Article Author :Matt Jason H Date : 28th Dec 2003 Comments :
The VIA EPIA-CL 10000 motherboard is VIA's latest Mini-ITX offering, boasting an on-board 1Ghz processor, Dual-LAN and a whole host of other features all packed onto one tiny 17cm x 17cm board.
The VIA Epia CL 10000
Up-until recently the Mini-ITX standard of motherboard was aimed at industry and the more advanced user, running everything from cash-points to cars. However, more and more these boards are becoming the choice for the home user due to their compact size, minimum fuss, low-noise and power consumption advantages. These features make the board ideal for use as a dedicated network device (such as a firewall, file server, etc), an office PC or a specialist application (such as a 'Home-Theatre PC' or MP3 player).
On-board 1GHz VIA C3 CPU
Supports up to 1GB of DDR266 RAM (1 Slot)
Florm Factor: 170mm x 170mm Mini-ITX
On-Board VIA CastleRock AGP Graphics
2 UltraDMA 66/100/133 IDE Connectors
1 Floppy Disk Drive Connector
On-board Dual LAN (10/100)
4 USB 2.0 ports (up to 6 supported)
1 COM Port (up to 4 supported)
1 Parallel Port
VT1612A, Two-Channel AC'97 Codec Audio
Optional LVDS connector
1 PCI slot
As you can see, there are a lot of features crammed into such as small board, although the lack of an AGP connector may well annoy those not satisfied with the integrated graphics.
VIA EPIA-CL 10000 Motherboard
1 x ATA133 Cable
1 x Floppy Cable
Custom I/O Bracket
The board comes with the basic bits you need to get it working and a well written user manual, although we were slightly disappointed that extra's, such as a USB/COM port back plate to take advantage of the on-board headers, were not included as standard in the package.