Cruising by the ECS booth this year yielded a couple of elements I was not expecting.  We have visited ECS booths in years gone by, but this time they are coming to market with a mini-ITX motherboard update.  The Z97I-Drone motherboard is designed to be a lower cost Z97-series motherboard, with five SATA ports and an M.2 slot for WiFi/Bluetooth only.  I’ll be honest – I have not seen many WiFi modules based on the M.2 standard.  There is also an Intel I218-V NIC and six USB 3.0 ports.

Moving around the booth I came across a 4K all-in-one.  I could not remember if I had seen a 4K AIO before without MST, but I enquired into the refresh rate, expecting it to be 30 Hz.  To my surprise, it was 60 Hz.  So this is a 24-inch, 4K, 60 Hz display, which I also found out was running an Intel i7-4790S CPU, a 3.2 GHz quad core model with hyperthreading. ECS is offering this as an OEM for anyone who wants to stick their name on it and sell it. I should have asked if the panel comes pre-calibrated, but it does come with space for two 2.5” drives or one 3.5” drive.


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  • ChadnSteff - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    Its ECS. Who cares? Oh btw, a tween from 1998 called and wants their lame phrases back ECS. No more lame product names.
  • Computer Bottleneck - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    I don't like the product names (Gank, etc) either......but an affordable Z97 Mini-ITX with an Intel NIC is something I would like to have. Too bad they couldn't have fit an sixth SATA port in there though.
  • JeffFlanagan - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    Five sata ports are still pretty good, though without expansion slots it would be too limited for my needs.

    Does anyone here have suggestions for a good MB and case for a media server with 8 sata drives? My Unraid server sometimes becomes unresponsive, and is doing poorly at preventing data loss, so I'm looking to build a 2nd server on a different OS.
  • DanNeely - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    5 ports on the board suggests that there is (or at least was planned to be) a version with an eSATA port; and that they only did 5 ports on board to minimize the differences between variants.
  • extide - Friday, June 6, 2014 - link

    "...and an M.2 slot for WiFi/Bluetooth only." -- What is preventing you from putting an M.2 SSD in there? Just the form factor (it's the smallest M.2 size and no SSD's in that size..?) or something else?

    I have never seen a M.2 wifi card either, but it seems like a logical idea, I mean the M.2 connector is smallerlower profile than the mPCIe connector, and obviously it provides PCIe (up to x4)

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