Same power; smaller package.
Zotac is one of the few manufacturers who regularly release HTPC friendly motherboards that are mATX and ITX sized. The only thing I’m expecting out of these puny motherboards is average performance, but a full set of connectivity features to make the HTPC experience as smooth as possible. And today I’ll be looking at their A75-ITX WiFi motherboard which promises to bring the power of the new A and E2 series APUs to this small platform.
The 17x17cm sized board packs an Hudson D3 chipset to support AMD’s latest FM1 based APUs. There are four SATA III (6gbps) ports, two DDR3-1866MHz DIMM slots that can take up to 8GB of RAM, one PCIe x16 slot and six USB 3.0 ports at the back. The connectivity features don’t stop here though, as there are dual LAN gigabit ports in addition to the wireless 802.11n adapter. Closing off the full HTPC tour are the HDMI and DVI port with Optical out near the 8-channel HD audio ports on the back. For an HTPC I really can’t think of anything else that Zotac has skipped in terms of features and speed.
Included in the package itself are three SATA cables, two WiFi antennae and one rear I/O panel and one DVI to VGA adapter. Given all the other bells & whistles, I can’t fault with the price. Now then, let’s see how well the A75-ITX performs.