Zotac preps two Z68-based Mini-ITX motherboardsBy Matthew DeCarlo
Zotac's ever-expanding range of pint-sized motherboards is about to get a little bigger. According to various reports, the company is preparing to unveil two new Mini-ITX motherboards based on Intel's latest desktop chipset during this year's Computex technology conference, which kicks off next Tuesday, May 31 and runs through Saturday, June 4.
Known as the Z68ITX-WiFi (rough MSRP of $244) and Z68 GT430 ITX-WiFi ($295), both boards are brimming with features, including an unoccupied LGA1155 processor socket, two SATA 3Gb/s and 6Gb/s ports, an assortment of USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports and headers, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and 7.1-channel audio with an optical S/PDIF output.
Despite their similarities, each board has its own perks. The former offers a second Gigabit Ethernet jack, two HDMI outputs and a Mini DisplayPort connector, and a spare PCI Express x16 slot. Additionally, the Z68ITX-WiFi has a pair of full-size DDR3 DIMM slots and passive cooling enabling a silent machine with the right CPU heatsink and case fans.
Conversely, the latter comes with an embedded Nvidia GeForce GT 430 graphics processor that relies on heatsink and fan combo for cooling. It loses the second network and HDMI ports, but gains two DVI outputs, one eSATA port, and a full-size DisplayPort connector. It also "downgrades" to an open-ended PCI Express x4 slot and DDR3 SO-DIMM slots.