Gigabyte Z370N WiFi

In­cred­i­ble value for money for power users.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

At just $239, this In­tel Z370 based board in­cludes all of the fea­tures of the ASUS boards, and more, at a sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper price. Gigabyte has re­ally pulled a rab­bit out of the hat with this prod­uct, mak­ing it our pick of the bunch for mini-ITX boards.

Firstly, there’s the fact that it comes with twin HDMI ports, one of which is 2.0, and a Dis­playPort out­put al­low­ing for full 4K at 60Hz re­gard­less of which con­nec­tion your dis­play prefers. There’s also two M.2 slots, with one clev­erly mounted on the rear of the board, dou­bling up on your su­per-speed solid-state drives. Four SATA 3 ports are stan­dard for a board of this size, but twin Eth­er­net cer­tainly is not. There’s even in­te­grated 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a mir­a­cle at this price point.

A sin­gle PCIe x 16 phys­i­cal lane will fit even the fastest graph­ics card, while the dual mem­ory slots can be over­clocked up to 4400MHz. Au­dio is pro­vided by the in­dus­try de­fault, Real­tek’s ALC1220 codec, along with the ex­tra bells and whis­tles such as im­proved amps and ca­pac­i­tors. There’s an SP/ DIF out, and you can even do 7.1 over the 3.5mm jacks — there are five on the rear, with an­other two avail­able with an HD front panel au­dio mod­ule. It’s ob­vi­ously Optane ready, be­ing an In­tel prod­uct, but with twin M.2 con­nec­tors we’d sug­gest fill­ing these first.

Gigabyte has de­liv­ered an out­stand­ing prod­uct in this board, with more fea­tures than most at an ex­tremely pocket-friendly price. If you want to go for the small­est form fac­tor with­out miss­ing out on fea­tures, this is the board for you.

In­tel Z370 chipset; 2 x M. 2 slots; 4 x SATA 3; HDMI 2 and Dis­playPort out­put; SP/DIF; twin Eth­er­net, in­te­grated 802.11ac

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