It was inevitable that ZOTAC would bring us mini-ITX motherboards sporting the latest Intel Z68 Chipset in support Intel’s 2nd Generation LGA1155 processors. The Z68-ITX Wi-Fi and Supreme are the two latest to be announced at Computex 2011 where two of our staffers are currently suffering under the weight of endless drinks and food.
A few of the features shared between the boards include: Blu-ray playback, Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD, integrated 8-Channel HD audio, MS DirectX 11 compliant, Onboard 802.11n WiFi, LucidLogix Virtu, and of of course Intel Smart Response technnology. However, the Supreme comes with mSATA support via a PCIE Gen 4 slot.
The ZOTAC Z68-ITX WiFi supports up to 2133MHz DDR3 memory. Since overclocking is seemingly an inherent nature built in to the Z68 chipset, rest assured the standard WiFi platform will overclock your choice of K-SKU 2nd Generation Intel processor. This model also allows you to add your choice of PCIE 2.0 performance video card for a bit of high end gaming.
For cost effective consumers, the Supreme supports SO-DIMM (laptop memory) DDR3 1333MHz memory. It uses an integrated NVIDIA Geforce GT 430 GPU with 1GB DDR3 dedicated memory. That means, you get a little more video connectivity while saving you a few bucks. And, instead of a PCIE x16 slot for video cards, you get a PCIE x4 slot for things like mSATA for a huge boost in performance.
Other specs include the latest USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps expansion. With so many features, you can expect to see these solutions pop up all over where system integrators build mini-PC or home theater PCs like Puget Systems.