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I'm considering building a mini home server in this case:





Challenging project, as there aren't many mini ITX boards with compatible parts for the project. Several Intel boards, but most only have 2 SATA connectors and I need 4, as there's not room for a PCI-E raid card, and I just want to use OSX86 RAID1 . Found this one, wondering if anyone can give a quick thumbs up or down regarding do-ability based on specs.

I did a lot of (painful search engine) searching here, and it seems like it is doable, but may present some challenges.





Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Mini-ITX Motherboard with Intel® Q965 Chipset



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CPU Socket



Supports Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors

CPU Front Side Bus ( FSB )

533MHz / 800MHz / 1066MHz


Intel® Q965 chipset



Award BIOS, ACPI supported

System Memory

Two DDR2 sockets support up to 4GB DDR2 SDRAM

PC533/667/800 DDR2 SDRAM

Integrated VGA

Intel® Q965 integrated graphic sybsystem (GMA3000)

Supports dual independent display through on board VGA and PCI-e x16 expansion adapter (DVI or LVDS) or VGA card


MI900 supports Intel 82562V 10/100 BaseT Ethernet

MI900F supports Intel 82566DC Gigabit Ethernet and Marvell 88E8053 PCI-e Gigabit Ethernet


ICH8 integrated audio with Realtek ALC888 codec


Winbond W83627HF chipset

Supports COM1 (RS-232), COM2 (RS-232/422/485), hardware monitoring


JMicron JM368 (PCI-e to PATA) supports 1 PATA channel


MI900F - LGA775 Intel® Q965 Mini-ITX motherboard with VGA, dual Gigabit LAN rohs.jpg



  • Supports Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors
  • Two DDR2 SDRAM DIMM, Max. 4GB memory
  • Onboard 10/100 BaseT or two Gigabit Ethernet
  • Intel® Q965 VGA with PCI-e (x16) expansion slot to support additional DVI/LVDS/VGA interface for dual independent display
  • 4x SATA, 6x USB 2.0, 2x COM, Watchdog timer, Digital I/O

Serial Ports

One RS-232 and one RS-232/422/485 COM ports Serial ATA

Supports 4 SATA II ports

USB (2.0)

Supports 6 USB ports (4 ports + 2 ports via pin header)

Keyboard and Mouse Connector

PS/2 type

Watchdog Timer

Generates system reset; 256 levels

Hardware Monitoring

Built in W83627HF; monitors system/CPU

temperature and voltage status

Digital I/O

4 in / 4 out

Expansion Slot

1 PCI-e (x16) slot

8x2 pin header for adaptor card:

- ID394 (2 or 4 serial ports)

- ID395 (TPM 1.2 function)

Edge Connectors

PS/2 KB/Mouse Mini DIN, VGA CRT, COM1, 2x RJ-45,

4x USB, Triple jack for audio

Onboard Connectors/Headers

4x SATA, USB5/6, COM2, Digital I/O, 7.1 channel audio, IDE (40-pin), CPU fan, system fan, ATX power (24-pin + 4-pin)

Form Factor

Mini-ITX Motherboard


170mm x 170mm

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