Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

Packaging & The Motherboard

Packaging & The Motherboard

The NM10-DTX arrived in Zotac's trademark black and orange colour scheme. The top of the box clearly displays the name of the motherboard and on the underside you will find more detailed specifications.

Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard    

Upon opening the box, you will find the accessory bundle and the motherboard under the cardboard floor. As far as accessories are concerned, Zotac include two SATA cables, one 4pin Molex to SATA converter, Driver Disc, Manual and I/O Shield. Hardly a luxury set of accessories but it contains all the bare essentials required to get started.

Now unboxed, below is the NM10-DTX in the flesh. As you can see, its greater width is quite obvious by the large amount of space available for PCI-Express slots.

Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard     Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

Like most of Zotac's fantastic Mini ITX range, the NM10-DTX boasts an extensive feature set. Ignoring the implementation of a full PCI-Express 16x port, you also have a second 1x port, six SATA II and 802.11g Wireless LAN. As always Zotac have gone out of their way to stand out as the man amongst the mice.

Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard     Zotac NM10-DTX Motherboard

As always with reviews, photographs don't reveal the true colours of a product. Let's get testing...

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Most Recent Comments

20-05-2010, 11:31:57

Great review.

All the way through it I find myself thinking about each component as "it's nearly good enough..".

The price breaks it tho. Play music, browse the net on ur tv, email and office (well an older version of office).

A step up in each component and it could be so much better. Atleast be capable of 1080 and it'd have much more use.Quote

20-05-2010, 11:43:16

That's exactly the problem. It had nearly all of the ingredients to make a very competent motherboard but lost out greatly in the GPU department. Given the (lack of) performance provided by the Atom CPU, multimedia tasks are largely GPU dependent. It's great to see that Intel have modernised the Atom platform but it's all too clear that this is a platform for laptops and not desktops.

Yes, you can always drop a competent GPU into the NM10-DTX but at this pricepoint you shouldn't need to. The nVidia ION that we have tried multiple times can do HD up to 1080p without breaking much of a sweat and can even do CUDA accelerated tasks such as video encoding (with apps such as Badaboom). The nVidia ION2 for the new NM10/Atom D510 platform is even better still.

Sadly, all this review has proven is that the Atom is like a fish out of water when nVidia's ION GPU isn't present. The endgame is that similar money will buy you an ION equipped motherboard.Quote

20-05-2010, 11:48:07

Indeed, just as a sidenote, I noticed £76 is all that's being asked for complete units, boxed and ready to go, that will do all that this won't.Quote

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