Zotac announces Brazos Mini-ITX board with passive cooling


— 11:43 AM on April 28, 2011

Midget motherboard maker Zotac is finally throwning its hat into the Fusion ring. The company has announced the FUSION-ITX WiFi A-series, bringing shouty allcaps to AMD's Brazos platform. Like most Brazos boards, Zotac's offering combines the E-350 APU with a Mini-ITX form factor. Rather than relying on a tiny cooling fan like Gigabyte's GA-E350N-USB3, the board's APU and accompanying Hudson M1 chipset are cooled by a beefy passive heatsink with dual copper heatpipes.

 

Zotac has loaded this puppy up with peripherals, too. In addition to an onboard 802.11n Wi-Fi adapter, you get Gigabit Ethernet and four USB 3.0 ports. Two of those SuperSpeed ports can be found in the rear cluster, while the others hide behind an onboard header reserved for front-panel connectors. Up to 8GB of memory can be added to the board via dual SO-DIMM slots, and there's an open-ended PCI Express x4 slot if you want to add an expansion card. Looks like there's enough clearance on the board to add an x16 card if the integrated Radeon HD 6310 is too anemic for your needs.

Given Zotac's penchant for miniature motherboards, it's a little surprising to see the company arrive late to the Fusion party. Newegg already carries numerous Mini-ITX E-350 boards from Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock, ECS, Sapphire, and Jetway priced between $110 and $150. We don't yet know how much Zotac's first shot at Brazos will cost or when it'll be available, but the board is certainly entering a competitive market.

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