ECS Z97I-DRONE Mini-ITX L337 Gaming Motherboard Unleashed – See Features and Specifications

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ECS recently released their first mini-ITX Z97 motherboard under the L337 Gaming Gank Series – the ECS Z97I-DRONE. According to the company: “with the rise of the Mini ITX gaming market demand, L337 Gaming Z97I-DRONE is the wonderful choice for users from every perspective.” Some of the highlighted features of this mini-itx Z97 motherboard are: Sound Blaster Cinema 2 audio core, dual advanced MOSFETS and Icy Chokes, M.2 NGFF slot, memory overclocking support up to 3000+MHz, Intel I218V Ethernet and many more. Check out the rest of its features and specifications from the official release below.

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ECS Z97I-DRONE Features

L337 (pronounce as LEET) is derived from ELITE. The L337 alphabet is a specialized form of symbolic writing. The term L337 is used as an adjective to describe formidable prowess or accomplishment, especially in the fields of online gaming. L337 Gaming was created to dedicate efforts in developing products focused on gamers, and Z97I-DRONE is the latest member of L337 Gaming Motherboard. Equipped with Z97 Express Chipset, the Mini ITX form factor Z97I-DRONE provides 2 Dual Channel DDR3 3000+ (OC) Memory up to 16GB, 1 PCI-Express x 16 Gen. 3 Slot, and 1 M.2 Slot for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth device. In addition to enhance the gaming experience, the “Low-to-Full USB Speed” technology is designed for gamers, delivering an optimized 8-time faster keyboard and mouse report rate from 125Hz to 1000Hz, which is a true benefit, especially for FPS gamers. Besides, Z97I-DRONE introduces IntelI218V Gigabit LAN to provide the outstanding fast LAN networking for gaming and avoid latency.

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In order to fulfill the higher standard ITX motherboard requested from users, ECS Z97I-DRONE L337 Gaming equips the new “Hybrid Power” technology to strengthen the outstanding performance and deliver remarkable stability. First of all, the Hybrid Digital 5-Phase PWM is designed for managing microprocessor core and memory voltage regulator with auto phase shedding, and Dual Advanced MOSFETs provides up to 90% power efficiency, which allows extreme heat dissipation with the optimal combination of fast switching, high efficient power conversion and low on-resistance. And speaking of stability, Z97I-DORNE adopts the ultimate long-lifespan Nichicon Japanese Capacitors with the highest standard of stability, reliability and longevity to fulfill hard core gamers’ demand and overclocking application. Lastly, the Icy Choke from Hybrid Power provides 1.5X greater stability, offering 50° wider temperature range and reducing heat by 13% more than standard ferrite chokes, even under full loading operations.

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As the new addition to L337 Gaming squad, the ECS Z97I-DRONE combines not only high performance and stability but also gaming-centric features, giving users a total package of Z97 ITX gaming motherboard. Learn more about L337 Gaming Z97I-DRONE http://www.l337gaming.com/

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ECS Z97I-DRONE Specifications

ProcessorSupports new 5th & 4th gen Intel® Core™ family/ Pentium / Celeron series processors for LGA 1150 socket
DMI 5.0GT/s
5 Phase Thermal Design Power
VRD 12.5
100% Solid capacitor design
Intel® K Series Unlock CPU Support
ChipsetIntel® Z97 Express Chipset
Supports Intel® Rapid Start technology
Supports Intel® Smart Connect technology
Supports Intel® Smart Response technology
GraphicsSupports DirectX® 11 .1
Supports Intel® HD Graphics, InTru™ 3D, Quick Sync Video, Clear Video HD Technology, Insider™
Supports HDMI 1.4a & Premium Audio
MemoryDual-channelDDR3 Memory architecture
Supports DDR3 3000 non-ECC, Un-buffered SDRAM Memory
2 X 240-pin DDR3 DIMM socket
Support up to 16 GB*
Intel® extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3/1.2 Memory Modules
Expansion Slot1 X PCI Express X16 Gen 3.0 slot(s)
1 X M.2 slot for WiFi/BT
StorageSupport by Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
• 5 X Serial ATAIII 6Gb/s
• RAID0, RAID1,RAID5, RAID 10 configuration
Supports Intel® Rapid Storage Technology
Audio8-Channel HD audio CODEC
Realtek ALC1150 8-channel High Definition audio CODEC
LANIntel I218-V Gigabit Fast Ethernet Controller
Wake-On-LAN
USBSupport by Z97 Express Chipset
• 6 X USB3.0 port(s) up to 5Gb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 2 port(s)
• 6 X USB2.0 port(s) Up to 480 Mb/s
Back Panel 4 port(s)
Onboard 2 port(s)
Rear Panel I/O Ports1 X Audio port (Line-in,4x Line-out, SPDIF out)
1 X RJ-45 port
1 X HDMI port(s)
1 X DVI-D port(s)
1 X Display port
1 X Optical S/PDIF Out port(s)
4 X USB3.0 port(s)
4 X USB2.0 port(s)
Connectors and Headers1 X 24-pin ATX Power Supply connector
1 X 8-pin ATX 12V Power Connector
1 X 4-pin CPU_FAN connector with smart fan
1 X 4-pin SYS_FAN connector
1 X Front Panel switch/LED header
1 X Front panel audio header
1 X Speaker header
1 X USB 3.0 header
• Support additional 2 USB ports
1 X USB 2.0 header
• Support additional 2 USB ports
5 X SATA III 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 X CLR_CMOS header
1 X ME_UNLOCK header
1 X Chassis intrusion header
System BIOSAMI BIOS with 64 MB SPI Flash ROM
Supports M.I.B X Utility
Supports ACPI 5.0 & DMI
F7 hot key for boot up devices option
Over-Clocking
Graphic OC Support
Triple Display
Support ECS EZ BIOS
Support GUI UEFI BIOS
Plug and Play, STR (S3) / STD (S4) , Hardware monitor, Multi Boot
Multi-Language BIOS
Audio, LAN, can be disabled in BIOS
ICC Clock adjustment (increase of 1MHz)
* Adjustable CPU Voltage
* Memory Voltage Adjustable
* Support CPU over-clocking function: Adjustable CPU Clock Multiplier
* Graphic Voltage Adjustable
Form FactorMini ITX Form Factor
170 mm X 170 mm
OS SupportWindows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit
Windows 8 32-bit
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 8.1 32-bit
Windows 8.1 64-bit
CertificationsCE/FCC Certification
ErP/EuP Certification
WHCK Certification
Bundled SoftwareECS Intelligent EZ Utility : eBLU, eDLU, eOC, eSF
Free Bundle: Norton Internet Security ,CyberLink PowerDVD, CyberLink PowerDirector 9, Muzee with trial version
Creative Sound Blaster Cinema2 software

Price and Availability

As of today, the company hasn’t disclosed its manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the ECS Z97I-Drone mini-ITX Z97 motherboard. I’ll try to update this post soon when this product becomes available in retail stores.

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