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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 motherboard has 4+2 power phase. Towards the top, you’ll find the 4-pin power connector, COM port header and the only two fan headers you have on this motherboard- 4 pin black for system and 4 pin white for CPU fan. Below the COM port, you’ll find the 2 pin CMOS Clear header.

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Intel Dual band WiFi-AC 7260 Module

Gigabyte implemented an Intel Dual-band WiFi-AC 7260 AC WiFi+ Bluetooth 4.0 module on the mini PCIe slot running via the PCIe lanes. It places nearer to the I/O ports towards the rear like a daughterboard to ensure it doesn’t eat up any space.

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2x DDR3 DIMM Slots

As one would expect, the mini-ITX motherboard supports two DIMM slots, therefore supporting up to 16GB DDR3 memory.

As you can see, there are two PTN 33600BS controllers that are responsible for the HDMI output via the connector. As you’d expect, there are 2x HDMI connectors on the rear I/O ports, something unexpected on a mini ITX. The motherboard uses Intersil ISL9582 four phase digital PWN controller. Another eye-raising implementation is the dual gigabit Ethernet controllers- Intel I1217-V for LAN 1 and Qualcomm¬†Atheros AR81 for LAN 2. They’re both gigabit LAN.

The 2x 64 Mbit BIOS is towards the lower right corner of the motherboard. I am not sure why Gigabyte preferred to stick the BIOS battery with a connector on the board and not use a right angled CMOS battery dock. But when you see the area around the CMOS battery, you’ll notice that there’s barely any space. Given the fact that on a 17cm x 17cm motherboard, they manage to put a lot, including dual Gbe LAN, I say that’s fair enough.

Realtek ALC ALC892 audio Codec is paired with this motherboard.

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