Packton and Mount Olive
Last modified on Thursday, 29 October 2009 13:55
Intel's upcoming Essential Series ITX motherboards, packed with
new Atom D510 and Atom D410 processors are starting to appear in
The more powerful, and hence more interesting version is the Intel
Essential Series D510MO aka Mount Olive. It is based on a dual-core
Atom D510 CPU clocked at 1.67GHz.The CPU has 2x512kB of cache and a 13W
TDP, but bear in mind that it also features integrated GMA 3150
The rest of the board isn't as interesting. It offers 1 mini PCIe
slot,a plain PCI slot and a single DDR2 800/667 memory slot. Sadly,
Intel is still sticking to VGA and there's no DVI or HDMI option, at
least not in this particular SKU. You also get 3 external USB 2.0
ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1 audio, ancient PS/2 mouse and keyboard
slots, as well as 2 SATA II connectors and 4 USBs internally.
The second board, codenamed Packton and designated Essential Series
D410PT, seems to be similar to Mount Olive, but there are some slight
differences. It has 100/10Mb LAN instead of 1Gb and it doesn't appear
to have 5.1 audio.
We left the best for last. Both boards are passively cooled, so there's
no pesky fans anymore and the pricing is quite fair. Mount Olive, with
its new D510 Atom and GMA 3150 graphics is currently listed at €60, the
same as the old Atom 330-based D945GCLF2 with Intel's horrid 945GC
chipset. We still don't have the MSRP for the D410 board, but we're guessing it will end up slightly under €50.