Over the past few years, Zotac has made a name for itself as a purveyor of Mini-ITX motherboards with surprisingly potent components and expansion capabilities. The company's latest two products in that category feature AMD 880-series integrated graphics chipsets, and one of them is unique in that it's the "world's first" desktop platform to feature one of AMD's new mobile CPUs—or so Zotac claims, anyway.
The M880G-ITX WiFi, as it's called, couples an M880G chipset with a dual-core Turion II Neo K625 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. We saw pretty much the same CPU and chipset combo this summer inside Toshiba's Nile-powered Satellite T235D notebook. Here, Zotac has served up the components on a Mini-ITX board with six Serial ATA 6Gbps ports, dual USB 3.0 ports, conventional DDR3 DIMM slots (none of that SO-DIMM nonsense, thank you very much), PCI Express x1 expansion, and both HDMI and DVI video outputs.
As you can see in the photo above, Zotac cools the whole contraption with some rather beefy aluminum heatsinks and a single fan. Considering these are mobile components meant to fit inside a slim consumer ultraportable, there shouldn't be too much heat to dissipate.
Zotac has also announced the AM3 880G-ITX WiFi, which looks very similar on paper but trades the pre-mounted mobile CPU with an empty AM3 CPU socket. It also has a desktop-flavored 880G chipset and two fewer Serial ATA ports than the M880G-ITX WiFi. Socket AM3 processors with thermal envelopes up to 95W are supported, but you'll have to bring your own heatsink and fan here. Check out the image gallery below for images of the two newcomers.
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