Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review

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 2048×1536
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