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Zotac Geforce 9300-ITX WiFi LGA775 Motherboard Review

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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Zotac
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Introduction, Packaging, Specifications

Zotac releases updated version of 9300-ITX just in time for holidays

Introduction

On Dec. 1, Zotac released what they are touting as "the world's fastest mini-ITX platform" for gamers and home theaters users with their  GeForce 9300-ITX WiFi motherboard. Zotac proclaims they paid special attention to the new board's overclocking features, which provides users unfettered access to adjusting voltages on the CPU, chipset, and memory. Giving users access to these critical functions is definitely a step in the right direction to target overclockers, but we'll have to reserve judgment a bit to see how the BIOS as a whole has been manipulated and tweaked for overclocking.

This LGA775-based board has many of the same onboard features as its predecessor, including one PCI-E x16 expansion slot for NVIDIA graphics solutions to be used in tandem with the 9300 chipset through SLI Hybrid technology.

This board also sports support for 1333 MHz front-side bus, which means users can take advantage of higher bus speeds on a tiny a 170mm x 170mm
mini-ITX footprint.

Packaging

The 9300-ITX WiFi comes packages in a super small retail box that has nice orange and red graphics. Zotac made sure to let users know right on the front panel of the box that this board supports several types of Intel LGA775 chips in the dual, quad, and celeron flavors.

 

The bottom panel of the box goes more in-depth into the actual features available on the 9300-ITX.

 

The side panel of the box has another extensive list of features that users will receive when they purchase this motherboard.

 

Lastly, we wanted to show how this motherboard was packaged. The board itself is on the bottom and the rest of the accessories and driver CDs are available on the top tier of the retail packaging. Overall, everything was received without any noticable physical damage after shipping from Taiwan.

 

Zotac Geforce 9300-ITX Wifi Motherboard Specifications

Model

GF9300-I-E


Chipset

NVIDIA® GeForce® 9300 (Overclocked)

CPU Compatibility    

Intel® Core™ 2 Duo

Intel® Core™ 2 Quad

Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme

Intel® Pentium®

Intel® Celeron®

CPU

Socket     LGA775

Front-side bus     1333 MHz

Memory

Memory Type     DDR2

Memory Speed     667/800 MHz

Slots     2 240-pin DIMM

Capacity     Up to 8GB

    

3D

API DirectX     DirectX 10

OpenGL         OpenGL 3.2

Integrated Wifi

Compatibility     802.11b/g

Form factor

Size     Mini-ITX

Ports

DVI     1 (HDCP w/Audio)

HDMI     1 (w/Audio)

VGA     1

SATA     3 (SATA 3.0 Gbps)

eSATA     1 (SATA 3.0 Gbps)

PS/2     1 (Keyboard)

USB 2.0 12 (6 on back panel, 6 on pin header)

Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps (RJ45)

Cooler     Passive (no fan) with unique black heatsink

Windows 7 capability     

Certified for Windows® 7 with DirectCompute support

Other

Wake-on support     

Wake-on LAN

Wake-on USB

Overclocking features     

FSB adjustments

CPU voltage: [-0.1v up to +0.3v]

Chipset voltage: [1.10v up to 1.25v]

Memory voltage: [1.80v up to 2.10v] 

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