Jan 26, 2015

ASRock-Z97E-ITXa/c Mini-ITX Snap Review

Feature-packed ASRock-Z97E-ITXa/c Mini-ITX board with Intel H97 Express chipset supporting Intel 4th Gen (Haswell) and future 5th Gen (Broadwell) Core LGA1150 processors only. Integrated Intel HD graphics and Realtek ALC1150 7.1 channel Audio; PCI Express 3.0 x16; Up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM; 1x Intel I218V Gigabit LAN; 6x SATA with RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10; 1x Half length Mini PCI Express slot (for WiFI and BT); 1x DVI-I with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz; 1x HDMI with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2304) @ 24Hz; DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2304) @ 24Hz; SPDIF; 6x USB 3.0 (inc 2 internal); 6x USB 2.0 (inc 4 internal).

Rear Panel Connectors: 2x USB 2.0; 1x combo PS/2 Keyboard/mouse; 2x Wifi Antenna; 1x DVI; 1x Display port; 1x HDMI in; 1x HDMI out; 4x USB 3.0; 1x Intel LAN; 5x HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker, Central, Bass, Line in, Front Speaker and Microphone in; SPDIF.

Board connectors 24pin ATX Main power connector (20-pin power supplies will work); 1x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Minimun of 4 pins must be used); 6x SATA 6Gb/s Connectors; 1x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot; 1x Mini-PCI Express Slot (used by WiFi + Bluetooth Module); 1x SATA Express 10 Gb/s Connector (shared with SATA3_4, SATA3_5 and M.2 Socket, support to be announced); 1x M.2 Socket supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express modules up to Gen2 x2 (10 Gb/s); 1x Chassis Intrusion Header; 1x TPM Header; 1x CPU 4pin Fan Connector; 1x Chassis 4 pin Fan Connector; 1x Front Panel Audio Connector; 2x USB 2.0 Headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports); 1x USB 3.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)

Onboard RAID: The ASRock-Z97E-ITXa/c supports Intel Rapid Storage Technology which provides the following RAID levels via the Intel H97 Express Chipset RAID 0 - data striping; RAID 1 - data mirroring; RAID 0+1 (or RAID 10) - data striping and mirroring; RAID 5 - distributed parity.

Suitable Processors: The ASRock-Z97E-ITXa/c board supports 4th Gen (Haswell) and 5th Gen (Broadwell) processors. The ASRock-Z97E-ITXa/c is not provided with a processor. Suitable processors are available here or in the 'you may also require' section to the left.

Suitable Cases: All Mini-ITX chassis with at least a 120W power supply, and an appropriate low profile heatsink if necessary. If using a larger than 65W TDP processor, a larger power supply than 120W may be required. Some suitable cases that will work with the GA-Z97N-WiFi with a standard Intel Socket 1150 heatsink: The CFI-A7879, ES32067, ES30068, ES34069, Venus 669, Compucase 8K01, Compucase 8K07, Silverstone SG05, Jou Jue NU-528i 220W and Jou Jue NU-568i 220W.

1U Case compatibility: To use this board in a 1U case please use the Dynatron K2 1U Side blower heatsink and a 35W or 65W TDP CPU.

Typical M350 configuration: To use this board in the M350, we recommend the 150W AC Adapter and picoPSU-150-XT or picoPSU-160-XT together with a 65W TDP CPU and Akasa 7106HP or K25 heatsink or 35W TDP CPU and supplied heatsink, plus 1 or 2 sticks of DDR3 RAM and a 2.5in HDD/SSD (add an M350 HDD tray to use 2x HDD/SSDs).

Multiple Screens: This board Supports up to 3 displays simultaneously via DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort, with an appropriate CPU.

Downloads: BIOS, Documentation and Drivers.

Package Contents: 2x SATA cables, 1x IO back plate, 1x Driver and Software DVD; 1x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5 GHz Antenna; 1x Screw for M.2_SSD Socket 3; 1x Standoff for M.2_SSD Socket 3

ASUS Other Features: ASRock Full HD UEFI; ASRock UEFI Guide; ASRock Instant Flash; ASRock Crashless BIOS; ASRock Online Management Guard; ASRock UEFI System Browser; ASRock Dehumidifier; ASRock Easy Driver Installer; ASRock XFast LAN; ASRock XFast RAM;

Suitable Memory: The ASRock-Z97E-ITXa/c uses 1333/1600MHz DDR3 memory. This is not compatible with DDR/DDR2 memory. Fully tested DDR3 DIMMs are available here or in the 'you may also require' section to the left; Supports IntelĂ‚® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP).

About ASRock

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency. http://www.asrock.com


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