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Zotac mini-ITX Z68 motherboards to ship in July

Zotac mini-ITX Z68 motherboards to ship in July

Thanks to Z68, Zotac's new motherboards will finally offer LGA1155 overclocking on a mini-ITX PC.

Zotac has announced that its two new mini-ITX Z68-based motherboards should be on sale in July this year.

The Z68-ITX WiFi and Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme are the first LGA1155 mini-ITX motherboards to be able to take advantage of Intel's K-series CPUs' unlocked multipliers, thanks to the Z68 chipset.

Previous mini-ITX LGA1155 motherboards have used either the H61 or H67 chipsets, neither of which support overclocking using the CPU multiplier.

The Z68-ITX WiFi sports dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, two SATA 6Gbps ports, dual HDMI ports and four USB 3 ports, along with Intel GMA HD 2000/3000 integrated graphics with the option for beefier gaming performance thanks to a 16x PCI-E slot.

Meanwhile, the Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme is geared more towards HTPCs with two SO-DIMM slots for dinky RAM modules, and there's also the option of an integrated DirectX11 GeForce GT 430 graphics chip. Both boards support RAID 0,1,0+1 and 5, as well as being compatible with LGA1155 Core i3, i5 and i7 CPUs.

Zotac has also hinted at the retail prices for the boards, with the Z68-ITX WiFi costing around $169.99 and the Z68-ITX WiFi Supreme demanding a little more at $219.99. UK reader's fear not, though - Zotac says that samples are already heading our way, so we'll be sure to give you low-down in the not too distant future.

While it remains to be seen how far you could push an Intel Core i5-2500K in a mini-ITX system, this is a major step forward for the small form factor, which has gained significant ground in recent years thanks to quad-core CPU support, beefier on-board graphics and the inclusion of 16x PCI-E graphics slots.

To see more of the motherboards head over to Zotac's website.

Are you interested in Zotac's new motherboards? Will you be pairing one with an Intel K-series CPU? Let us know in the forums.

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Turbobutts 16th June 2011, 12:24 Quote
Oh great, the ONE time there's an ITX socket 1155 board with a proper chipset it doesn't have a PCIe 16x slot. This is just stupid.
Kamikaze-X 16th June 2011, 13:12 Quote
yes, it does.

the non 'supreme' version has 16X.
Parge 16th June 2011, 13:33 Quote
Yay! Finally. I mean, I still won't upgrade, but its nice to have the option.
Picarro 16th June 2011, 13:35 Quote
That could very well be the base for my next computer. Powerhouse SFF cheesecake.
javaman 16th June 2011, 13:46 Quote
zotac boards tempt me to build a top end gaming PC in an insanely small case. Then reality hits that I dont have money for that!
Tattysnuc 16th June 2011, 14:00 Quote
Way-to-go Zotac! Great concept. a logical progression from the S755 board that I bought of yours. All I need to do now is to get a minuscule 500W PSU and a discrete water cooling loop, and the dream is complete...
Combatus 16th June 2011, 14:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turbobutts
Oh great, the ONE time there's an ITX socket 1155 board with a proper chipset it doesn't have a PCIe 16x slot. This is just stupid.

My fault - used the image for the Supreme - I've just updated the article image to the Z68-ITX WiFi which is probably the more interesting board.
Xir 16th June 2011, 14:08 Quote
Z68 has been out for a month...I've been waiting for a MoBo review...Comeon!
Parge 16th June 2011, 14:09 Quote
I’m living your dream mate, I have a OC’d i5-750 cooled with a Antec Kuhler 620 and a GTX 570, powered by the Silverstone 600w PSU. All in a SG07.

Its tiny, powerful and silent.
Pete J 16th June 2011, 14:14 Quote
I've always wanted to build a cute little PC with some grunt.

I'll have to persuade one of my friends that they need a new system!
MrJay 16th June 2011, 15:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Turbobutts
Oh great, the ONE time there's an ITX socket 1155 board with a proper chipset it doesn't have a PCIe 16x slot. This is just stupid.

Yeah i thought that looking at the picture!
Glad they have a x16. I know the form factor limits functionality but some of the boards i have seen have the most bizzar mish mash of features, its very rare to find what you need in a board.
Goty 17th June 2011, 00:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Xir
Z68 has been out for a month...I've been waiting for a MoBo review...Comeon!

If you want to use the HD3000 graphics, just go read an H67 review. Otherwise, go read any other P67 review and you're good to go!
dunx 17th June 2011, 12:38 Quote
OC-ing isn't likely if the PSU components are as poor as the 1156 version... at 140 BCLK mine died within 8 months, but at least it was swapped out under warranty.

dunx

P.S. Mine ended up in my car...
Xir 17th June 2011, 14:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Goty
If you want to use the HD3000 graphics, just go read an H67 review. Otherwise, go read any other P67 review and you're good to go!

I don't know...does the ASUS P8Z68-V overclock as well as the ASUS P8P67 which is priased here in the monthly buyers guide?

It's only 10€ more, and I'd gain the SSD-caching ability for this. sooo (don't care about the HD graphics) :D

Also:
Why do most websites review the -Pro variant of these boards...hmmm
IcyAero 26th June 2011, 16:09 Quote
I'm planning to buy a new ITX setup for processing photos and little gaming.

So far I've come up to buy;
2x4GB of cheapest DDR3 1333MHz RAM (70EUR)
PowerColor HD5770 1GB (85EUR)
Intel i5-2500(K?)
(170EUR non-K)

The question remaining is the motherboard - should I buy H67 (as there are no P67 mini-ITX motherboards on the market) or wait for these Z68 so I can allow the 2500 processor overclock itself? I'm not planning to overclock it myself, but hearing information that the processors could overclock themselves a bit is always a welcome performance boost. The budget for the motherboard is max. 150EUR. Also, anyone has experiences with PowerColor - quality products?

My budget for upgrades is 500-600EUR, which I doubt an SSD could fit.

EDIT: I was reading Zotac's website, and apparently the new Z68-WiFi-ITX motherboard (not Supreme) will support memory of "DDR3-2133" - as in 2133MHz?? O_o
dietrying86 27th June 2011, 20:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by IcyAero
The question remaining is the motherboard - should I buy H67 (as there are no P67 mini-ITX motherboards on the market) or wait for these Z68 so I can allow the 2500 processor overclock itself? I'm not planning to overclock it myself, but hearing information that the processors could overclock themselves a bit is always a welcome performance boost. The budget for the motherboard is max. 150EUR.


EDIT: I was reading Zotac's website, and apparently the new Z68-WiFi-ITX motherboard (not Supreme) will support memory of "DDR3-2133" - as in 2133MHz?? O_o


If you aren't planning to overclock it yourself, you're fine to get the H67. the H67 still enables the chip's onboard overclocking (TurboBoost as intel calls it) so no problem there. you need a P67 or Z68 board in order to overclock it over the factory settings. For the Motherboard, i got an AsRock H67/ITX-HT from Newegg for like $120 (USD). not sure if Newegg will ship to europe or not, but worth a shot. it's been a great board and easy setup too. i got it as a board to build my system on while i waited on a P67 or z68 ITX board to come out. after a good one does come out, i'm going to use the AsRock board to build a home theater PC.
(note, AsRock is owned/developed by ASUS, so its basically an ASUS board with different logos and a cheaper price.)

And i would say that's a typo on Zotac's website. DDR3 2133 is available.. but most motherboards don't support it that high. if it isn't a typo, it's pretty impressive on an ITX board.

hope this helps!


My system:

Intel i7 2600k, AsRock H67/ITX-HT, Patriot Sector 5 8gb RAM, 1TB HDD, 64 GB SSD, EVGA 580 SC, Corsair H50 Watercooler, LG Slim Blu-Ray drive, Silverstone SG-07 case
Pete Wright 18th July 2011, 20:08 Quote
So where the hell is the UK stock then!
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