Zotac A75-ITX WiFi review

  • £105

A little motherboard with big ideas

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Our Verdict

Almost the ideal platform for the desktop Llano, though some improved CPU performance wouldn't go amiss.

For

  • Teeny-tiny
  • Feature-packed

Against

  • Weak CPU performance
  • Slightly expensive

Zotac is really making a mark for itself as a motherboard manufacturer, especially in the small form factor arena, and this Zotac A75-ITX WiFi certainly looks to continue that trend.

We checked out the Z68-ITX WiFi a little while back and its combination of packed PCB and impressive performance made it an incredibly interesting prospect for a wee Intel Sandy Bridge machine.

More suited to the smaller PC though is AMD's Llano APU. In a form factor where space is at a premium having decent graphics power on-chip makes for a well-rounded machine in a very tight space.

Intel's Sandy Bridge may also have integrated graphics but that hardly gives you much power beyond a little light media play and standard web-crawling.

The Llano APUs though have discrete-class graphics prowess, maybe not of the high-end calibre, but certainly far better than anything we've seen before.

So what compromises have been made to the A75 platform to squeeze it down into this small form factor?

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelA75
Multi GPU SupportedNo
Onboard VideoOn-board Video Chipset
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket FM1
Brand NameZotac
Form FactorMini ITX
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory8 GB
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelRadeon HD 6000
Audio Channels7.1
BluetoothYes
Gigabit EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Number of SATA Interfaces4
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots2
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports2
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports6
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports2
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports2
Total Number of PCI Express Slots2
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Width170.2 mm
Depth170.2 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Product ModelA75ITX-A-E
Product NameA75ITX-A-E Desktop Motherboard
Package TypeRetail
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberA75ITX-A-E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Maximize CPU and GPU synergy with the AMD APU-compatible ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi mini-ITX platform for a revolutionary system that combines multi-core processing with up to 400 AMD Radeon cores. The ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi packs an AMD FM1 socket ready to accept AMD APUs with discrete-class AMD Radeon HD 6000 series graphics processors for outstanding Microsoft DirectX 11 visuals and world-class high-definition Blu-ray and streaming Internet video playback.

The AMD FM1 socket is accompanied by class-leading expansion capabilities with the ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi including a PCI Express x16 slot, 4 SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports with RAID 0, 1, 0+1 support and up to eight USB 3.0 ports. The ZOTAC A75-ITX WiFi also packs superior networking capabilities including dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity with your wired and wireless network, and wireless devices and peripherals.