Already at a first glance the
EVGA Z77 Mini ITX looks very good with its harmonic design. EVGA uses a black
PCB, black expansion slots and antracite colored coolers. The colors suite
nicely and the different shades of black and grey are calming. The layout itself is well thought and
concerning the samll form factor there is for example plenty of space around the CPU socket to install even
big CPU coolers. Right above the PCI-Express-x16 slot there are four straigt
SATA connectors. Placed like this it's possible to easily install a big and
powerful graphics card without running into troubles.
equipped the Z77 Mini ITX with an eight phase current supply regarding CPU. The
memory gets an additional phase for stable operation. EVGA managed to squeeze
all the nine phases right onto the motherboard itself, not like ASUS who chose
to put the power design onto an additional daughterboard. To offer maximum
reliability EVGA uses IR3550M MOSFETs from International Rectifier which can
cope with up to 60A current per phase.
find two DIMM-slots on the Z77 Mini ITX. At the moment there is no official
information about the supported clock sepeed but we're quite sure that this
board will be able to reach something between 2400 MHz and 2800 MHz easily, with
the right CPU of course.
Southbridge as well as the current converters are being held at adequate temperatures via passive
The cooling blocks haven been positioned wisely, which means that they don't
collide with memory or CPU cooler. Considering this is a just 17 x 17 centimeter
small mini ITX board, there really is a lot of space for big coolers. Of course
you can't compare this to a full ATX board but for mini ITX standards, this is
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