Intel's Mooly Eden just showed off its new thin mini ITX Sandy Bridge platform. The form factor is a standard mini ITX but with a low profile backplane so it can fit into thinner systems - particular all-in-ones.

Could this be the start of a DIY all-in-one market? I'm not sure about that, but it will help standardize components there and hopefully lower costs as you can reduce the number of custom components in the system.

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  • duploxxx - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    so now since they have decent competition they will abbandon there slowish atom everywhere? Reply
  • LuckyKnight - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Without true 24 Hz (23.97 Hz) still Reply
  • dagamer34 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Will be fixed in Ivy Bridge. See Anand's Sandy Bridge review. Reply
  • ChuckDriver - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    For something like this you'd need a standardized internal header for connecting to the monitor. I also can't find the 2" wide 24-pin power supply connector on the motherboard in the pictures, so that probably changes too. Reply
  • A5 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Hopefully this means we can get some HTPC cases that don't look terrible. Fitting an HTPC into the form factor of a blu-ray player would be great. Reply
  • scook9 - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Great it is thinner!

    Still have to cool the CPU though......
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  • Doltmoopsie - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    You could not be more right about this. Low-profile systems are usually constrained by the cooling. If the CPU faces away from the screen, the CPU could be connected to a back case by a vapor chamber or heat pipes.

    Also, others here are right that the connector would have to be standardized in size and positions.
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  • AmdInside - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Is this a problem? For me, the problem has always been getting a CPU cooler that is low enough to fit certain cases. You can get low profile memory. Reply
  • mianmian - Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - link

    Looking at Intel's link, the CPU is connected to heat sink via heatpipes. But if the CPU position is flexible, it will be a big computability problem: You have to use a specific board. Hope intel has the solution. Reply
  • ggathagan - Wednesday, June 01, 2011 - link

    Although I like the idea, I still remember Intel's last attempt and bringing a new form factor to the market.
    Anyone else left with a bad taste in their mouth from the BTX standard?
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