MSI is preparing the Z77IA-E53, a new Mini-ITX LGA1155 motherboard based on Intel's Z77 Express chipset. This little board packs quite a lot of features, the socket comes with 7-phase VRM that uses DrMOS and tantalum capacitors, the board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors and includes two DDR3 slots and one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Pricing and availability is unknown.
To make the most out of the limited board area, MSI stuck to the feature-set of the Z77 PCH. Storage connectivity includes two SATA 6 Gb/s, two SATA 3 Gb/s, an eSATA 3 Gb/s, and an mSATA 3 Gb/s. The mSATA slot shares its board space with an mPCIe 5 GT/s slot, which is stacked on top of it. The board provides four USB 3.0 ports, two on the rear panel, two via headers, all of which are driven by the Z77 PCH. Display outputs include D-Sub and HDMI. Other connectivity includes 6-channel HD audio (Realtek ALC892), gigabit Ethernet, and Bluetooth. The board is driven by UEFI BIOS with ClickBIOS II setup program.