Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review


Today we're taking a look at the latest motherboard from Zotac. Based around the recently released Z68 chipset this is a seriously compact ITX form factor board with built in WiFi. 

Indeed there are a few features on the Zotac that make it worthy of a second look as a potential board. There is Intel's HD3000 GPU, room for a full-on discrete GPU should the mood take you and all the normal things we'd expect out of a Z68 based motherboard.

What really raises our eyebrows is the overclocking potential, something that isn't always available on such tiny boards, but we're getting a little ahead of ourselves. Let's take a look at the specifications.

Technical Specifications

As you can see with support for 2133MHz DDR3, SATA 3, USB 3.0 and a x16 PCIe slot this isn't short of all the latest gadgets. It's especially nice to see the on-board WiFi is of the 802.11n variety so it should get a great signal wherever you choose to place it, vital as obviously ITX boards lend themselves to HTPC applications.

Model Z68ITX-A-E
Manufacturer Intel
Chipset Z68 Express
GPU Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000 ready
Name 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ series
2000 Series Intel® Core i3, i5 & i7 ready
Support up to 130-watt TDP

Socket LGA1155
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Speed 2133 MHz
Slots 2 x 240-pin DIMM
Capacity Up to 16GB
Expansion Slots 1 x PCI Express x16
1 x Combo mini-PCI Express / mSATA (occupied by WiFi card)
DirectX DirectX 10.1
OpenGL OpenGL 2.1
Ethernet 2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps
WiFi 802.11n/g/b (300 Mb/s)
Analog 8-ch HD
Digital S/PDIF
HDMI 2 (HDMI 1.4a)
DisplayPort 1 (min-DP)
SATA 2 (SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
2 (SATA 3.0 Gb/s)
PS/2 1 (keyboard/mouse)
Serial Port NA
USB Ports 4 USB 3.0 (2 on back panel, 2 on pin header)
8 USB 2.0 (4 on back panel, 4 on pin header)
Firewire N/A
Cooler Passive (without fan)
Form Factor mini-ITX
Windows Windows® Vista/7 premium ready
SLI Supported No
Maximum Resolution 2048x1536
Package Contents 4 x SATA cables
1 x I/O back plate
2 x WiFi antennas
1 x 8-pin power extension cable
1 x USB 3.0 header (full-size bracket)
1 x USB 3.0 low-profile bracket
1 x Vertical mini-PCI Express full height bracket (for mSATA SSDs)
1 x mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter
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Most Recent Comments

08-07-2011, 11:55:42

If you look at all the recent SB itx boards from Asus & Gigabyte, they also have the socket too close to the pci-e slot. But those are H61 & H67 boards that won't overclock. I'm eagerly awaiting the upcoming Z68 board from Gigabyte, hopefully they'll move the socket over so that you can get decent tower cooler on there. The Thermalright axp 140 seems to be the best choice for these boards at the moment - but the tolerances are very small....

The Prolimatech Samuel 17 is also a good choice.Quote

08-07-2011, 13:37:34


£12. Would have been good for testing purposes.

In fairness to the manufacturers, they'd not envisage the sense in buying an itx mobo and sticking a tower on it. You'd ideally be looking at the smallest case to fit the thing in with your low power cpu and possibly a 1u/2u type cooler.

For benching the thing, naturally you'll go with the best cooler you have at hand and clock the crap out of it the best you can.

These itx mobos are too expensive imo.Quote

08-07-2011, 13:45:53

Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post

These itx mobos are too expensive imo.
Exactly what I was thinking, you can get a full ATX one for the same price and seen as these Itx are half the size and use less PCB etc they should definietly be cheaper, by at least £40.Quote

08-07-2011, 13:53:40

IMO they are pointless for the likes of the power-users of this forum

but it is nice to know the developments of certain manufacturers

if it looks tacky and doesn't overclock very well, i ain't interested - lolQuote

08-07-2011, 19:10:50

I have been following the development of these itx boards for a few years now, waiting to build a small powerful rig. Zotac build alot of these itx boards but I think that their history has been somewhat spotted. I remember the old 9300 based boards that were billed as the ultimate itx board, but they wouldn't go to sleep properly. I personally wouldn't buy a Zotac board and have been waiting for the SB itx boards to mature. For my money I would buy the Asus P8H67-I Deluxe, it has just about everything - but you can't overclock it... I hope Gigabyte hit a homerun with their Z68 offering...Quote

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