Zotac Launches H87 Mini-ITX Motherboard For Haswell Processors

Subject: General Tech | June 27, 2013 - 02:07 PM |
Tagged: H87, zotac, haswell, mini-itx, mini ITX, 802.11n, msata

Zotac has announced a new H87ITX-A-E motherboard, which is a mini-ITX form factor board for Intel's latest generation "Haswell" 4th Generation Core processors. The board is designed for small form factor systems and should enable some low power PCs for HTPC, DVR, home server and desktop tasks.

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The board has a unique layout. Zotac has placed four SATA III 6Gbps ports, a single Mini-PCI-E slot, one mSATA (6Gbps) connector, and hte PCH at the top of the board where the CPU socket would traditionally be.  The LGA 1150 CPU socket sits just above the single PCI-E x 16 slot and between the VRMs and two DDR3 DIMM slots (maximum of 16GB RAM). There are also headers for four additional USB 2.0 ports and two additional USB 3.0 ports. Zotac is bundling a pre-installed 802.11n Wi-Fi card in the Mini-PCI-E slot.

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The Zotac H87 Mini ITX Wi-Fi series board has robust IO that includes:

  • 4 x USB 3.0
  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet
  • 5 x Analog audio jacks
  • 1 x Optical S/PDIF
  • 2 x Wi-Fi antennas
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x DVI

The Mini-ITX motherboard appears to be available in Japan via Amazon's Japanese site, but US pricing and availability are still unkown. From the specifications though, it looks like a capable motherboard that is worth keeping an eye on. If the price translation is accurate, the board may be around $150 when it hits US shores, though that is not the official MSRP (which could change).

Source: Zotac
June 27, 2013 | 04:50 PM - Posted by Mad_Dane

Nice features, now Zotac just need to realize they are not designing my little pony's.

June 27, 2013 | 09:37 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

lets see... smaller board, BIGGER PRICE TAG.

June 28, 2013 | 05:58 AM - Posted by Justin 150 (not verified)

Would prefer that the SATA ports are at right angles rather straight up but other than that I think this looks to be a very sensible design. One of the problems with mots mini-itx designs is where to put the SATA ports and they are usually stuck behind memory slots or GPU card making routing of SATA cables unnecessarily awkward.

I have never used a Zotac board but this might change my mind

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