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Silverstone Fortress FT03S and Zotac Z68-ITX-WiFi Review – Compact Powerhouse

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Zotac Z68-ITX WiFi Motherboard

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Zotac package their Z68-ITX in a compact box which features the usual orange colour scheme and mentions a few of the key features of the board. Inside we find the product documentation, drive cables, power extender, IO shield, 2 port USB 3.0 bracket, software disc, low profile brackets and a mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort converter. Also bundled are two antennas for the bundled Wi-Fi card.

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The Z68-ITX is a mini-ITX board measuring 17x17cm and Zotac have opted for a black PCB with other components which are red, blue, yellow and orange. A large passive heatsink is used to cool the power circuitry and the 1155 CPU socket is located almost in the centre of the PCB with standard mounting holes provided for our cooler.

In a little twist to the design our 8pin power connector is located at the bottom left of the board, explaining why we get an extension cable bundled with the product and beside this is the single PCIe 16x connector. To the right of the PCB we find a single fan connector, the 24-pin power connector and two memory slots which are dual channel capable and can run at speeds up to DDR3-2133 with 16GB supported.

Along the top edge of the board is a mini PCIe slot which is populated by an Atheros WiFi card at the factory and this can be replaced with an mSATA device if desired. Beside this slot are four SATA ports which are capable of running RAID 0, 1, 0+1 and 5 with two supporting SATA 6Gb/s.

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Round at the back panel we find plenty of connectivity for such a compact board. The connectors start with 4x USB 2.0 then 2x Wi-Fi, PS/2, 2x USB 3.0 (Via), 2x GB LAN (Realtek 8111), optical audio and 3.5mm audio (Realtek). An external clear CMOS button is also present as are dual HDMI 1.4a and mini-DisplayPort.

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The BIOS Zotac use for this board is based on Aptio code and although we get a mouse pointer there is no advanced GUI present on this board, a more traditional appearance is used instead. As with most ATX boards we get full control over this ITX version and that includes CPU and memory configuration.

Zotac do not bundle any additional applications with their board, only the drivers required and a Windows based BIOS flasher.

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