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Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi

The Z77-ITX WiFi is a nice motherboard, but Zotac gets bonus points for color-coordinating consistency; the PCB is predominantly black with yellow DIMM slots and black heatsinks, and even the SATA cables and 8-pin power extender in the box match the color scheme.

This board stands out in our roundup(s) as it’s the only one in the bunch in the mini-ITX form factor, but it boasts plenty of strong features, starting with support for all Intel socket LGA 1155 processors.


Zotac Z77-ITX WiFi
Specifications & Features

CPU:

Chipset:

Memory:



Expansion Slots:



Integrated Graphics:


Networking:


Audio:


SATA:


USB:


Form Factor:

2nd- and 3rd-generation Intel Core (LGA 1155) processors

Intel Z77 Express

DDR3-1600 MHz (2133 MHz OC)
2 x 240-pin DIMM
Up to 16GB

1 x PCI Express x16 (PCIe 3.0 capable with 3rd Generation Intel Core family CPU)
1 x mini-PCI Express (occupied by WiFi card)
1 x mSATA

Intel HD Graphics 2500/4000 ready
No SLI

2 x 10/100/1000Mbps
802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0

8-ch HD
Optical S/PDIF & HDMI outputs

2 (SATA 6.0 Gb/s)
2 (SATA 3.0 Gb/s)

4 USB 3.0 (2 on back panel / 2 on pin header)
8 USB 2.0 (4 on back panel / 4 on pin header)

mini-ITX 



There are just two memory slots, but you can plug in up to 16GB of dual-channel DDR3-2133MHz (OC) memory if you use a pair of 8GB sticks. By dint of the motherboard’s size, graphics capabilities are limited somewhat by the presence of just one PCI-E x16 slot, although the integrated Intel graphics that come by way of a Sandy or Ivy bridge CPU support a pair of HDMI ports and mini-DisplayPort. There’s also a mini-PCI-E slot; it’s occupied by the included WiFi card, but in a pinch it wouldn’t be difficult to swap that out.

The Z77-ITX WiFi sports a pair each of SATA 6Gbps and SATA 3Gbps ports along with an mSATA port, and Zotac somehow fit support for a dozen USB ports on board as well--four USB 3.0 and eight USB 2.0. Six of them (two of the former, four of the latter) made it onto the rear I/O panel.

         

In addition to the above, the I/O panel has a PS/2 port, dual gigabit LAN ports with LED indicators, dual antennae ports for the 802.11n + Bluetooth WiFi module, optical S/PDIF, six audio ports, and a clear CMOS button. There are physical power and reset buttons on the board, as well as a Debug LED.

         

Belying the Z77-ITX WiFi’s diminutive size, the small box includes a surprising amount of accessories including the driver installation disc, manual, quick installation guide, four SATA cables, 8-pin power extender, USB 3.0 header (with an optional low-profile bracket), I/O shield, the two WiFi antennae, and a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter.
 

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