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For those of you that are into small high-end motherboards, Zotac was showing off no less than three new models at CES intended for Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge processors. Two were based on the H77 chipset and one on the Z77 and in typical Zotac style all three features on-board Wi-Fi.

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A mini PCI-E and an mSATA slot are interesting.
I wonder if they fixed the BIOS issues that the Z68 boards had.
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Interesting. I didn't know that you could put the southbridge the other way around on the motherboard. Guess you learn something new everyday thumb.gif.
 
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Nice.. there will be some serious htpc's made with these smile.gif
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mITX gaming rigs are all the rage now (I'm building one as we speak). However, mITX gaming rigs are also almost always theme oriented. These colors are hideous and nothing matches.

Has anyone found any other Z77 mITX board images? They've all been announced, but no other company has pictures.
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Interesting. I didn't know that you could put the southbridge the other way around on the motherboard. Guess you learn something new everyday thumb.gif.

Since it's located above the CPU socket, would that make it a northbridge biggrin.gif
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Interesting. I didn't know that you could put the southbridge the other way around on the motherboard. Guess you learn something new everyday thumb.gif.

You could stick it anywhere on the board if you really wanted to, just that manufactures want to keep the ATX format, so we don't see it in many instances besides these mITX.

I really wish I could of got mITX boards with mini cases for my work when I was deciding what I wanted them to have, but I completely forgot about that option. Plus what I'm seeing to match what I picked out would have put us over budget on the machines anyways. Maybe I could of found a way to mount it underneath the desk then and get them off the floor...
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I'm a skeptic till reviews/actual testing goes out. Their Z68 ITX has had a bunch of bad rep.
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I'm a skeptic till reviews/actual testing goes out. Their Z68 ITX has had a bunch of bad rep.

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I only know of ASRock and Zotac making mITX Z68 boards and both were severely lacking in overclocking options, almost making it pointless to have the Z68 chipset outside of SSD caching
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Do you think I could take a mITX build with me on an airplane (for a trip to Europe)? If so, I'll build a gaming rig with one of these.
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I got my z68 ITX so I can get Ivy when it's released not for the SSD caching. Also for most gaming situations overclocking past 4Ghz is almost pointless and my z68 has no issues going to 4ghz.
    
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