Zotac Z68-ITX Wi-Fi review

Intel's top Sandy Bridge chipset shrinks for this mini ITX motherboard

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Our Verdict

This delightfully accomplished mini-motherboard packs a lot of technology in, but at a price


  • Intel Z68 on a tiny ITX board
  • Lovely array of features


  • Cooler mounting issues
  • Average performance

The Zotac Z68-ITX Wi-Fi really is an ITX board. Zotac, the mad fool, has opted to stick Intel's latest and greatest tech – the Z68 chipset with Sandy Bridge processor architecture – onto one of the smallest motherboard form factors available, but that's what Zotac does.

What's impressive is that Zotac has done this and managed to retain almost all of the features you'd expect on a full ATX motherboard.

The single available x16 PCIe slot is certainly a little less than you'd usually expect, while a mere two DIMM slots support 16GB of system memory.

That aside, there are three digital video outputs, four SATA ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight channel audio with digital out and enough space left for Gigabit networking and twin wireless N antenna. It's a mighty feast of technology from a tiny serving. But, as we all know, good things come in little packages.

We just have to hope the Zotac Z68-ITX Wi-Fi is one of these good little things.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelZ68 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 i3, Core i7
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory16 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots2
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Number of SATA Interfaces4
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots2
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports2
Network (RJ-45)Yes
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 Slots2
Memory Form FactorDIMM
Processor TechnologyHyper-Threading Technology
Width170.2 mm
Depth170.2 mm
ManufacturerZOTAC International
Product ModelZ68ITX-A-E
Product NameZ68ITX-A-E Desktop Motherboard
Controller TypeSerial ATA/600, Serial ATA/300
Manufacturer Part NumberZ68ITX-A-E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.zotac.com
Marketing Information

Assemble the perfect small form factor system for all your computing demands with the flexible ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi mini-ITX platform. The ZOTAC Z68-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.

Package Contents
  • Z68ITX-A-E Desktop Motherboard
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • 1 x I/O Back Plate
  • 2 x WiFi Antennas
  • 1 x 8-pin Power Extension Cable
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Header
  • 1 x USB 3.0 Low-Profile Bracket
  • 1 x Vertical mini-PCI Express Full Height Bracket
  • 1 x mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort Adapter
Limited Warranty2 Year