Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge for Mini-ITX

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Zotac H67-ITX: Sandy Bridge on Mini-ITX

April 17, 2011 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Zotac H67-ITX-C-E
LGA1155 mini-ITX motherboard
Manufacturer
Zotac
Street Price
US$150

Though mini-ITX has gotten plenty of love from Zotac and a few other manufacturers, the potential performance of this small form factor has always been limited by power consumption. The highest performance CPUs use more energy, producing more heat waste and requiring more advanced power regulation circuitry. The amount of space and cooling available in a typical mini-ITX system just wasn't enough for the high-end chips like the 130W Core i7's for LGA1366. As a result, power users who wanted mini-ITX PCs had to make due with 95W chips from Intel's budget socket, LGA1156.

The release of Intel's Sandy Bridge LGA1155 platform changed everything. CPUs like the Core i5-2500K and i7-2600K outperform the best quad cores LGA1366 have to offer, and more importantly, with far superior energy efficiency. The time has come for mini-ITX enthusiasts to finally get CPU performance rivaling what's available for clunky ATX towers.


The Zotac H67-ITX box.

The most notable mini-ITX LGA1155 offering comes from Zotac who have put out yet another flagship board with enough trimmings to rival a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Martha Stewart. They did it in the past with the GeForce 9300-ITX for LGA775, then the H55-ITX for LGA1156, and they've upped the ante once again with the H67-ITX, the most complete mini-ITX solution for LGA1155.

The H67-ITX is obviously based on the H67 chipset, so multiplier overclocking is off the table, not that overclocking is advisable in a mini-ITX environment. But other than that, Zotac has delivered a full-fledged Sandy Bridge solution complete with six internal SATA ports, eSATA, USB 3.0, wireless 802.11n, and even a DisplayPort connector.


Accessories.

Along with a stacked feature-set, the board also ships with an impressive batch of accessories including four locking SATA cables, a USB 3.0 expansion bracket, a 4-pin AUX12V extension cable, and a DVI to VGA adapter.

Zotac H67-ITX-C-E: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model H67ITX-C-E
Chipset Intel® H67 Express
CPU Socket LGA1155
Form Factor Mini-ITX
Memory Size Up to 16GB
Memory Slots 2 x 240-pin DIMM
Memory Type DDR3 1333
Onboard LAN 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
Wireless: 802.11n (300 Mb/s)
Onboard Video Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000 ready
Package Contents 4 x SATA cables
1 x DVI-to-VGA adapter
1 x I/O back plate
2 x WiFi antennas
1 x 4-pin power extension cable
1 x USB 3.0 header (full-size bracket)
1 x USB 3.0 low-profile bracket
PCI 1 x Mini-PCI Express (occupied by WiFi card)
PCI Express x16 1 x PCI Express x16
SATA 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s, 4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s, 1 x eSATA
USB 4 x USB 3.0 (2 on back panel, 2 on pin header), 8 x USB 2.0 (4 on back panel, 4 on pin header)
Video Ports 1 x DVI, 1 x HDMI (1.4a), 1 x DisplayPort


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