Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review

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Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review

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No the writing isn't huge, the box is a mere 8 inches square. It's a wonder of compactness. In fact when you see how much stuff has been squeezed into this we're surprised Zotac haven't won some kind of environmental award because there isn't even a twig wasted on creating the card for the box, much less a tree.

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We've got the standard inclusions of power adaptors, SATA cables and IO shield, along with the driver CD and manuals. There is an 8-pin EPS12V extension cable included which is a boon if you've got an inflexible bunch of PSU cables.

And here is the board. It's not often that our photographs highlighting the various features of a motherboard cover the whole thing, but such is the excellent job in rearranging Zotac have done that's the case.

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Starting with the PCIe x16 socket. This is phenomenally close to the CPU socket which creates a slight problem we'll see on the next page. For now though it shows that if you wanted to you could stuff a GTX590 in this and create a monster gaming rig from a 7" motherboard.

Memory capacity is only two DIMM slots, but with higher density RAM available this is plenty for 8GB and yet still get the dual-channel benefits. It's worth paying a little attention to the "Super Overclock" marking on the board, because all is not as it seems.

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Like the EPS12V socket, the SATA ports have been relocated to help make the most of the tiny footprint. Being so much further from their normal spot it's worth double-checking you've got longer cables.

Round the back we have a lot of connection points. Four USB 2.0, 2 USB 3.0, 2 HDMI, a combi PS2 port, LAN, Audio and WiFi antenna.

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Most Recent Comments

08-07-2011, 07:55:42

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, 09:37:34


£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, 09:45:53

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, 09:53:40

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, 15:10:50

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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