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Zotac H67-ITX & ECS H67H2-I motherboards Review

By on January 24, 2011
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These minis pack a mean punch.

Good: Performance as good as bigger boards, Lot of features packed in a small place
Bad: Components will be cramped together thus increasing the amount of heat
Price: AED 500
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.


So the new Intel Sandy Bridge processors are out in the market in you’re thinking this is probably the best time to work on that HTPC you always wanted to have (or upgrade). Well, look no further as today I’ll be reviewing the Zotac H67-ITX WiFi and the ECS H67H2-I Mini-ITX motherboards.

The first thing to note in the motherboard models is that both of these are H67 boards, so they’re obviously targeted towards the HTPC market, i.e. forget about overclocking anything. Neither is there any space on these motherboards (as you’ll see soon enough) nor in a regular HTPC case for such an endeavor. Heck, even the BIOS of these motherboards doesn’t allow to change the CPU multiplier settings or FSB for that matter. These are simple motherboards designed for the singular purpose of providing acceptable performance in a small form factor and keeping the budget well under control.

Before I begin with the benchmarks, let’s look at the specs and features of these boards. Both of the boards are expected to perform about the same since they are based on the H67 chipset, so I was more interested in seeing which motherboard had more value for money.

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  • Drifter3_16

    What about the power consumption? May be with a 200w or 300w PSU like a
    Xilence SPS-XP200.SFX
    be quiet! Pure Power 300W L7
    Compucase HEC-300TA-2WX
    and only with onboard graphic for a htpc.

  • http://twitter.com/ajaffarali Abbas Jaffar Ali

    Sadly, these PSUs are not readily available in Dubai and you usually have to order them from the other end of the world. But yeah, I think they would make an excellent part of your HTPC.

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  • Guest

    the comparison between the cpu fan size and the motherboard size is hillarious :D

  • Anonymous

    A very important question – I recently did a build with the Zotac H55-mini ITX board. All went well, except for the CPU cooler fitment. Because there are little circuits on the BACK of the H55 mobo, none of the after market CPU coolers would fit properly because the backside “X” mounting bracket would not sit flush on the back of the MOBO due to those little square circuits.

    My question is, does this mobo have the same problem? Could the author please comment on this question, and possible upload some photos of the BACK of the H67 mobo with some aftermarket CPU cooler backplates in position?

    Zotac wont comment on this question which I posed to them through a variety of channels.

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      I fit the Intel XTS100H cooler on the Zotac and ECS mini-ITX motherboards. They didn’t sit absolutely flush, as in there was a little contact between the rear heatsink plate and the rear mounting on the motherboard, but it literally made no difference.

      All I’m saying is that the CPU cooler’s rear plate sat snugly on the underside of the motherboard, there was no issue at all.You can google some picks of the Intel XTS100H cooler and see what I’m talking about. Unfortunately the motherboards have been returned so I can’t give you a picture.

      That said, if you’re putting these mini-ITX boards in an HTPC enclosure, I doubt you’ll find many 3rd party coolers which are small enough to fit in a case that small. You can’t overclock the CPU on H67 motherboard either, so I think the stock cooler should be fine.

      • Anonymous

        Thanks very much T; indeed, my build (with the H55) was in a Lian Li PC-Q08 case (nice!) but with little room for a CPU cooler. There was a nice one I found (quiet!) (forget brand) that fit in terms of space topside, but the back “X” plate was not “flush” and thus I opted not to use it because of questionable contact with the CPU on the front side due to cattywampus backplate. I opted for the stock cooler, but it is of marginal cooling capacity and somewhat loud. It sounds like they have corrected this (almost unforgivable) oversight.

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