Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Review

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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