Jetway Mini-ITX NC98-525E-LF Motherboard MultiMedia Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by petervandamned @ 2011-02-14

Jetway is well know for their Mini-ITX motherboards. Based on the Intel Atom is this a perfect base for a small energy saving and environmental friendly HTPC or Home server system. Jetway provided us a D525 CPU and GT218 gpu motherboard and we will take it through a series of multimedia tests. Already served well in a previous review for Home Server we will only focus on the HTPC part.

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What's inside the box from China?

Mister postman delivered a parcel all the way from China. Kinda odd as Jetway has a Dutch office and logistic warehouse 10 km from where I live. 

This motherboard is packed in the same box as they do for most of the ITX motherboards.

Only the stickers with product name and the specifications, tells you exactly what's inside.


Inside the box we find, besides the motherboard, a driver DVD, one manual, backplate for your case, Sata power cable and a serial port.

The actual motherboard has no active fan. Has 2 memory slots and 4 sata slots in yellow. And a fine mini pcie connector. But I am missing something here... there's no ATX connector!

Yes we need to power this with a external power supply (more about that later in the review)

You won't find any PCIe or PCI slots here either.

Sound will be processed by the ALC662 6 channel Audio codec and the clock generator on this motherboard is a Realtek RTM875T-605:


The I/O shield connectors are the following ( from left to right ):



-PS/2 mouse and keyboard connector
-HDMI connector
-DVI connector
-VGA D-SUB connector
-4 USB 2.0 connectors
-1 RJ-45 LAN connector
-MIC-IN,LINE-OUT and LINE-IN audio connectors plus the power supply connector


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