Ever felt like building a Mini-ITX system without compromising on the I/O front? Little-known motherboard maker J&W has announced a new mobo that could enable just such a system; it crams an AM3 socket, an AMD 890GX chipset, and a USB 3.0 controller all onto a Mini-ITX form factor.
The J&W Minix 890GX-USB3 motherboard also packs Radeon HD 4290 integrated graphics with 128MB of DDR3 side-port memory, an AMD SB850 south bridge with built-in 6Gbps Serial ATA RAID support, dual Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet controllers, a PCI Express x16 slot, and a choice of HDMI, DVI, and VGA outputs for the integrated graphics.
Believe it or not, J&W also touts the board's support for "the exclusive, Windows® based Core-unlocking utility – the Just Unlock Core (JUC) Technology which is capable to unlock the 'hidden core' of the processors, a free and user-friendly 'CPU upgrade' tool for users." That could allow folks to unlock cores on Phenom II X2 and Athlon II X3 processors—provided the cores are usable to begin with and there's sufficient thermal headroom, that is.