Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX mobos coming this month

You might remember our first brush with Intel’s Thin Mini-ITX platform. It was in August of last year, and we looked at an all-in-one PC based on the standard. The machine was built entirely out of off-the-shelf components, including a slim Intel motherboard and an iMac-like chassis that’s available at Amazon.

Well, other manufacturers are joining the fray. Gigabyte tells us it has two Thin Mini-ITX motherboards in the pipeline for this month: the GA-H77TN and GA-B75TN.

Top: Gigabyte’s GA-H77TN. Bottom: The GA-B75TN.

The two boards have pretty much the same feature loadout, which includes an LGA1155 socket, quad USB 3.0 ports, quad Serial ATA ports, dual SO-DIMM slots, an open-ended PCI Express x4 slot, and dual Mini PCI Express slots that can accommodate a solid-state drive and a Wi-Fi controller. Both boards have DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, too. In an all-in-one system, the display will be hooked up via an onboard header, not through the outputs in the port cluster. Of course, Thin Mini-ITX doesn’t automatically imply all-in-one—there are also ultra-thin traditional cases based on the standard.

At a glance, the only notable difference between the GA-H77TN and the GA-B75TN (beyond the fact that they’re using different platform hubs) is that the former has two 6Gbps Serial ATA ports (colored orange), while the latter’s SATA connectivity seems to be limited to 3Gbps. This appears to be more of a product segmentation move than a platform limitation. A look at Intel’s spec sheet for the B75 Express suggests the chipset does have native 6Gbps connectivity.

Gigabyte seems to be emphasizing the embedded PC space—point-of-sale systems, automotive PCs, and the like—with these mobos. The company mentioned features like add-on risers with COM ports and support for both 12V and 19V DC input voltages. Nevertheless, enthusiasts will be able to find the GA-H77TN and GA-B75TN at retail, and both boards will feature the same UEFI interface as Gigabyte’s regular desktop offerings. Having some extra retail options will definitely be nice. A search for “Thin Mini-ITX” at Newegg right now only brings up an out-of-stock ECS mobo and a couple of enclosures from In Win and SilverStone.

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    • floodo1
    • 7 years ago

    Someone needs to make a case for that that has the mobo, and then hds right on top of it.
    Would make an aweomse tiny file server / media center 🙂

    • derFunkenstein
    • 7 years ago

    I don’t get this thinness thing here. The stock Intel heat sink is about twice as tall as any component on the board, plus it draws air from above so it needs a bit more clearance than that even.

      • truprecht
      • 7 years ago

      Intel makes a special low-profile heat sink (HTS1155LP) for the thin ITX format:

      [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835203012[/url<]

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        Nice, that helps explain it. Thanks.

      • ceh4702
      • 6 years ago

      Actually Intel has a heat pipe heat sink they designed for thin mini-itx. There are also some other very think heatsinks for mini-itx. [url<]http://www.mini-box.com/Low-Profile-LGA1155-Intel-Core-i3-i5-i7-CPU-Cooler?sc=8&category=1177[/url<]

    • shaurz
    • 7 years ago

    That’s an interesting place to put the BIOS battery.

      • Phishy714
      • 7 years ago

      …..

      uh..

      Its like playing Where’s Waldo.. where is the battery? Am I just blind?

        • truprecht
        • 7 years ago

        Vertical, between the USB ports on the IO panel.

          • mcnabney
          • 7 years ago

          It took me a while too. Saves at least a square inch of MB real estate.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Na, many ITX boards go with a vertical cmos battery holder to save board space and it looks like that could have been easily used here instead of the pigtail (looking at that blank space behind the lower USB port.). Guess they decided to save 2 cents.

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            Or just an aerogel supercapacitor or something instead of a battery.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    I click the Newegg link and get 97,845 results! 😮 Thin mini-ITX is taking off!

    Or, the search link won’t work because all the ‘thin mini-itx’ search items are deactivated 🙂

      • yogibbear
      • 7 years ago

      I get zero. 🙁

        • truprecht
        • 7 years ago

        They’re not all tagged correctly on Newegg. If you search motherboards on the “Thin Mini ITX” form factor you only get the ECS board, not the Intel board, but they do have the Intel board:

        [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121622[/url<] There's also a nice little (overpriced) Lian Li enclosure that is not tagged Thin Mini ITX: [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112357[/url<]

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