Albatron preps two DTX motherboards

COMPUTEX — We dropped by Albatron’s booth today and were treated to what seemed to be the only motherboards at the show based on AMD’s DTX form factor.

The first one, the KI690-S1, is based on AMD’s 690G chipset and supports Socket S1 chips like AMD’s Turion 64 X2 mobile processors.

The second is the KD690-AM2, which shares a similar layout. However, this board takes Socket AM2 processors like AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 offerings. Albatron tells us both boards are scheduled to hit stores in the third quarter of this year.

Of course, a motherboard manufacturer’s booth would be nothing without a prototype board based on Intel’s upcoming X38 chipset. Albatron delivered on that front:

Albatron dubs this board PXX38 and expects to release it in September.

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    • Deathright
    • 13 years ago

    nevermind wrong place to post.

    • pedro
    • 13 years ago

    Sign me up for one of those DTX boards immediately!

    Smaller = the way forward.

    • Shobai
    • 13 years ago

    is there room in the DTX spec for pcie x16 slots?

    seriously, if there was a DTX board that took proper GPUs, i’d have one yesterday and hang the expense.

      • tempeteduson
      • 13 years ago

      Yes. Normally, I think, there would be a PCIe x16 slot for graphics as well as a PCIe x1 (or PCI) slot.

        • Shobai
        • 13 years ago

        I tell you what, if someone put a 16x slot on the far edge, with a PCI slot between it and the IO, we’d be set.

        double slot GPU coolers, no probs. pci X-Fi / tv tuner card, no probs.

          • tempeteduson
          • 13 years ago

          Then, of course, you would need at least a Micro-ATX case to make it work. Why bother with DTX?

    • tempeteduson
    • 13 years ago

    The first board pictured is clearly of Mini-ITX form factor (one expansion slot), not DTX. It even says so in the description!

    So I take it there’s only one DTX board displayed at Computex?

      • eitje
      • 13 years ago

      for that matter, the only difference between the boards is the socket and a 3x PCI-E slot!

    • albundy
    • 13 years ago

    Albatron is still in bidnezz? How’s the quality and reliability? LOL! I made a funny.

    • moose17145
    • 13 years ago

    I’m shocked nobody else has mentioned this… but everyone has been bitching about the X38 chipset using lots of power and putting out heat like a Prescott… but from the last picture it looks like Albatron has gotten by with a rather minimal heatsink… like the kind we are used to seeing on an intel chip. Relatively small… passive… made of aluminum (assumption). So either X38 doesn’t put out as much heat as people are expecting…. or this albatron board is just gonna run damn hot. It’s kinda nice not seeing some ungodly copper heatpipe setup though.

    • Coran Fixx
    • 13 years ago

    Any place I can see the other side of those motherboards?
    Are they microatx compatible (as in do the motherboard holes line up in a microatx case)?

    Edit: whats the shrek frame for?

    • wierdo
    • 13 years ago

    Why are mobo mfrs dragging their feet on this? Are they run by idiot management, is there a negative to going for DTX – why, it’s ATX compatible – or is it just hard to design something this small?

    Well anyway, kudos for Albatron, I always thought of them as a no-name brand, but maybe they’re good at making mobos after all.

      • Forge
      • 13 years ago

      Albatron is the guts of the old Gigabyte.

        • wierdo
        • 13 years ago

        Gigabyte! Say no more!</monty python>

    • flip-mode
    • 13 years ago

    Those DTX boards really stir my imagination. When are we going to see some DTX cases. Only 30 minutes ago I was pondering a media PC, maybe one of these DTX boards, a new 45w BE processor with a super quiet cooler and PSU could make it all a reality.

      • Flying Fox
      • 13 years ago

      I think it has immediate compatibility with µATX cases. But of course the real fun begins when they start putting out smaller DTX ones.

        • flip-mode
        • 13 years ago

        I’m beginning to think that OEM’s might really latch onto this form factor. It doesn’t take a lot to imagine HP and Dell shoveling these off by the truck load where they will be used by receptionists, kiosks, point-of-sale, data entry, etc, etc.

        Heck, I’m ready to argue that DTX is the most compelling aspect of the AMD platform at the moment… if you’re not going DTX you may as well go Intel… Is there anything preventing mobo makers from designing Intel-based DTX mobos?

    • lex-ington
    • 13 years ago

    Those DTX boards are tinsy. Maybe good for a case like this: §[<http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?do=ShowProduct&cmd=pd&pid=010772&cid=CS.897<]§

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 13 years ago

    PXX38 <- the most logical sounding board name since the Intel 440bx.

    Also, do those DTX boards use So-dimms?

      • Lord.Blue
      • 13 years ago

      Judging by the pictures and the spring-loading mechanisms, it looks like they will be using SO-DIMMs. Makes for less power and smaller size, so it fits nicely in the DTX form setup.

        • flip-mode
        • 13 years ago

        We might all be able to start using 230watt PSUs again with these DTX boxen.

          • Lord.Blue
          • 13 years ago

          As long as we don’t hook up any powerful GPUs…and use some of those 45w A64 x2 chips.

            • Flying Fox
            • 13 years ago

            I don’t see an x16 PCIe slot there.

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