Zotac, which is perhaps best known for its line of videocards, today announced an itty-bitty motherboard -- the H55-ITX-C-E -- built around the ITX form factor, but don't let its diminutive size fool you. This little board's spec sheet reads like a full-sized ATX mobo aimed at enthusiasts.
Core i7 (in socket 1156 flavor) support? Check. PCI-Express 2.0 x16? Check. USB 3.0, HDMI, and SATA 3.0Gb/s? Check, check, and you betcha.
"We see a trend where gamers are moving towards small form factor systems but want high-end CPUs and graphics. With the updated Zotac H55-ITX WiFi (H55ITX-C-E), gamers can build a complete small form factor system with a high-end Intel Core i7 800 series processor and a Zotac GeForce GTX 400-series graphics card," said Carsten Berger, marketing director, Zotac International.
Zotac seems to have squeezed everything it could onto a board with limited real estate. Builders will find two DIMM slots with support for up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, six SATA 3.0Gb/s ports, one eSATA port, two USB 3.0 ports, a whopping 10 USB 2.0 ports (six on the back, 4 via pin header), a single PCI-Express 2.0 slot, HDMI and DVI, and other odds and ends.
No word yet on when this will ship or for how much.