A Chinese motherboard manufacturer most of us wouldn't have heard of before has allowed pictures of its next micro-ATX sized motherboard to appear online which is based on Intel's Z77 Ivy Bridge-ready chipset.
For the most part this little value oriented board from “ONDA” follows the Z77 chipset's feature set closely, but includes a couple of legacy PCI slots via an additional PCIe-to-PCI bridge. The other expansion slots comprise a PCI-E 3.0 x16 slot and a PCI-E x1 slot.
We can see in the photos all solid-state capacitors are used along with a two-ounce copper PCB. The board's VRM setup is somewhat minimal with 4+1 phases. The LGA1155 socket allows for both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors and there are four DIMM slots on this MATX board with support for dual-channel DDR3 memory.
There are six SATA ports in total, all of which are wired internally. Four are SATA II ports, while the other two are SATA III.
Looking at the rear I/O, there are two USB 3.0 ports (along with two more being available via a motherboard header); all of which are all natively connected thanks to the Z77 chipset. Wrapping things up, there are two PS/2 ports for older mice and keyboards, four USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit ethernet and 5.1-channel HD audio. Display connectivity options come in the form of DVI, D-Sub and HDMI.
KitGuru says: Z77 is still on track for an April launch along with a number of quad core Ivy Bridge dekstop chips.