If Intel's Ivy Bridge ultimately crumbles, it won't be for lack of vendor support. While the tech world waits for Intel to launch its 3rd generation Core processor family, motherboard makers and system integrators are busy pushing out upgraded platforms that support the upcoming CPUs, everything from big and bad notebooks to little motherboards like Zotac's new Z77-ITX Wi-Fi and H77-ITX Wi-Fi, a pair of Intel 7-series mini ITX boards intended for anyone who wants to pack big performance into a small footprint.
The Z77-ITX Wi-Fi is built around Intel's Z77 Express chipset. It has two DDR3 DIMM slots with support for up to 16GB of RAM. There are two HDMI ports, a mini DisplayPort, two SATA 6Gbps ports and two SATA 3Gbps ports with RAID 0, 1, 0+1, and 5 support, four SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports (two on the back panel and two via a pin header), eight USB 2.0 ports (four on the back panel and four via a pin header), dual GbE LAN ports, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 8-channel audio, and overclocking options.
Zotac's H77-ITX Wi-Fi is similarly spec'd, but built around the H77 Express chipset and includes a DVI-I port (along with a single DisplayPort and HDMI port), an extra SATA 3Gbps port, and just one GbE LAN port. Both boards also boast a single PCI-E x16 3.0 slot and mSATA slot.
No word on when these small form factor motherboards will ship or for how much.