Zotac Packs AMD A75 Into Mini-ITX Form Factorby Kristian Vättö on September 22, 2011 1:18 PM EST
ZOTAC has today released A75-ITX WiFi motherboard. Like the name suggests, this motherboard is based on AMD's A75 chipset and comes in Mini-ITX form factor. Don't let the size fool you though, A75-ITX has an impressive list of features when compared to its size.
|ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi|
|Memory Slots||2x DDR3 DIMM|
|Memory Speed||Up to 1866MHz|
|PCIe||One x16 slot|
|SATA||4x SATA 6Gb/s|
|USB||8x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0|
|Networking||Dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0|
|Video Outputs||DVI, HDMI, VGA|
When you look at the specs, it doesn't lose much to its bigger brothers. The best CPU you can install at the moment is A8-3850 (our review), which is definitely not bad. There is also a full speed PCIe x16 slot (most likely PCIe 2.0), meaning that a high-speed GPU isn't an issue. On top of that, there are eight USB 3.0 ports. The A75 chipset provides only four USB 3.0 ports, which suggests that there is a discrete USB 3.0 controller providing the extra four.
ZOTAC isn't alone in the A75 mini-ITX market though, at least AsRock has a similar motherboard as well. We reviewed ZOTAC's Z68ITX-A-E WiFi very recently, so that might offer some early thoughts on what to expect from A75-ITX. The suggested retail price is $149 and it will be available next week.