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Apples to Apples: TT Reviews the ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT

Good reviews on mini-ITX hardware are hard to come by. Not only is the format always the last on the list for the ‘big’ sites to review, but when they do get around to reviewing, the first thing they do is compare the mini-ITX offering to larger formats and find the mini-ITX model lacking in some way. It’s rare to find a review on a ‘big’ site that actually compares apples to apples. However, there are exceptions… TweakTowns’ Shane Baxtor has recently posted a thorough review of the ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT and it’s worth the read for anyone interested in building …
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First Look: ASRock’s A75M-ITX Llano Motherboard

I’ve taken a liking to the mini-ITX offerings from ASRock over the last year. I’ve personally used the H67M-ITX in my system and found it to be a good board for a great price. A first glance at the A75M-ITX shows that ASRock is going to use that same tactic with its new Llano mini-ITX motherboard. The A75M-ITX has plenty of good features starting with the AMD Hudson D3 chipset which offers support for the new FM1 socket Accelerated Processing Units (APU) from AMD. The board has 2 full size DIMM slots for a maximum of 16GB of DDR3 RAM at speeds …
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AMD’s Dual Graphics: Crossfire on a ITX System?

One of the biggest shortcomings that a mini-ITX gaming system faces is its lack of ability to support multiple GPUs. Between AMD’s Crossfire and Nvidia’s SLI, hardcore gamers can rock multiple video cards in their ATX systems for huge performance gains. Sometimes, gamers can even enjoy cost savings with a multi GPU setup. Two slower cards can be paired together to get the same performance as a high-end card, but at a lower price point. However, a mini-ITX system can’t take advantage of either the performance gain or the possible cost savings due to the nature of the format and it’s single …
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First Look: ASUS F1A75-I Deluxe ITX Motherboard

Many ITX enthusiasts are still hoping for a Z68-based ITX motherboard from ASUS. Whether or not that will happen is still a matter of speculation, but for those who are waiting for an AMD solution for their mini ITX build, ASUS has released the specs for its upcoming FM1 Llano mini-ITX board, the F1A75-I. The ASUS F1A75-I is Asus has packed plenty of features onto this board. Starting with the AMD A75 chipset and the FM1 socket for the new Llano APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), they have also included support for two 240-pin DDR3-1866 memory modules. The F1A75-I comes with …
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Two Zotac Z68 Mini-ITX Motherboards Previewed

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, namely a 7-day free trial of RIFT (hey, it’s a gaming site too. Right?), I am a bit late in posting the latest news regarding the appearance of the very first Z68 mini-ITX motherboard, which popped up for pre-order in Japan a few days ago. It looks like Zotac has another, or rather two, new high-end mini-ITX motherboards based on the highly anticipated Intel Z68 chipset. First up is the Zotac Z68-ITX. This motherboard features two memory slots beside which is boldly printed “DUAL CH DDR3-2133” which is printed just below the “SUPER OVERCLOCKABLE”. Zotac …
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Gigabyte Drops P67-based ITX in Favor of Z68

Rumors of a P67-based mini-ITX motherboard from Gigabyte have been floating around the forums since CES2011 back in January. The plan was that Gigabyte was first set to release and H67 version and then follow it up with an overclockable P67 model later in the year. They got the first part. We had a chance to play with the H67-based model and although we found it to be a solid product, on par with other H67 mini-ITX boards, we did feel it fell short of its predecessor, considering the overclocking ability of the H55N-USB3. Gigabyte apparently felt the same way, knowing that overclocking is …
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Z68 Mini-ITX: Are We There Yet?

While most of the ITX enthusiast crowd (myself included) have settled on an H67-based motherboard for our gaming system, we are all still eagerly awaiting the day when we are offered a true enthusiasts motherboard that will allow us to overclock our K-series Sandy Bridge processors. It was disappointing that none of the manufacturers took a chance on a P67-based mini-ITX motherboard, but now with the imminent release of the new Z68 chipset, once again we can hope that an overclockable mini-ITX motherboard isn’t too far off. With rumours already circulating of a Zotac Z68 Mini-ITX motherboard, it appears that …
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Gigabyte’s GA-H67N-USB3-B3 Reviewed

I’ve finally got my hands on the Gigabyte GA-H67N-USB3-B3 mini-ITX motherboard after many months of waiting (thanks Aurora) and I know a lot of ITX enthusiasts have high expectations for this board. I know I do, especially given the success of its predecessor, the GA-H55N-USB3, which proved to be a stable platform and provided excellent overclocking abilities. We all know that Intel has hamstrung the overclocking on the H67 chipsets, but I’m still hoping that Gigabyte can offer up a product that can satisfy the wants of the mini-ITX gaming crowd. Unboxing: Packaging is an important part of any marketing …