Before we get started, I should make very clear that mini-ITX cases are REALLY SMALL. You certainly won’t be converting this into a NAS box with half a dozen drives:
Here’s a close up of the inside of the case facing forward. The power supply is mounted just inside the front panel.
And here’s another looking toward the back. You can see the stock 80mm fan with a plastic grill mounted at the very back:
Other Notable Hardware
Logitech never ceases to amaze me with their products. The S520 wireless desktop I ordered for my mum not only looks cool, but Logitech INCLUDES NAME-BRAND BATTERIES. (To be fair, Anyware included Toshiba Carbon-Zinc batteries–we’ll see how well those work out.) Four whole batteries, two for each device, included in individual shrink-wrapped packets greeted me after I opened the box:
DLink’s DWL-140 adapter is awesome. It’s also tiny. Here, have a look for yourself:
I know what you’re thinking. What is that weird mouse looking thing at the bottom of the picture? That, friends, is an extended. Simply plug it into a USB port, plug the wireless USB nice into the top USB slot, and place it wherever you get better reception.
NOTE: This extender might be important to you if you’re using more than 3 USB devices. The DWL-140 is really wide. One of the bottom-most USB connectors on the Intel D945GCLF2D sits right next to the VGA connector. You can’t plug the DWL-140 into this slot, so using this particular NIC renders 1 out of 4 slots inaccessible unless you use the extender.
I have a few shots of the motherboard. I’m sorry I didn’t take more of the unboxing process. I was rather excited about getting this built so I could see my mother’s reaction when she realized she could play Mahjong downstairs on her television.
This first shot shows a picture of the DRAM carton (foreground, left) and the motherboard (background, right) with the DIMM installed.
Motherboard closeup shot, memory in foreground:
And lastly, here’s an oblique view of the motherboard with the AthenaTech case (plus the Intel IO shield installed–the AthenaTech case comes with no IO shield) in the background:
Let’s install the motherboard.