The Mini-ITX motherboard market is one of the most interesting when it comes to enthusiast products. Producing a high-performance Mini-ITX motherboard isn't cheap or easy. PCB space is significantly limited compared to the ATX form factor, so board makers have to come up with novel ways of packing in ATX-sized features. Common Mini-ITX designs include moving features and chips to the back of the motherboard, implemented high-density controllers, adding daughter boards, and working in interesting layout considerations to maintain high-performance features.
ASRock maintains three general product lines; the Extreme series, the Overclocking series, and the Fatal1ty series. The Fatal1ty series is usually packed with high-end gaming features, but usually maintains a solid amount of overclocking features. ASRock is quite active in the Mini-ITX market, especially for a company of its size. Some of you might remember the ASRock X99E-ITX/AC, the only enthusiast X99 motherboard. ASRock has brought that same passion for Mini-ITX to the Intel Z170 Skylake platform, where they do face competition from all of the major motherboard manufacturers. Let's take a look at how the Fatal1ty Z170-GamingITX/ac compares.
The ASRock Fatal1ty Z170-Gaming ITX/ac is loaded with features. The board carries a Wireless AC/BT4 controller, an Intel NIC, 6x SATA6G (2 part of an SATA Express port), USB 3.1 type-A and type-C, 6x USB 3.0 on the backpanel, and even an M.2 slot on the back of the motherboard.
The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/AC is priced at $174 on Newegg, which is closer to the high-end of Z170 Mini-ITX offerings.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/AC Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/AC Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/AC Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]