Zotac A75-ITX WiFi Reviewtacohunter52 - December 8, 2011
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It wouldn't make sense to use an ITX board as the backbone of an expensive gaming rig, but ITX motherboards do have there uses. For example, it would make a lot more sense to use an ITX board in an HTPC build as opposed to a full sized ATX motherboard. Not only that, but using such a small motherboard will allow you to build an HTPC machine that you can neatly tuck out of sight. This is obviously a huge selling point for ITX motherboards, but does the small size come at a cost to performance? As Zotac has just showed us, it doesn't have to. The Zotac A75-ITX WiFi offered up the exact same performance as other A75 boards we've looked at, all while being much smaller. One downside to the board is its $140 price tag. While this isn't a whole lot of money to spend on a motherboard, other A75 boards can be had for cheaper.
While you can get the same performance as the Zotac A75-ITX WiFi for less money, the board's features help to make up for the extra cost. For instance you'll be able to utilize a total of six USB 3.0 ports and each of the board's four SATA connectors are SATA 3 6Gb/s. The board is also equipped with dual 10/100/1000Mbps LAN connectors, as well as integrated IEEE 802.11n WiFi networking. This by itself makes the board an ideal HTPC motherboard because you can easily place it anywhere in your home.
One slight disappointment I found with the Zotac A75-ITX WiFi was its lack of overclocking features. Right out of the gate I wasn't expecting it to have any, but the fact that it had an overclocking section of the BIOS without any overclocking options was a bit of a let down. Hopefully in a future update, Zotac will either remove this portion of the BIOS or give the user the ability to actually change settings needed to overclock. Other than that, it was a great motherboard that I'd recommend to anyone looking for an ITX solution. The board is a bit pricey, but for what it is and does, I'd say it's worth it. Besides, all you really need to do is add memory, an HDD, and a PSU, and you've got yourself a nice little HTPC!
- (Lack of) Overclocking