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Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Rev 1.0 mini-ITX Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Motherboard Layout Overview
  4. Components Overview
  5. CPU Cooler and GPU clearance
  6. BIOS Layout
  7. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  8. Futuremark Benchmarks
  9. Memory Benchmarks
  10. USB 3.0 Benchmark
  11. SATA III Performance Test
  12. LAN Performance Test
  13. Boot Load Test
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links
  16. View All

The packaging is strong enough to protect the motherboard. Gigabyte manages to give a good deal of relevant information about the motherboard, but having a front view of the motherboard will be much better for people to get a better idea of the motherboard’s layout.

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You get a couple of reading materials, couple of SATA cables and an antenna which connects to Intel WiFi 802.11 AC and Bluetooth 4.0 module.

The specifications are as follows:

CPU
  • Support for Intel Core i7, i5, i3, Pentium, Celeron processors in the LGA1150 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU
Chipset Intel Z97 Express Chipset
Memory
  • 2 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 3100(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules
  • Support for non-ECC memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor – Intel HD Graphics support:

  • 1 x DVI-I port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60Hz
  • 2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24Hz or 2560×1600@60Hz
    * Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
  • Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
    * To set up a triple display configuration, you must connect a D-Sub monitor using a DVI-to-D-Sub adapter.
  • Maximum shared memory of 512MB
Audio
  • Realtek ALC892 Codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  • Intel GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN1)
  • Atheros GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN2)
Wireless Communication module
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR
  • Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate
    * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
  • 1 x mini-PCI Express slot for the wireless communication module
Storage Interface Chipset:

  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
USB Chipset:

  1. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  2. 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x system fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  • 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x chassis intrusion header
Back Panel Connectors
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 2 x HDMI ports
  • 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1 x DVI-I port
  • 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 ports
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller iTE I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  • System voltage detection
  • CPU/System temperature detection
  • CPU/System fan speed detection
  • CPU/System fan speed control
BIOS
  • 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features
  • Support for APP Center
    @BIOS
    EasyTune
    EZ Setup
    Fast Boot
    Cloud Station
    ON/OFF Charge
    Smart TimeLock
    Smart Recovery 2
    System Information Viewer
    USB Blocker
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Smart Switch
  • Support for Xpress Install
Bundle Software
  • Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
  • Intel Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel Smart Connect Technology
  • Intel Smart Response Technology
  • Intel Wireless Display
Operating System Support for Windows 8.1/8/7
Form Factor Mini-ITX Form Factor; 17.0cm x 17.0cm

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