We just received an Executive Series Intel Desktop Board DQ67EP that we will be using to build a small form factor system with.
It will be going into an Antec ISK 300-150 with an Intel Core i5-2400s CPU.
This board packs a lot in to a very small space. Because of this, depending on the case they are mounted in the units can be installed or mounted virtually anywhere a system with good power is required.
One of the interesting new features on this board is the following:
There is a black Mini PCI-e slot just to the left of the power connector. The two screws are installed in a pair of standoffs to allow for the install of a Mini PCI-e card.
When we have a look at the Tested Components for DQ67EP list we see the following:
We have the ability to install a wireless LAN card in this slot thus saving the full size PCI-e x16 slot for video or other add-in card. This is a pretty neat little feature.
One of the things to take note of is that the board itself is actually heavy relative to its size.
Once we have the system together, updated the BIOS, installed the OS and drivers we will run a burn-in process. We will then test to see if those USB 3.0 ports and SATA 6Gb/s really do make a difference.
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book