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Intel BOXD945GCLF2 MINI-ITX DDR2 945GC Dual Core Atom 1PCI Motherboard Retail

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SKU: 33303
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
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Experience: 3 Days


Very small, great on power, and generally quiet
Active Fan on Heatsink. What's up with that? A passive cooling solution would be so much better!
You just can't beat the price for this board. Unfortunately, be sure to budget a few more bucks for a replacement chipset fan, or alternatively even more cash for a good passive heatsink. The heatsinks that are on the board look pretty cheap!

Experience: 1 Weeks


Take 2.5 Amp max at 12V = 30W power consumption
NorthBridge Fan need to be changed for it to be noiseless.
Take 2.5 Amp max at 12V = 30W power consumption. Powerfull enough to run Windows XP. It takes standard DDR2 memory for wich I paid 9.99$ for 1024M.

Experience: 3 Weeks


Good price, fast for a mini itx board, low electricity consumption,stable
chipset fan is loud, only one ram slot
I got this motherboard to build a server works really good, the only thing is that the chipset fan is loud, wich I will replace soon for a quieter one.

Experience: 5 Months


Great Board, just does what it needs to do. Used as a Windows Server 2003 NAS/DC/Routing/VM Host Box.
Numerous Issues with this board. BIOS doesn't want to upgrade via iFLASH or Express BIOS Update, LOUD IGP Fan (fixed with Scythe's 40mm FAN) and has issues with on board GbE chip. Adding a second Ethernet network card will certainly kill it unless you upgrade to the latest BIOS.
Bought this for a Windows Server 2003 EE NAS/DC/Routing/VM Host Box. Most features load fast and work fine Virtualized or not.

However there are four issues that really killed this board:

1. Loud GPU/IGP fan. It just gets too loud. Fixed it with a Scythe 40MM fan instead of the stock TNT fan. My board had to be replaced by NCIX once because the stock TNT fan just crapped out.

2. BIOS won't upgrade without a fight. Had to do the recovery method as suggested by one of Intel's support techs.

3. A BIOS related bug that can kill this box if there was a second Ethernet NIC added on the PCI slot. (A Wireless Card works fine, but an Ethernet card will lock up the system under Windows Server 2003 or XP) Fixed it with BIOS version LF94510J.86A.0171.2009.0403.0118

4. The ES version of the Atom 330 CPU was used in my board. I just only found it out today. ES's won't last long and I might need to get a replacement for this board by the end of the year if the ES chip does really fail.

I would give this board a 5, but given the issues above, I'd lower it to a 3.

Experience: 11 Days


Small size, low power consumption, good performance.
Will not boot with only hard drives attached to ATA 100.
Used for a home server build. Excellent board but it would not boot unless a CD/DVDROM was installed on the IDE channel.

a. Nothing attached to the IDE (SATA drives only) - Boots OK.
b. Two Seagate 7200.10 IDE drives installed - No Boot.
c. One Seagate Drive and the CD/DVDROM (Master or Slave) - Boots OK.

Experience: 1 Months


Small, fast, dual core Atom, hyper threading support, CHEAP!, 1Gigabit NIC, two SATA-II connectors, PCI slot, S-Video out.
Perfect for a small power efficient closet server.
Noisy and crappy chipset fan, no PCIe support, no HDMI output, NIC is not supported by FreeNAS 0.69, though worked with nightly build 0.7.
Bought this and Apex MI-008 case to build my own NAS/LAMP server. With such low power consumption and plenty of power behind dual core Atom it's perfect for 24x7 server. Combine that with a small Mini-ITX case like Apex MI-100 or MI-008 and now it looks great and has a size of a shoebox. Ubuntu 8.10 Server runs on it like a charm (after BIOS update).

This review was modfied by poster @ 03-13-09 12:03 PM

Experience: 45 Days


Cheap, small, low-power, decently powerful.
Just one PCI slot and not an express one at that. Northbridge fan not reliable.
This is probably the best $/performance ITX board I have ever owned - beats Via's VT-310dp out of the water (except for encryption related tasks). It is too bad that it only has a single memory slot and only 2 SATA ports. Would have made a great NAS board. I highly recommend you find a fanless enclosure with heatpipe cooling and mod it to support this board. There is no reason that it has to be so loud.

Experience: 10 Days


- small size
- low power
- low cost
only 1 stick of ram
only VGA output
I used this for a home server setup. worked great and is use almost no power so i can let it run 24/7. Great stuff

Experience: 1 Days


Small footprint
Low power consumption
one pci slot
one ram slot
Bought this dual core atom board for a file server. There is only one ram slot which is kind of a bummer but I purchased a 2gb stick and i don't believe I'll need anything more. I was looking for something that was low power consumption and fast enough to serve some big files. So far this baby works pretty good. I installed windows home server and it runs pretty decent. I paired this up with a VIA sata card which gave me 2 more available hard drives to install. All in all I am happy with my purchase!

Lance W
Experience: 1 Weeks


Energy Efficient
CPU can play 1080p x264/MKV smoothly
Weak IGP, lacks digital output
Loud chipset fan
This is a great CPU/board for a cheap mini-ITX rig that handles better than anything single-core. It's energy efficient and enough to playback 1080p x264/MKV (if you use CoreAVC). I used it in a system I built for my mother using an Apex MI-008 case.

The onboard graphics are seriously weak - don't expect to do anything with it. No you can't play Blu-ray on it, not that you'd want to since it lacks DVI, HDMI and S/PDIF.

The little POS fan is the worst. For some relief plug the fan into the second fan header - you can set it in the BIOS to run at 50%. I unplugged it altogether and slapped an unsecured 80mm fan over it. Not pretty but it works and is a lot quieter.

p.s. Anyone who complains about only one expansion slot needs to get their head examined - that's mini-ITX SPEC. Also is 2 SATA ports not enough? How many drives can you fit in a typical mini-ITX case? Narm.

This review was modfied by poster @ 01-18-09 01:46 AM

Product Videos [ Edit ]

Features [ Edit | History ]


The Intel Desktop Board D945GCLF2 is designed to support Internet-centric computing, delivering incredible capabilities in the new flexible Mini-ITX form factor. Featuring the integrated 45nm dual-core Intel Atom processor 330 and the Intel 945GC Express Chipset, this board is an energy-efficient solution for home users as well as for unique vertical markets. Designed with Intel?s leading edge 45nm Hi-k metal gate processor, this board delivers incredible opportunities to communicate, listen, watch, play, and learn via Internet connectivity.

Quick Specs:
Maximum Memory 2 GB
Limited Warranty 3 Year
Form Factor Mini ITX
Processor Supported Atom
Total Processor Supported 1
Controller Type Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6) Serial ATA/300
Processor Socket Socket 437
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Width 6.8"
Depth 6.8"
Environmentally Friendly Yes
Environmental Certification ENERGY STAR RoHS
Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Number of Memory Slots 1
Graphics Controller Manufacturer Intel
Graphics Controller Model GMA 950
Audio Channels 5.1
Gigabit Ethernet Yes
Number of SATA Interfaces 2
Onboard Video On-board Video Chipset
Number of Total Expansion Slots 1
Total Number of USB Ports 4
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports 2
Onboard S/PDIF Header Yes
Memory Speed Supported 533 MHz 667 MHz
Energy Star Yes

Specifications [ Edit | History ]

     Audio Channels: 5.1
     Sound Controller Manufacturer: Realtek
     Sound Controller Model: ALC662
General Information  
     Brand Name: Intel
     Manufacturer: Intel Corporation
     Manufacturer Part Number: BOXD945GCLF2
     Manufacturer Website Address: https://www.intel.com
     Packaged Quantity: 1
     Packing: Box
     Product Line: Essential
     Product Model: D945GCLF2
     Product Name: Essential D945GCLF2 Desktop Motherboard
     Product Type: Desktop Motherboard
I/O Controller  
     Controller Type: Ultra ATA/100 (ATA-6)
Serial ATA/300
I/O Expansions  
     Number of PCI Slots: 1
     Number of Total Expansion Slots: 1
     Audio Line In: Yes
     Audio Line Out: Yes
     Microphone Port: Yes
     Network (RJ-45): Yes
     Number of S-Video Outputs: 1
     Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 4
     Parallel Port: Yes
     S-Video: Yes
     Serial Port: Yes
     Total Number of USB Ports: 4
     VGA: Yes
     Maximum Memory: 2 GB
     Memory Speed Supported: 533 MHz
667 MHz
     Memory Standard: DDR2-533/PC2-4200
     Memory Technology: DDR2 SDRAM
     Number of Memory Slots: 1
     Additional Information:


  • Intel BIOS (resident in the SPI Flash device)
  • Support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI), Plug and Play, and SMBIOS

     Energy Star: Yes
     Environmental Certification: ENERGY STAR
     Environmentally Friendly: Yes
Network & Communication  
     Gigabit Ethernet: Yes
Onboard Interfaces  
     Number of IDE Interfaces: 1
     Number of SATA Interfaces: 2
     Onboard Audio Header: Yes
     Onboard LEDs Header: Yes
     Onboard S/PDIF Header: Yes
     Total Number of Onboard USB Ports: 2
Physical Characteristics  
     Depth: 6.75" (171.45 mm)
     Form Factor: Mini ITX
     Width: 6.75" (171.45 mm)
Processor & Chipset  
     Chipset Manufacturer: Intel
     Front Side Bus: 533 MHz
     Processor Socket: Socket 437
     Processor Supported: Atom
     Processor Technology: Hyper-Threading Technology
     Total Processor Supported: 1
     Graphics Controller Manufacturer: Intel
     Graphics Controller Model: GMA 950
     Onboard Video: On-board Video Chipset
     Limited Warranty: 3 Year

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