In perfect synchronicity with Lian Li's new LAN party chassis, Zotac has unveiled its latest Mini-ITX motherboard. Meant to provide the foundation for compact multimedia rigs, the new A75-ITX features AMD's codenamed Hudson-D3 chipset along with the company's new FM1 socket. The platform supports AMD's latest Fusion APUs, including the E2, A4, A6 and flagship A8 series chips, which offer the best integrated graphics performance available today.
If the on-die Radeon chip doesn't cut it, the board offers one full-speed PCI Express x16 expansion slot for a discrete graphics card. You'll also find support for two DDR3 1866MHz RAM modules and up to four SATA 6Gb/s devices with RAID 0, 1 and 0+1 functionality. That's two less SATA 6Gb/s ports than A75 supports natively, but you can only fit so many connectors on a Mini-ITX board and Zotac has certainly augmented the Hudson-D3 with third-party controllers.
There's support for eight USB 3.0 ports (two via header) as well as dual-gigabit Ethernet -- twice as much as the A75 can handle on its own. Other connectivity includes two USB 2.0 ports (via header), eight-channel audio including digital SPDIF and HDMI audio outputs, DVI and HDMI video outputs (a VGA adapter is supplied), as well as 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Pricing and availability are unknown. For whatever it's worth, Asrock offers an A75 Mini-ITX board for $90, but it has less features (half the USB 3.0/Ethernet ports and no DVI, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth).
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