ECS has released its new Thin Mini-ITX motherboard designed for Intel’s Coffee Lake-S processors. The H310CH5-TI mainboard is aimed at miniature systems as well as upgradeable all-in-one desktops compatible with the said form-factor.

As the name suggests, the ECS H310CH5-TI is based on Intel’s H310 chipset and therefore supports the company’s 8th Generation Core i3/i5/i7 processors, as well as their cheaper Celeron and Pentium-branded brothers. The motherboard is outfitted with a 4+1-phase VRM that uses solid-state coils and capacitors to prolong lifespan of the platform and ensure stability during high loads. Unfortunately, ECS does not disclose which specific CPUs are qualified for the mainboard, but keeping in mind rather limited cooling that a Thin Mini-ITX chassis can provide, I wouldn't expect this board to be used with anything over a 65 W TDP chip.

The H310CH5-TI has two SO-DIMM slots supporting up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667 memory, one M.2-2280 slot for PCIe/SATA SSDs, two SATA 6 Gbps connectors, and one M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi/BT controller.

I/O capabilities of the motherboard are pretty typical for a Thin Mini-ITX platform. The motherboard has a GbE port (controlled by Realtek’s 8111H chip), one HDMI 1.4 output, one HDMI 1.4 input, four USB 3.0 Type-A connectors (two internal and two external), two USB 2.0 Type-A ports, and two audio jacks. It is noteworthy that the audio subsystem of the H310CH5-TI is comprised of the Realtek ALC662 codec and a six-channel DAC.

Since Slim Mini-ITX motherboards can be used for special-purpose systems and highly-integrated AIO desktops, the ECS H310CH5-TI also has numerous internal headers, including a card reader header, a webcam header, a touch board header, a camera header, an IR sensor header, and so on.

ECS has not disclosed pricing of the motherboard, but typically Intel H310-based boards are among the cheapest.

ECS Intel H310-Based Thin Mini-ITX Motherboard
CPUs Intel LGA1151 v2 CPUs
PCH Intel H310
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics from CPU
Display Outputs 1 × HDMI 1.4a
Memory 2 × DDR4 SO-DIMM
Up to 32 GB of DDR4-2667
Slots for Add-In-Cards 1 × M.2-2230 for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
1 × M.2-2280 for PCIe/SATA SSDs
Ethernet Realtek 8111H GbE controller
Storage 2 × SATA 6 Gbps
Audio Realtek ALC662
USB 4 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 2.0 Type-A
Serial Ports -
Wi-Fi optional
Operating Temperature ?
Form-Factor Mini-ITX (170 mm × 170 mm | 6.7" × 6.7")

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Source: ECS (via Hermitage Akihabara)

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  • CityZ - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - link

    Looks like there's a spot for an alternate power connector next to the 19V jack.
  • McGruberrr - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - link

    I've been looking for an ultra thin itx board for a special project. But I need pci-e x16, and ideally optical/digital audio. (or additional pcie risers) The WiFi and analog surround sound on other boards makes them all too tall! :/
  • bolkhov - Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - link

    What is "HDMI input"?
    How can iGPU be a *receiver* of a video-signal?
  • Death666Angel - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - link

    Because it is just digital data? HDMI inputs on non-monitor equipment is frequently used by streamers and reviewers to capture game footage from PC, consoles etc. that don't support capturing on their own or only with severe performance limitations. It is usally done by a PCIe or USB device with it's own chip and software. However, this isn't too unusual.
  • CityZ - Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - link

    It might just be to allow for overlaying the board's output over another device's output.

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