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ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX

The ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX is compatible with AMD processors with the Socket AM2+ socket.

It has , 8 GB DDR2 maximum RAM and conforms to the Mini-ITX form factor standard.

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ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX

help iconCPU Socket1help iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible Make1help iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Chipset1help iconOnboard GPUyes
help iconForm Factor1help iconPCI Slots1
help iconMax RAM1help iconSATA 1.01
help iconRAM Slots1help iconSATA 2.01
help iconMemory Channels1help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds1help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots1help iconInternal I/O1
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear1help iconBack Panel I/O1
help iconGraphics Card Interface1

ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX compatibility review

The ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX uses the AMD Socket AM2+ CPU socket. Any compatible AMD CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the aging DDR2 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 800 MHz, and 2 DDR2 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM. DDR2 memory is exceptionally out of date, and considering how cheap DDR3 RAM is, using a motherboard with only DDR2 compatibility in a modern system build would be a very bad idea.

The Mini-ITX form factor is common for low-power system builds. Lower power requirements allow for less cooling, which in turn means a quieter PC. As such, the ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX may be ideal for activities that require minimal sound excess, such as watching movies. For a gaming PC, a traditional ATX form factor is recommended, which would be more generally compatible and would provide more expansion options than Mini-ITX, but Mini-ITX is still a solid choice.

The ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX has 4 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX supports onboard graphics. This allows for integrated graphics when paired with a compatible CPU that supports them. Integrated graphics are a cheap alternative to using a graphics card, but should be avoided when frequently using modern applications or games that require intense graphical processing. There are 0 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means a graphics cards will have to be placed in a smaller PCIe slot, which will significantly and detrimentally affect its performance potential, limiting it to the bandwidth of that particular slot. In addition, the graphics card interface revision should be as close as possible to the motherboard's PCIe v2.x graphics card interface in order to maximize the potential of both the motherboard and the graphics card. The ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The ZOTAC GeForce 6100-ITX has 10 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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