FreeBSD compatible mini-itx board

TJ Varghese tj at
Fri May 20 15:26:47 UTC 2011

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 4:05 PM, Erik Nørgaard <norgaard at>wrote:

> Hi:
> I am looking for a new low power mini-itx board for my firewall/home
> server. I've had VIA boards but flacky disk controller and other problems
> have made me look for something else.
> So, going all Intel, I hope there will be no hardware problems. I'm looking
> at The Intel D945GSEJT with an Atom N270 processor and the following specs:
> Mobile Intel 945GSE Express Chipset
> Intel 82945GSE Express Chipset Graphics/Memory Controller Hub
> Intel 82801GBM I/O Controller Hub (ICH7-M)
> Intel GMA950
> RealTek 8111DL Gigabit Ethernet Controller
> Does FBSD support this?
> I don't care about graphics basic VGA is enough as this will be a headless
> server. But I do care that the disk controller is fully supported as well as
> the NIC.
> Any suggestions of alternative boards? AFAIK the N270 is single core 32bit,
> a dual core and/or 64bit alternative would be interesting.
> Also: The Intel manual mentions: "Support for DDR2 533 MHz SO-DIMMs (DDR2
> 800 MHz and DDR2 667 MHz validated to run at 533 MHz only)"
> Will faster RAM result in a less stable system?
> And what is Serial Presence Detect RAM? I've never seen this advertised.
> Lots of questions, I know...
> Thanks, Erik
> _______________________________________________
I'd recommend the below instead, DDR2 is deprecated.

I've had good results with these. These can do 8GB on amd64 (though the
aforementioned page only states 4GB) with 2x4GB DDR3 1066 SODIMMs. AHCI &
GbE work fine. The D525MW is dualcore+HT, there's also the 425KT single
core+HT variant. The latter doesn't have GbE...not worth it IMHO.

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