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Zotac H67-ITX Wi-Fi review

Teeny-tiny and packed full of Sandy Bridge goodness

Verdict

Zotac h67 itx wi fi


Quite frankly the Zotac's H67-ITX WiFi is a stunner.

Just one look at the rear I/O panel alone tells you all you need to know about how grown-up the concept of the ITX board has become. It's crammed with ports and despite its diminutive 17cm square PCB, Zotac has managed to load up the board as well.

It's quite remarkable just how well it all fits given the space restraints of the format.

Zotac has given the H67-ITX Wi-Fi plenty of SATA ports, the six in all that the H67 will support in fact. So this wee board has two SATA 6Gbps and four SATA3Gbps ports and, with mechanical notebook drives now at a terabyte capacity, there's no need to skimp on capacity in the tiny ITX cases that are available to stick the board in.

Sitting beside the two DDR3 DIMM slots is a mini PCIe slot which houses the 802.11n/g/b WiFi module, the dual antenna mount for which is situated on top of the DVI out port on the rear panel instead of the standard VGA out port.

Talking of the rear panel there is an impressive number of ports on it.

Deep breath, here we go...single PS/2 port, four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0 (there's a back plate with two more USB 3.0 ports bundled in the box), eSATA, HDMI, DisplayPort, LAN (for the Gigabit Ethernet) and the audio block that includes an optical S/PDIF out port.

The limitations of the mini ITX board's form factor are apparent when it comes to expansion slots. There is only room for a single x16 PCI-E slot, probably the best use for it would be as a home for something like a dual tuner TV card.

Zotac has even bothered to use high quality chokes and capacitors in the power circuits of the H67-ITX Wi-Fi which you might find a bit odd for a board like this.

But it's destined to end up in some tight fitting places so it makes sense to use components that can handle the heat build up that occurs in small form factor cases.

We liked:

With its DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort output options, together with the QuickSync video transcoding technology of Intel's Sandy Bridge processors, makes Zotac's H67-ITX a good choice to form the basis of a tiny HTPC or media PC.

We also liked the way Zotac has gone about choosing the components for the supply circuitry, it would have been much simpler, and cheaper too, just to plump for standard off-the-shelf parts.

We disliked:

If you are into ITX boards, then there's not a lot to dislike about the H67-ITX WiFi except perhaps the price tag.

At £120 is fifty quid dearer than Foxconn's ITX based H67S, but then again Zotac's board has a bit more going on with it.

Final word:

Superb mini motherboard that shows how far the concept of the ITX board has come in ten short years.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelH67 Express
Onboard VideoCPU Dependent Video
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots1
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket H2 LGA-1155
Brand NameZotac
Form FactorMini ITX
Processor SupportedCore i5, Core i7, Core i3
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Audio Channels7.1
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Number of SATA Interfaces7
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots2
eSATAYes
HDMIYes
DVIYes
Total Number of USB Ports6
Number of USB 3.0 Ports2
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports1
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports6
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
Total Number of PCI Express Slots1
Processor TechnologyHyper-Threading Technology
Height170.2 mm
Width170.2 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Product ModelH67ITX-A-E
Product NameH67ITX-A-E Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberH67ITX-A-E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Assemble the perfect small system for all your computing demands with the flexible ZOTAC H67-ITX WiFi Mini-ITX platform. The ZOTAC H67-ITX WiFi supports socket LGA1155 2nd generation Intel Core family processors with turbocharged Intel HD Graphics to let users select the perfect amount of processing power for their needs - whether it is dual or quad-core, with or without Intel HyperThreading technology.

Demanding gamers can install a standard PCI Express x16 ZOTAC graphics card in the H67-ITX WiFi to form a perfect miniature gaming PC that delivers big system power in a miniature. A mix of seven total SATA 6.0 Gb/s, SATA 3.0 Gb/s and eSATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 support on the ZOTAC H67-ITX WiFi enable users to maximize storage connectivity and complete the ultimate home theatre PC or home file server.

Package Contents
  • H67ITX-A-E Desktop Motherboard
  • 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