Minix announced it will start distributing the J&W 890GX-USB3 Mini-ITX motherboard on September 14th, this is a compact motherboard based around AMD's 890GX IGP chipset, it features SATA 6Gbps as well as USB 3.0. The company is currently taking pre-orders for $199.
Mvix, a market leader in HD-media technology, will distribute the much-awaited, acclaimed J&W’s Minix 890GX-USB3.0 Mini-ITX motherboard in the US, Canada and South American market. J& W’s Minix 890GX motherboard is the world’s first USB 3.0 & SATA 6Gbps mini-ITX form factor motherboard capable of supporting DDR3 memory targeted at applications such as HTPCs, Car PCs, BYO routers, servers, and NAS devices. Dubbed as the most powerful mini-ITX board in the market, the retail price is expected to be about $199 USD, which includes the embedded 300mbps Wireless-N module.
J&W Technology Ltd. is a leading manufacturer of motherboards, notebooks and AIO PCs. Established in early 1994, it has been the fastest growing computer motherboard and video graphic card manufacturer for a wide range of choices from high-end to low-cost models. Commenting on the launch, Mike Mallon, VP of Business Development stated “We are extremely excited about bringing this powerful motherboard to the American sub-continent. J&W’s motherboards are stable, low cost and extremely feature-rich and we are glad to be able to provide these to our customers.”
Highlighting the product philosophy of Minix 890GX-USB3 board, Ken Wong, Product Marketing Manager of J&W Technology Ltd. explained, “MINIX™ 890GX-USB not only offers the most powerful integrated graphics chipset, but also the latest high-speed USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps features, its launch witnesses the advancement of technologies. I believe nobody would have imagined running a 6-core processor on a mini-ITX motherboard a few years ago.”
Powered by AMD’s latest and fastest 890GX IGP chipset, the ATI Radeon™ HD 4290 graphics allows the MINIX™ 890GX-USB3 motherboard to fully support Microsoft® DirectX® 10.1, UVD2, Full HD 1080p playback, dual-stream PiP on Blu-Ray™, and multi video outputs. The graphics performance is further enhanced by the onboard 128MB high-speed DDR3 sideport memory. Based on socket AM3, MINIX™ 890GX-USB3 supports the AMD® Phenom™ II series, Athlon™ II series and Sempron™-100 series processors. More excitingly, the motherboard support 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. With the latest AMD® SB850 southbridge, MINIX™ 890GX-USB3 is ready to support the latest SATA 6Gbps hard drives, and is the world’s first mini-ITX motherboard supporting this feature, thus users can setup their 6Gbps RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 arrays on a mini-ITX system.
MINIX™ 890GX-USB3 supports the latest Super Speed USB 3.0 connection powered by the onboard NEC uPD720200 host controller. The transfer rate could be up to 5Gbps, which is almost 10 times faster over the USB 2.0. MINIX™ 890GX-USB3 also comes with 2 x Broadcom PCI-Express Gigabit Ethernet which allows users to connect the PC to another PC through LAN, to form home-router, NAS, and other applications are made possible on this small form factor motherboard. The PCI-Express x16 Gen.2 slot provides an upgrade option for users to plug-in an extra graphics card, RAID card or other PCI-Express devices whenever necessary.