Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge for Mini-ITX

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The H67-ITX is laid out like previous H55 mini-ITX boards. Compared to most mATX/ATX boards, many components and connectors are located in opposite positions. The CPU socket occupies the bottom half of the board. As a result, wide aftermarket heatsinks like the Scythe Big Shuriken hang over the PCI-E slot rendering it unusable.

Except for one fan header, The H67-ITX has an almost identical layout to the H55-ITX. The USB headers, SATA ports, and PCH are near the top edge, the 24-pin ATX connector is on the far right side, and the AUX12V port is awkwardly placed near the bottom left hand corner.

The VRM heatsink is 26 mm tall but noticeably undersized compared to those on many microATX and full ATX offerings. It's so cramped that capacitors are embedded within the structure, costing valuable cooling surface area.

Taking full advantage of the H67 chipset's capabilities, the board has six SATA ports, two of which conform to the new 6 Gbps standard. On the right of the PCH heatsink is a much sought after internal USB 3.0 header, while the opposite side is home to a mini PCI-E slot populated by an 802.11n card using an Atheros chipset.

The VRM heatsink is secured using spring-loaded screws.

The back panel is fully stocked with USB 3.0, eSATA (JMicron JMB36X controller) and S/PDIF ports. Three video outputs are available: DisplayPort, HDMI and DVI. The red clown noses protect the antenna contacts for the board's WiFi adapter.

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