iBASE introduced one of the industry’s first Mini-ITX motherboards for Intel’s Xeon E processors on Tuesday. The MI995 is based on Intel’s mobile CM246 PCH and is aimed at low-power miniature specialized PCs. Meanwhile, small does not mean limitations, so the MI995 has nearly all the expansion capabilities its bigger brothers do.

The iBASE MI995VF-X27 is based on Intel’s CM246 chipset designed for laptops and supporting Intel’s Xeon E processors in FCBGA1440 packaging for mobile workstations. The particular model carries six-core Xeon E-2176M CPU. In addition, the manufacturer also offers the MI995VF-8850 and MI995VF-8400 platforms featuring the QM370 PCH as well as six-core Core i7-8850H and quad-core Core i5-8400H processors respectively. The Xeon-powered SKU supports up to 32 GB of ECC memory, whereas the Core-powered models can carry up to 32 GB of non-ECC DRAM. All the SKUs feature a TPM 2.0 module, and support vPro, iAMT 11.6 remote management, and iSMART 3.5 technologies.

When it comes to expandability, the iBASE MI995 motherboards feature a PCIe 3.0 x16 slot for graphics cards, a mini-PCIe slot, an M.2-2280 slot for SSDs, an M.2-2230 slot for CNVi Wi-Fi solutions, two or four SATA connectors, and so on.

Moving on to connectivity. The MI995 is equipped with two Intel GbE controllers, a Fintek F8196D-I chip for four COM ports, three display outputs, (DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDMI 2.0), six USB 3.1 ports, and audio connectors. As noted above, the motherboards may be outfitted with an optional 802.11ac Wi-Fi CNVi module.

iBASE officially positions its MI995 motherboards for digital signage, gaming, entertainment, and POS applications. Even out of the box, the platform can support multiple displays. Once equipped with a discrete graphics card, the system gains both GPU performance and additional display outputs, just what is needed for digital signage and gaming applications.

iBASE's MI995 Motherboards
  MI995VF-X27 MI995VF-8850 MI995VF-8400
CPUs Intel Xeon E-2176M

6C/12T
2.7 - 4.4 GHz
12 MB cache
45 W
Intel Core i7-8850H

6C/12T
2.6 - 4.3 GHz
9 MB cache
45 W
Intel Core i5-8400H

4C/8T
2.5 - 4.2 GHz
8 MB cache
45 W
PCH Intel CM246 + Fintek F81966D-I controller
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics from CPU
PCIe 3.0 x16 slot
Display Outputs 1 × DisplayPort 1.2
1 × eDP header
1 × DVI-D
1 × HDMI 2.0a
Memory 2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM
Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667
ECC or non-ECC, depending on CPU
Slots for Add-In-Cards 1 × PCIe 3.0 x16
1 × miniPCIe
Ethernet LAN 1:
Intel I219LM Gigabit LAN PHY (MI995VF-Series)
Intel I219V Gigabit LAN PHY (MI995EF)
LAN 2:
Intel I210AT Gigabit LAN (MI995VF-X27)
Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN (MI995VF-8850/8400, MI995EF)
Storage 4 × SATA 6 Gbps
1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
2 × SATA 6 Gbps
1 × M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4 or SATA)
Audio Realtek ALC888S-VD2-GR
USB 6 × USB 3.1 Type-A
4 × USB 2.0 Type-A via header
Serial Ports 2 × RS232
2 × RS232/422/485
Wi-Fi M.2-2230 slot
Operating Temperature 0°C~60°C (32°F~140°F)
Form-Factor Mini-ITX (170 mm × 170 mm | 6.7" × 6.7")

iBASE already lists MI995 motherboards on its website, but has not touched upon pricing and availability timeframe.

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Source: iBASE

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Am I allowed to complain excessively in the comments about a product that I never had any intention to buy, because it doesn't fit my exact niche regarding X, Y, Z arbitrary requirements, even though logically I could just do Google searches for products that would fit my desires?

    Yes?

    OK. Waaahhh!! Why is this Mini-ITX and uses LPDDR memory form factor? Why doesn't it have RGB or a black PCB? Why is the heatsink affixed to the board already, I wanted to use a Noctua NH L9i. Why doesn't this have a full size M.2-2280 slot.

    Oh, what, you're telling me that there's plenty of products on the market that fit my use-case adequately and that I should just buy those instead? Nevermind that. I gotta whine on news articles to annoy the other commenters that would otherwise like to discuss what the product does!

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    With the PeachNCream whining done and out of the way, the board looks pretty good. ECC support, 32GB max memory, low power Xeon processor, dual intel gigabit LAN, good compact industry standard form factor, M.2-2230 should be usable as an SSD for a small Linux/Unix install.

    Looks very adequate for a motherboard to use as either a pfSense router for people with symmetrical Gigabit internet speeds and want to use lots of other features, or even as a FreeNAS board, if you get a HBA card for additional drives.
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  • Grandal - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    Looks like a great motherboard for a FreePBX appliance I am planning. Reply
  • Inteli - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    It does have an M.2-2280 socket, though. Right beside the CPU.

    This would make a great little NAS though, provided it's not too expensive.
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  • Inteli - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    These are on Mouser right now, who want $1150 for the Xeon model. Don't know if that's MSRP or not, but that's too expensive for my blood. Even the i5 model at $813 is too much for me, and that loses ECC support. Reply
  • kaidenshi - Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - link

    It has both, there's a 2230 slot on the underside. I wonder though, with it being listed as a "CNVi" slot, does it require an Intel RF card or can a regular miniPCIe WiFi card card be used in that slot as well? Reply
  • brunis.dk - Thursday, October 18, 2018 - link

    You seem to have deterred all the whiners, thanks, but i still had to read through yours :) Reply

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