DFI readies P55 Mini-ITX motherboard

You might think a 95W power envelope is a tad too high for a Mini-ITX build. However, that hasn't stopped DFI from developing a P55 Express motherboard based on the diminutive form factor—and the guys at Clunk.org.uk have nabbed a few photos and specifications.

The DFI MI P55-T36 has an LGA1156 socket, just as you might expect, alongside a couple of DDR3 memory slots, one PCI Express x16 slot, and three Serial ATA ports. No legacy parallel connections here. The photos don't show the I/O area, but Clunk mentions six USB ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and 7.1-channel audio with coaxial and S/PDIF ports.

DFI looks to be targeting enthusiasts with this board. The box bears DFI's LanParty trademark, and the company reportedly added many of the trimmings of full-sized enthusiast mobos: a POST-code display, a CMOS reset button, six CPU power phases, and all-solid-state capacitors.

We'll no doubt see more LGA1156 Mini-ITX boards once Intel's 32-nm, dual-core Clarkdale processors come out, but those boards may end up using a different chipset and including display ports to accommodate Clarkdale's built-in graphics core. In the meantime, you'll probably want to invest in some nice cooling before building a Mini-ITX LGA1156 PC. Lynnfield-based Core i7 processors may sip power at idle, but their four 45-nm cores still draw plenty of it under load.

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