zotac z77 Zotac shows off three mini ITX 7 series motherboards at CES

For those of you that are into small high-end motherboards, Zotac was showing off no less than three new models at CES intended for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors. Two were based on the H77 chipset and one on the Z77 and in typical Zotac style all three features on-board Wi-Fi.

For those of you that are into small high-end motherboards, Zotac was showing off no less than three new models at CES intended for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors. Two were based on the H77 chipset and one on the Z77 and in typical Zotac style all three features on-board Wi-Fi.

Pictures of the boards were posted over at TechPowerUp!, although no model names were mentioned and the only specifications we have is what we can see from the pictures. The first of the H77 boards features four SATA ports, of which two should be SATA 6Gbps, an mSATA slot, two full-size DIMMs, a x16 PCI Express slot and a vertical half-size mini PCI Express slot into which the Wi-Fi card is fitted. We should also expect four USB 3.0 ports thanks to chipset support, of which two appears to be via a header. Although we can't see the ports, the board should have at least one HDMI port and maybe even a DVI port, as well as Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1-channel audio and maybe even an eSATA port.

zotac h77 1 Zotac shows off three mini ITX 7 series motherboards at CES

Moving on to the slightly different model which appears to be a higher-end sibling we're looking at the addition of a DisplayPort, one extra SATA port, a heatink over the MOSFETs and a different PWM design which appears to use higher quality components. As far as we can tell, most of the other features remain the same, although it's possible that there are some hidden features that we can't make out. There's also a small sticker on both of the boards that appears to be hiding some of the writing on the boards.

zotac h77 2 Zotac shows off three mini ITX 7 series motherboards at CES

As for the Z77 model, things are quite different although here too we have four SATA ports; a pair of full-size DIMMS, a x16 PCI Express slot, an mSATA slot and a half-size mini PCI Express slot, the board layout is quite different. Somehow Zotac has managed to squeeze in an eight phase PWM and even a short heatpipe connecting the chipset heatsink with the MOSFET heatsink. There's also a POST80 debug LED at the front of the PCB next to what appears to be power and reset buttons. There's also an 8-pin EPS power connector in place here and it's clear that Zotac is targeting mini-ITX overclockers with this board.

zotac z77 Zotac shows off three mini ITX 7 series motherboards at CES

Oddly enough though, TechPowerUp! Is reporting that the Z77 doesn't feature a DisplayPort, but instead only has a DVI and HDMI port. It doesn't appear to have a header for front USB 3.0 ports either which suggests all four porst are around the back alongside an Ethernet port, 7.1-channel audio and some other ports such as USB 2.0. All thee boards will of course have UEFI and the Z77 is said to have additional features over the H77 models, most likely to do with overclocking as the H77 chipset doesn't allow for overclocking. All in all a pretty impressive line-up from Zotac, if you want a mini-ITX Ivy Bridge motherboard that is.

Source: TechPowerUp! TechPowerUp! (2)