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Zotac A75-ITX WiFi Review

tacohunter52    -   December 8, 2011
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Unfortunately, the first thing I noticed was something I really don't like to see on motherboards — the 4-pin auxiliary power connector was located in between two different parts of the I/O panel. This isn't that big of a deal when it comes to ITX motherboards, because they're so small and have so much stuff crammed into such a small space. That being said, I still would have liked to have seen it located somewhere else, like right next to the 24-pin main power connector. I also would have liked to see the four SATA connectors located on the outside of the DIMM slots as opposed to on the inside, but once again there isn't much you can do with the layout on an ITX board. Flipping the board over gives us a glimpse of the A75-ITX WiFi's backside, a good chunk of which is taken up by the backplate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost an entire side of the Zotac A75-ITX WiFi is taken up by the I/O panel and I was actually pretty impressed with what was stuffed into it. For starters, you'll be able to utilize six USB 3.0 ports, as well as a single PS/2 port. You'll also be able to take advantage of the board's two 10/100/1000Mbps LAN ports or its 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 wireless adapter. For display purposes, you'll be able to utilize a DVI or an HDMI port, and for audio you'll have access to the standard 8-channel HD audio ports or a single optical S/PDIF port. Last but not least, located underneath the two wireless antennas is a clear CMOS switch, which always comes in handy if you intend to overclock. Moving on to the bottom of the board allows us to see that it is almost completely occupied by a single PCI x16 slot.

 

 

Moving on to the right side of the board, we can see that it's populated by the DIMM slots, as well as the main 24-pin power connector. Also located on this side of the motherboard are the front panel connectors, as well as two 3-pin fan connectors. The top of the board isn't really home to anything, but it does give us a quick glimpse of the Zotac A75-ITX WiFi's DrMOS power phase, which is usually something we see on MSI boards.

 

 

Located almost in the center of the board is the FM1 socket. The socket is located very close to the two DIMM slots, so finned memory will probably keep you from using a larger cooler. Located directly below the FM1 socket is the A75-ITX WiFi's wireless adapter, as well as its four SATA 3 6Gb/s connectors.

 

 

The features that this board has packed into it already make it worth its price tag, but will it perform on par with its competition? Let's take a quick run through the BIOS and then find out!




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (The Motherboard)
  3. Closer Look (The BIOS)
  4. Closer Look (Included Programs)
  5. Specifications & Features
  6. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  7. Testing: Apophysis, WinRar, Geekbench, Bibble 5
  8. Testing: Office 2007, POV-Ray
  9. Testing: SiSoft Sandra 2011
  10. Testing: ScienceMark, Cinebench, HD Tune
  11. Testing: Aliens vs. Predator
  12. Testing: Batman: Arkham Asylum
  13. Testing: 3DMark Vantage
  14. Conclusion
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