Excerpt: For this review I am going to be looking at a brand new product from a company that, in the bigger scheme of things, is a relative newcomer to the PC hardware scene. Nonetheless they have made a name for themselves in a relative short space of time. The company is Zotac and the product I will be looking at is one of their mini itx Ion motherboards, the IONITX-F-E. Never having used an Atom / Ion motherboard before I am eager to see how it performs.
Pros: An excellent basis to build a media centre / general use PC on., Onboard graphics can cope with light gaming., CPU fan is virtually silent even when set to max speed., Comes with PCI Express x16 slot so can take a “proper” graphics card or other, Supplied with all the cables you can physically plug into the motherboard.
Cons: Anything above a mid range graphics card will be, more than likely, seriously bottlenecked by the Atom CPU., Would appear you need a graphics card plugged in to overclock the Atom CPU., Slightly more expensive than other similar boards, it does however have a PCI Express x16 slot.