Gigabyte Z370N WiFi pours Coffee Lake into Mini-ITX

The only thing better than having six cores and twelve threads of one of the speediest CPU architectures on the market is stuffing that horsepower into a tiny package. Gigabyte is ready to oblige with its Z370N WiFi Mini-ITX motherboard. As one might guess from the name, the board is based on Intel's Z370 mainstream desktop chipset with support for the big blue silicon giant's eighth-generation Core processors. The moniker might also hint at built-in wireless connectivity coming from an Intel 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi adapter with Bluetooth support.

Gigabyte is proud of the board's Intersil hybrid digital VRMs that it says can provide stable power for enhanced overclocking of Intel's latest chips. The company goes on to say the board is ready for 4600 MT/s memory modules, too. Buyers can even use unbuffered ECC DDR4 modules, though the error-checking capability won't be active.

The Z370N has a pair of full-size DDR4 DIMM slots, so buyers won't have to scurry about trying to track down fast laptop-style memory when piecing together compact gaming builds. The single PCIe x16 slot is metal-jacketed for enhanced durability when toting a system around with a big heavy graphics card inside. That single slot supports PCIe bifurcation, so users can split it into multiple slots using a riser card.

In addition to the built-in Wi-Fi, systems built around the Z370N can chat with the outside world through a pair of Intel Gigabit Ethernet controllers. The machine can record its thoughts permanently onto SSDs ensconsed in the pair of M.2 NVMe slots, or drives connected to any of the four SATA ports. One of the M.2 slots sits on the back of the motherboard.

Buyers  interested in using the latest CPUs without a discrete graphics card can connect up to three 4K displays using the pair of HDMI 2.0 outputs and the DisplayPort in the I/O cluster. If lighting up displays isn't enough, the Z370N WiFi can control up to 300 individually-addressable RGB LEDs using Gigabyte's RGB Fusion software. Sharing the port cluster with the display outputs are six USB 3.0 Type-A ports and one USB 3.0 Type-C jack, two Gigabit Ethernet jacks, and the attachment points for the Wi-Fi antennas.

Gigabyte's Z370N WiFi motherboard is available right now from Newegg for $160. The manufacturer backs it up with a three-year warranty.

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    • Shobai
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]stuffing that horsepower into a tiny package[/quote<] Let's not kid ourselves, this won't be stuffed into tiny packages. People will buy their chunky Pandora or Manta cases, larger than that CR1080 case covered here on TR a short while ago [you know, that dual chamber ATX design]. The boards are at least as expensive as comparable ATX boards, and the cases are no cheaper than ATX cases, and definitely no smaller. What was the point, again?

    • LauRoman
    • 2 years ago

    No 5.1 audio and no digital audio out either. And there seems to be plenty of space for at least one connection…

      • Usacomp2k3
      • 2 years ago

      Can you use the HDMI outputs as audio-only? I’m not up-to-speed with how PC’s handle this these days, especially when you mix in a discreet video card.

        • frenchy2k1
        • 2 years ago

        yes you can.
        All 3 graphic providers allow for pass-through of sound using HDMI.

      • ludi
      • 2 years ago

      Per Newegg specs:

      Audio: 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel * To configure 7.1-channel audio, you have to use an HD front panel audio module and enable the multi-channel audio feature through the audio driver. Support for S/PDIF Out

      It’s not common to have a giant dedicated audio port cluster anymore, especially on SFF mobos.

    • Goty
    • 2 years ago

    It’s probably just lens distortion, but that USB block on the left of the last picture (and the board itself) looks awfully crooked!

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Bit of both. There’s definitely a bit of barrel distortion on the camera there, but the components themselves aren’t ever lined up particularly well, due to their method of attachment. Take the Wifi antenna ports, for example. Ignoring the barrel distortion they don’t quite line up with the other ports either.

    • K-L-Waster
    • 2 years ago

    Do my eyes deceive me, or is that actually a VRM heat sink with fins?

    I thought that was against the kewl-kidz roolz….

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