system that lacks very little to be a functional home theater PC. Let’s take a look at the AT3IONT-I now and see what it can bring to the living room.
The Box and Goodies
When I first saw the box for the AT3IONT-I Deluxe I was a little surprised. For such a small motherboard it is a pretty big box. The front of the box does not give us the product name but instead hails this as the MiniMax Home Entertainment Center. Along the bottom there are badges to show off what Asus feels are the main selling points of this system. One of the biggest is the included power supply; Asus refers to this as DC on board.
The back of the box finally give us the product name and also a picture of what you are getting. There is also a little more information about the feature of the board [at least a few of them].
Inside the box is a pretty good haul. You get a remote, an IR receiver, a PSU, Wi-Fi antenna along with a few more common items. Overall if you are looking to build and HTPC system this box has almost everything you need to get going. It will also allow some great choices for system cases as there is no need to have a large power supply.
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