I thought that if any mITX board was going to give us the ability to overclock, it would have to be one based on the Z68 chipset. The problem is, when I went into the BIOS and discovered no voltage options at all for anything but DRAM, I thought all hope was lost.
Sure, we didn't get the best overclock when it comes to comparing it to the other Z68 boards we've looked at, but compared to other mITX boards we've looked at, it's the first to offer us an actual overclock that's worth mentioning. Our H67 offering did give us a little bit of movement, but due to a limitation of the chipset and not the board itself, you could only adjust the BCLK which gives us very little movement.
The mITX Z68 offering we have here today is overall faster than the A75 one we looked at just the other day. The A75 one, though, shines in other areas and as silly as it sounds, for low end to mid-range systems, the A75 option is fantastic thanks to the GPU capabilities embedded into the A8-3850 APU.
The mITX Z68 board we have here on the other hand allows for that stronger i7 series processor and if you're going to put a higher end video card in it, we will see less chance of a bottleneck which I think is no doubt going to be important to people.
As silly as it sounds, if you're building a "higher-end" mITX based system, you can't go past this one here today; because outside of the fact that it's the latest and greatest processor from Intel, the fact it's also the only mITX board to give us an overclock worth mentioning is amazing.
While no doubt there's a clear aim for the "HT" segment with this board thanks to the included remote control, the range of this board is much greater than other mITX boards we've looked at because of the power it's able to offer.
If you're looking for an mITX board based around an LGA 1155 socket, while your options might indeed be limited, it's great to know that you can still get yourself a quality motherboard and while at $119.99 US it might be a little bit more expensive than some mATX options, it's worth remembering just how much has been crammed onto this tiny PCB.
The Z68M-ITX HT ticks all the right boxes and to be honest, probably ticks boxes that I didn't even know it could. While I'm not sure how popular a Z68 mITX board is going to be in the mass market sense, it's fantastic to know that being small doesn't mean it has to limit function.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [The Motherboard]
- Page 3 [The Motherboard Continued]
- Page 4 [BIOS]
- Page 5 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 6 [CPU Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [USB 2.0 and 3.0 Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Memory Benchmarks]
- Page 11 [Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 12 [Temperature and Power]
- Page 13 [Final Thoughts]
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