ASUS AT310NT-I Deluxe Motherboard Review :: Board Layout

06-27-2010 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The ASUS A310NT-I motherboard is a mini-ITX form factor motherboard designed to fit into small cases of that form factor. The PCB is all black, as many of ASUS motherboards are. The top of the board starts off with the COM1 port. To the left of the COM1 port are three fan headers for the board for the CPU, Power and Chassis fans.

The Atom 330 CPU and NVIDIA ION chips are covered by a large heatsink. The Atom and ION chips both combined have a TDP of 20W. This is ultra low-power compared to the Intel Core i7 TDP of up to 130W. The ION chip uses a GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chip built into the chip die. To the left of that are two USB 2.0 headers followed by the AAFP header.

Under the CPU are two DIMM Slots. The board can take up to a maximum of 4GB of DDR3 memory 1066/800MHz Non-ECC Un-buffered memory. The ION chipset supports DDR3 memory and ASUS has a list of qualified memory modules on their website including a variety of 800/1066/1333MHz memory. The chipset supports dual channel memory when both DIMMs are occupied.

The bottom of the board starts off with a SATA Power Molex connector. There is a space for a FDD connector that is blank followed by the Front Panel I/O connectors. Above the FP I/O is the Chassis alert header with a Clear CMOS jumper to the left of the Chassis intrusion header. The BIOS chip is the first thing on the left side of the board.

The AT330IONT-I Deluxe board has a single PCI Express x16 slot for external graphics cards. With the power on the board limited to the DC power and the maximum power the PCI Express slot can deliver is 75W. This slot is perfect for low-profile video cards without need for external power to improve graphics performance on the system, but not suited for a HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 470 card.

The onboard audio is provided by a Realtek ALC887 Audio CODEC that supports 8-Channel output. One thing about this board is the rear I/O panel does not support enough audio headers to do 7.1 audio. To use 7.1 audio you need to use the Front Panel High Definition Audio jack in combination with the Rear I/O audio jacks. Storage on the board consists of four SATA 3 Gb/s ports with RAID0 and 1 supported.

The Rear I/O on the board consists of a PS/2 Keyboard port, an optical S/PDIF out port, a VGA port, a HDMI port, a RJ-45 LAN port, 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports, 3 Audio jacks for the onboard audio, the DC port to connect the power cord and DC adapter, a Bluetooth adapter, the Wireless LAN antenna port, and two RCA out ports for the gold-plated RCA cable.