Both boards get the regular Zotac mini-ITX treatment. Onboard Wi-Fi via a mini-PCIe module, dual DDR3 slots supporting up to 8GB, a multitude of video out connectors, gigabit Ethernet, and a PCIe x1 slot.  Both motherboards are supported with an AMD HD4250 GPU, and have HDMI + DVI back port connectors to match.

M880G-ITX - MSRP $229

The M880G-ITX uses the AMD M880G + SB820M chipset, and comes equipped with an AMD Turion II Neo K625 dual-core 1.5Ghz processor.  Aside from this, we’re also looking at six SATA 6Gb/s ports, capable of RAID 5.  This setup could make for a nice little home storage system.  Apart from this, it might make for a simple machine that you might build for your Grandparents if they don’t play games, and do nothing taxing beyond word processing and looking at pictures.

 

As standard, the back panel comes with two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports (another two possible via a pin header), a serial port, a HD Audio set of ports, a PS/2 keyboard connector and an optical S/PDIF output.

 

880G-ITX - MSRP $119

The 880G-ITX instead uses the AMD 880G + SB850 chipset, and comes sans CPU, accepting any AM3 processor up to a 95W TDP.  Apart from this, the board isn’t too different from the M880G-ITX, except from two fewer SATA 6Gb/s ports and two more USB 2.0 ports.

 

With Sandy Bridge around the corner, we’re not too sure what Zotac want from these boards.  The niche market they satisfy isn’t going to jump on them immediately, and they will have to be priced competitively to sell (we're awaiting MSRP information from Zotac).

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  • bwooster0 - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    From the pictures it seems that the boards have two PCI slots. Any idea if they are x1/x4/x8/x16? Reply
  • Vepsa - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    No, they have a single PCIe x1 slot and two memory slots. Reply
  • ajp_anton - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    Plus a mini-PCIe slot. Don't know how to make it useful though... (and it's already occupied by the wireless). Reply
  • Pirks - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    mATX boards with modern AMD chipsets (i.e. 780G in the past and 880G these days) always cost WAAAY WAAAAAYYYY less than comparable mITX ones, so why bother? Pay extra $100 or so just to get a TAD smaller mITX case compared to slim mATX one? Yeah Zotac keep ya fockin dreamin, LOL Reply
  • sprockkets - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    Supply and demand pirks, supply and demand. Reply
  • sleepeeg3 - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    So you can fit it in a carPC where a mATX will never fit? Reply
  • kallogan - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    You should go for the Sapphire ipc-am3dd785g instead of buying those. It has a PCI-E 16x port and works perfectltly fine. I have one and am very pleased with it. Allows you to to do a little FSB/multiplicator OCing but no voltage tweaks. My Phenom II X3 720 2,8 ghz runs stable at 3,4 Ghz silent and cold. Coupled with a HD 5850.
    Plus, Zotac wifi onboard sucks most of the time.
    Reply
  • Gungel - Saturday, December 04, 2010 - link

    An even better board is the ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe for $125. Cheaper and it also comes with a full size PCIe slot and all the goodies of an ASUS BIOS with core unlocker and auto tuning to overclock the system to its max. Reply
  • GeorgeH - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    If those 6x SATA ports are native (not off a multiplier) it will probably sell well enough for its niche - that many ports with a low power CPU puts the board in pretty exclusive company. Reply
  • Sahrin - Friday, December 03, 2010 - link

    Here's what I want:

    Quad Core x86
    2 x PEGx16
    4 DIMM slots
    6 x SATA 6 RAID5
    1 x GbE
    1 x 802.11n
    Mini-ITX
    <$150

    This would make the best general purpose home server in the history of the world. You could probably drop the second PEG slot if the performance on the SATA6 was solid enough.
    Reply

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