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ASRock Z68M-ITX/HT LGA1155 motherboard unveiled

Finally: an affordable Z68 mini-ITX motherboard. the ASRock has launched its Z68M-ITX/HT motherboard which should prove to be one of the more budget  friendly mini-ITX Z68 boards out there. That said, it’s hardly a crowded market space at the moment with Zotac having the only other two Z68 models currently available.

 

The Z68M-ITX/HT features a 4-phase power design, two DDR3-2133 memory slots, two SATA 6.0 Gbps and two SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, one PCI-Express x16 slot, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel audio, dual USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA connector, and D-Sub, DVI and HDMI outputs.

ASRock’s board also boasts support for LucidLogic’s Lucid technology (for auto graphics switching), for the Smart Response Technology, it includes the XFast LAN and XFast USB functions, and UEFI BIOS. Pricing and availability info is pending.

Features

  • ASRock DuraCap (2.5 x longer life time, 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
  • Supports Intel®K-Series unlocked CPU
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2133(OC)
  • Supports Intel®HD Graphics with Built-in Visuals
  • Multi VGA Output : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • Support Intel®Smart Response, Lucid Virtu Switchable Graphics
  • Supports ASRock XFast USB, XFast LAN Technologies
  • Supports ASRock On/Off Play, Graphical UEFI, ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio™
  • Free Bundle : 1 x MCE Remote Controller, 1 x Multi-Angle CIR Remote Receiver, 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable, CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite

Specifications

General
CPU – Supports 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package
– Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
– Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
– Supports Hyper-Threading Technology
Chipset – Intel® Z68
Memory – Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
– 2 x DDR3 DIMM slots
– Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
– Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB*
– Supports Intel®Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
BIOS – 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
– Supports “Plug and Play”
– ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
– Supports jumperfree
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics – Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
– Pixel Shader 4.1, DirectX 11 with Intel® Ivy Bridge CPU, DirectX 10.1 with Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU
– Max. shared memory 1759MB
– Multi VGA Output options: D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI
– Supports HDMI 1.4a Technology with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
– Supports DVI with max. resolution up to 1920×1200 @ 60Hz
– Supports D-Sub with max. resolution up to 2048×1536 @ 75Hz
– Supports Auto Lip Sync, xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
– Supports HDCP function with DVI and HDMI ports
– Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) / HD-DVD playback with DVI and HDMI ports

*Due to chipset limitation, the Blu-ray playback of Intel® HD Graphics is only supported under Windows® Vista™ and Windows® 7.

**Intel® InTru™ 3D is only supported under Windows® 7 and Windows® 7 x64.

Audio – 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
– Premium Blu-ray audio support
– Supports THX TruStudio™
LAN – PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
– Realtek RTL8111E
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports LAN Cable Detection
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
– Supports PXE
Expansion / Connectivity
Slots – 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (blue @ x16 mode)
SATA3 – 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel® Rapid Storage and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
USB 3.0 – 2 x USB 3.0 ports by ASMedia ASM1042, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
Connector – 2 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5, Intel® Rapid Storage and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
– 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
– 1 x CIR header
– 1 x Power LED header
– CPU/Chassis FAN connector
– 24 pin ATX power connector
– 4 pin 12V power connector
– Front panel audio connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
Rear Panel I/O I/O Panel
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
– 1 x D-Sub Port
– 1 x DVI-D Port
– 1 x HDMI Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
– 1 x eSATA2 Connector
– 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
– 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Other Features / Miscellaneous
Unique Feature – ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
– ASRock Instant Boot
– ASRock Instant Flash
– ASRock APP Charger
– ASRock SmartView
– ASRock XFast USB
– ASRock XFast LAN
– Lucid Virtu
– ASRock On/Off Play Technology
– Hybrid Booster:
– CPU Frequency Stepless Control
– ASRock U-COP
– Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
– Good Night LED
Support CD – Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial
ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite – OEM and Trial; ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite – OEM)
Accessories – Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
– 2 x SATA Data Cables (optional)
– 1 x 3.5mm Audio Cable (optional)
– 1 x CIR Remote Receiver (optional)
– 1 x MCE Remote Controller (optional)
Hardware Monitor – CPU Temperature Sensing
– Chassis Temperature Sensing
– CPU/Chassis Fan Tachometer
– CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
– CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
– Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore
Form Factor – Mini-ITX Form Factor: 6.7-in x 6.7-in, 17.0 cm x 17.0 cm
– All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)

Source: asrock.com

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