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GIGABYTE Z170N-WIFI (Intel Z170) Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 24, 2015 7:05 pm
TweakTown Rating: 89%Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Z170N-WIFICircuit Analysis Continued




While the Mini-ITX form factor doesn't have much room, GIGABYTE was still able to drop 11 Nichicon Gold Series electrolytic audio capacitors along with an ALC1150 and a Texas Instruments OP1652 amplifier to power the 7.1 audio outputs on the back. Most Mini-ITX boards have half the number of output ports as this board. GIGABYTE even divided the audio section of the PCB, and three orange LEDs illuminate this divide. Located near those LEDs is the Intel i219v, which is the PHY for the integrated 1Gbit MAC in the PCH.





For the second Intel NIC, GIGABYTE is using the WGI211AT. The Wireless AC/ BT 4.2 is also from Intel using the new third-generation 8260NGW low-power WIFI/BT module with full Windows 10 support.




The SuperIO, which is in charge of the PS/2 port on the IO, temperature and voltage monitoring, and fan control is the iTE IT8628E. GIGABYTE is using their Dual BIOS technology on this board, two 64Mbit (8MB) ROMs from MXIC get the job done. Dual NXP PTN3360 level shifters allow two HDMI ports to work simultaneously.

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