We know a lot of you have been waiting for Gigabyte’s upcoming mini-ITX boards that are expected to be announced later this month and we’ve now come across the first details of Gigabyte’s H77 mini-ITX courtesy of a Gigabyte roadshow in Europe. The board will be known as the GA-H77N-WIFI and it’s got a fair bit in common with what we’d expect from a Zotac board in terms of features.
In fact, the GA-H77N-WIFI looks set to be a direct competitor in terms of features to Zotac’s H77ITX-B-E motherboard, which in our opinion isn’t a bad thing. As such, you can expect a x16 PCI Express slot, two standard DIMM slots, a half size mini PCI Express slot – which will be populated by a Wi-Fi/Bluetooth card when the board goes on sale – two SATA 6Gbps ports, two SATA 3Gbps ports and an internal USB 3.0 pin-header.
Around the rear we have a PS/2 port, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a pair of Gigabit Ethernet ports – using dual Realtek chips – 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDIF out – we don’t know the exact audio codec Gigabyte is using but we're of the understanding that it'll be a Realtek chip – two antenna points for the Wi-Fi card, a DVI port and apparently two HDMI ports. We would’ve loved to have seen a DisplayPort connector here instead of the secondary HDMI port, or even the DVI port, but otherwise it’s hard to fault the H77N-WIFI.
The Z77 version shouldn’t be vastly different in terms of functionality, but we don’t know if Gigabyte made any changes beyond the chipset, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the company has cooking. Sadly, this is as good as it gets this time around and we're sure some of you will be going a different route for your mini-ITX CustoMac, but for most users, it looks like Gigabyte has a solution that will do the job and then some.