New Zotac Mini-ITX board is ripe for Clarkdale

— 6:00 AM on January 8, 2010

Only three days ago, Zotac's Mini-ITX  motherboard family was welcoming a new member based on Intel's Pine Trail platform. The family has now grown again, this time with the introduction of the Zotac H55-ITX WiFi. This latest offering is designed to accommodate Intel's new 32-nm Core i3 and i5 processors (a.k.a. Clarkdale), as evidenced by the pair of display outputs hanging from its LGA1156 CPU socket.

Zotac's H55-ITX WiFi includes an Intel H55 Express chipset, as its name suggests, plus a pair of DDR3 memory slots, a full-speed PCI Express Gen2 x16 slot, seven 300MB/s Serial ATA ports (one of which is external), built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, and 10 USB 2.0 ports. The I/O panel also plays host to HDMI and dual-link DVI output ports, which interface with the integrated graphics processors in Clarkdale CPU packages.

Compatibility with Core i7 processors is mentioned in the press release, so users should have no trouble slapping 45-nm, quad-core Lynnfields in this puppy. We'd recommend making sure your small-form-factor enclosure can handle that kind of setup first, though. Since Lynnfield doesn't have an integrated GPU, folks who go that route will need to populate the PCIe x16 slot with a discrete graphics card, as well, further increasing power draw.

Head down to the gallery below for shots of the H55-ITX WiFi. Also, of course, be sure to check out our review of the new Clarkdale processors.

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