ASRock Z87E-ITX Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

This was the board I used in the review of the Intel Core i5-4670K published a few weeks back.

The board is compact yet so feature rich, it’s unbelievable!

Now if you look at the photo below, you’ll see how close are the PCI-E, SATA and RAM slots. Put everything in and you have a portion of the board hidden.

The 12V Power Connector now resides around the middle area of the I/O port instead of the usual upper corner.

The I/O port options look good, it even comes with WiFi capability! :) I think WiFi capability is sweet, makes it all so convenient to connect to networks.

More details at the official product page.

I think what’s amazing about this board, aside the features that come packed with it, is that it also comes with a pretty good UEFI interface and with this board, I managed to overclock the Intel Core i5-4670K to 4.3Ghz.

I paired it with a HD 7970 card at that too. :) Of course on my Sharkoon Tauron casing, the board leaves a whole lot of empty area, even my cable managed system had to be un-managed and my SSD had to be repositioned to reach the sockets on m-ITX board.

Overall the layout is good, I don’t find it uncomfortable to use or setup. Using large heatsinks on this board is possible as well because the clearance around the CPU socket is good.

The Verdict

The board retails at about RM 500 range and if you’re using a huge casing – I don’t see any reason why you should get this board, regardless of how rich the features are.

However if you’re using a small casing like the Bitfenix Prodigy – I think this board is a sweet match!

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