Intel’s latest iteration of its mainstream platform, Z370 and socket LGA1151-V2, provides a solid foundation for high-performance and compact systems. All of the major motherboard vendors offer mini-ITX options, though choice is limited in comparison to ATX and micro-ATX equivalents. Gigabyte’s sole mini-ITX option is the Z370N WiFi that we are looking at today.
Gigabyte’s approach to mini-ITX for Intel Z370 is fairly inconspicuous and not specifically positioned as a gaming product. This contrasts with its rivals who have mostly targeted the gaming market – ASUS with the ROG STRIX Z370-I Gaming, ASRock with the Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/ac and MSI the Z370I Gaming Pro Carbon AC. ASRock does, however, offer the Z370M-ITX/ac that is somewhat aligned to Gigabyte’s Z370N WiFi in terms of features, market positioning and price.
Despite Gigabyte’s inconspicuous design the Z370N WiFi is well-equipped for most target audiences. Feature highlights include dual M.2 with a cooled M.2 slot, dual Intel Gigabit LAN, onboard Intel WiFi, USB Type-C and high-quality Realtek ALC1220-based audio.
Gigabyte’s primary selling point with the Z370N WiFi is that it is more affordable than most of its competitors and this means a wider market appeal. A more affordable motherboard also means a larger budget for the level-headed buyer to allocate towards other system components that have a greater impact on system performance.
|Gigabyte Z370N WiFi|
|Form Factor||mini-ITX, 17 x 17cm|
|CPU Socket||Intel LGA 1151 “v2” for 8th Generation Core CPUs|
|Memory||DDR4, 2 DIMMs, up to 32GB, up to 4400MHz+ with OC|
|Onboard Graphics||Intel HD Graphics (with supported CPUs)|
|Discrete Graphics||Single Graphics Card Configurations Only|
|Expansion Slots||1 x PCIe 3.0 X16|
|Storage|| 4 x SATA III 6Gbps
1 x M.2 PCIe 32Gbps or SATA III 6Gbps
1 x M.2 PCIe 32Gbps
|USB|| 2 x USB 2.0 (2 Front, via Intel Z370)
8 x USB 3.0 (6 Rear, 2 Front, via Intel Z370)
1 x USB 3.0 (1 Rear, Type-C, via Intel Z370)
|Networking|| 1 x Intel I211AT Gigabit Ethernet
1 x Intel i219V Gigabit Ethernet
Intel Wireless-AC 8265NGW with Bluetooth 4.2
|Audio|| Realtek ALC1220 7.1 Channel* HD Audio
*7.1 channel requires multi-channel configuration of front panel audio module
|Fan Headers||3, all support 3/4 pin fans (1 CPU, 2 x SYS)|
2 x HDMI ports (1.4 and 2.0)
|UEFI||dual 128Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS|