Friday, November 11th 2011

Giada Unveils Mini-ITX Z68 Motherboard

Chinese company JEHE is launching its latest compact mini-ITX motherboard in Europe under the Giada brand, the MI-Z68. As the name suggests, it is based on Intel Z68 chipset, and supports Core i3/i5/i7 processors in the LGA1155 package. There is no TDP restriction, as the board features a full-fledged CPU VRM that draws power from a 4-pin 12V connector apart from a 20-pin ATX connector (any of today's PSUs with 24-pin connector will support it). The board uses a 4+1 phase CPU VRM, with single phase memory. There are two DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel memory. The lone expansion slot is a PCI-Express 2.0 x16.

There's impressive storage connectivity, this includes two mSATA 3 Gb/s (on on either side of the slot), two SATA 6 Gb/s (blue), and two SATA 3 Gb/s (black). There are just two USB 3.0 ports, both on the rear panel, and driven by a Renesas-made controller. 8-channel HD audio with optical SPDIF output, one gigabit Ethernet connection (driven by Realtek-made PHY), display outputs that include DVI and HDMI, a number of USB 2.0 ports and PS/2 keyboard, make for the rest of the rear panel. The Giada MI-Z68 will be priced at €88.
Source: TechConnect Magazine
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10 Comments on Giada Unveils Mini-ITX Z68 Motherboard

looks nice for small form factor. but the brand...
never heard before
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Sadly only Europe :/
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Giada has been around for quite a few years now, they've been at Computex showing off their wares and this board was even at the Intel booth this year.
Their website is crap though and most of the products have the wrong pictures...
Then again, it's a Chinese company so I don't expect much...

It should be pointed out though that the top slot is mSATA while the bottom slot is a half size mini PCI Express slot for a Wi-Fi card or something similar.
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They make SFF PCs, I've seen a bunch on Newegg. Anyone else think the soldering quality on this board looks sloppy for some reason?
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Steven B
GIGABYTE got some competition! lol
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Giada, sounds like a parfume or a pair of womens shoes.
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I dont like giada, short 2 year warranty and TONS on TONS of BS graphics cards with GDDR3 instead of 5, 2GB in low-end GPU etc.
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