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GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI (Intel Z87) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 8, 2013 2:01 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI Motherboard




Taking a look at the GIGABYTE Z87N-WIFI from above, due to the small nature, you can see just about everything on the board. Present is a matte black PCB which we think looks great.




As always for Mini-ITX boards, when it comes to the expansion side of things, you can see we've just got just a single slot. Like just about every Mini-ITX board we've seen recently that single slot is a PCIe x16 type that runs at x16, since it does not have to share its PCIe lanes with anything else. The only other thing we can see around here is the dual BIOS chips in the bottom right hand corner.




Moving over to the next side, you can see we've got two DIMM slots which offer support for up to 16GB of DDR3 with speeds ranging from 1333MHz DDR to 2933MHz DDR via overclocking.




Starting from the left you can see the main 24-pin ATX power connector. Next o that you can see the main front panel header, along with four SATA ports. All four are SATA III and run of the Intel Z87 chipset. Next to these ports you can also see we've got a USB 3.0 header. In the middle of the board you can see a Mini PCIe port which has an Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 card plugged into it which offers both 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 support.




Taking a look at the CPU area, you can see the socket area itself which as usual is a little crowded due to the nature of the board being smaller. Without going too insane, though, you do have options for a lot of coolers. You just have to be aware of the PCIe x16 slot and two DIMM slots that do sit closer than normal compared to larger motherboards. You can also see the CPU power connector which comes in the form of a 4-pin one instead of an 8-pin one. This is again something common we see on Mini-ITX boards due to the smaller size.




Finishing off with the I/O side of things you can see as usual just about the whole board is taken up with connectors. Starting from the left we've got a combo PS/2 port, along with two USB 2.0 connectors. Video out options come in the form of two 1.4a HDMI ports, along with a Single-Link DVI-I connector, which above has two outlets for the included antenna to be plugged into.


We've also got four USB 3.0 ports, along with two Gigabit networking ports - one running off an Intel controller, and the other off an Atheros controller. Finally we finish up with an optical out port and five auxiliary ports, which run off the Realtek ALC892 codec.

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