ECS NM70-I2 (V1.0) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Motherboards/IntegratedCPU by stefan @ 2013-02-05

The NM70-I2 motherboard from ECS comes equipped with either the Intel Celeron 847 1.1GHz dual-core or the Intel Celeron 807 1.5GHz single core CPU, has Intel HD Graphics for video output, supports installation of two DDR3 memory modules and also comes with 4 SATA ports, one of them supporting the 6Gbps standard.

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Packaging, A Closer Look

In this review we will look upon the NM70-I2 Mini-ITX board from ECS, which is meant to be installed in low power consumption machines, media centers, generally computers that do not need a lot of computing power. The CPU that comes pre-soldered can be either the Intel Celeron 847 or the 807. Our sample has arrived along with the Celeron 847, which is based on a Sandy Bridge core, is an Ultra Low Voltage dual core processor for entry-level machines. The CPU also integrates a graphics core named by Intel “HD Graphics” and is based upon the HD Graphics 2000. The CPU comes with a total of 17W TDP and has an integrated DDR3 memory controller, 2MB of L3 cache and also supports Intel SpeedStep Technology; the top side of the packaging contains some logos of the supported technologies:




On the back side of the box we will see the main product features explained in detail:




By lifting the top cover, we will discover the board enclosed in an anti-static bag, and the accessories are stored in a separate compartment:




The bundle is not very rich and here we can include two SATA cables, along with the I/O shield and an User’s Guide with the drivers/applications DVD:




Inside the guide we will find in multiple languages all the necessary instructions to get the installation going:




The small motherboard comes with a black PCB and the design is not very crowded:




Near the SuperIO we can find a LDC and onboard Serial Port headers:




The LAN interface on this board is provided by the Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet controller:




Compared to the most other manufacturers that use another Realtek CODEC for sound, here we will find a VIA Vinyl VT1705 6-channel HD Audio CODEC:




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