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Review: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard

Review: ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard

Sam ChenJanuary 3, 2014

High Performance in a Bite Sized Package

asrock-z87e-itx-mitx-motherboard-custom-pc-review-22With Intel’s focus shifting towards power efficiency rather than maximum performance at all costs, it’s becoming increasingly unnecessary for gamers and enthusiasts to purchase bulky and cumbersome giant cases with giant motherboards with tons of cooling capacity. This is why over the past couple generations of Intel CPUs, a number of motherboard manufacturers have begun embracing the mITX formfactor, which has traditionally been reserved for low power systems.

With that said, today we’ll be reviewing out the ASRock Z87E-ITX motherboard, which as you may expect is a mITX formfactor motherboard based off Intel’s Z87 chipset. This is one of ASRock’s latest motherboards and despite the fact that it’s based off a 17cmx17cm size, the motherboard is very full featured sporting a full PCIe x16 slot for your high powered graphics, six phase DrMOS digital power delivery system, a whopping six SATA 6Gb/s ports, Intel Gigabit LAN, 802.11 AC WiFi, mSATA support, and more!

Let’s flip the page and take a closer look.

ASRock Z87E-ITX Specifications

ChipsetIntel Z87
Memory2x DDR3 DIMM Slots (Up to 32GB)
Dual Channel, Up to DDR3 2933+ (OC)
VideoIntel HD GraphicsDiscrete Graphics
AudioRealtek ALC 1150 7.1 Channel Audio
TI NE5532 Headphone Amplifier (Up to 600 ohm)
LANIntel 1217V Gigabit LAN
Wireless LANAzureWave AW-CE123H
Dual Band (2.4/5 GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n/acBluetooth 4.0
Slots1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot
1 x half mini-PCI Express slot: For WiFi + BT module
1 x mSATA/full mini-PCI Express slot
Storage6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors (SATA3_5 connector is shared with the eSATA port; SATA3_4 connector is shared with the mSATA/mini-PCI Express slot)
1 x eSATA connector
1 x mSATA 6.0 Gb/s connector
Onboard Connectors1 x Chassis Intrusion header
1 x TPM header
1 x CPU Fan connector (4-pin)
1 x Chassis Fan connector (4-pin)
1 x 24 pin ATX power connector
1 x 8 pin 12V power connector
1 x Front panel audio connector
2 x USB 2.0 headers
1 x USB 3.0 header
Rear Panel I/O1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
1 x DVI-I Port
1 x HDMI Port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
1 x eSATA Connector
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
4 x USB 3.0 Ports
1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED
1 x Clear CMOS Switch
HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Warranty3 Years
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