• Gigabyte's H77 mini-ITX board unveiled, of sorts


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    Published on 08-06-2012 08:33 AM by
    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.

    Source: Hard2player
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. tonymacx86's Avatar
      tonymacx86 -
      CustoMac Mini?
    1. pramodpalutla's Avatar
      pramodpalutla -
      When will the ivy bridge i3's come out?
    1. wildwillow's Avatar
      wildwillow -
      This is good news. I am currently looking into a low power consumption set up. I have integrated the Elgato Eye TV into my Hack, connected to my satellite and am able to watch HD and over 300 channels on my Hack. Using no bandwidth or satellite subscription.
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      Quote Originally Posted by pmdsp1155 View Post
      Honestly there is nothing new on this board .
      What did you expect? No-one promised a revolutionary product, all that was ever said was that Gigabyte would have it's own mini-ITX boards. It's by no means a bad board, but it might now wow as much as Asus' Deluxe board, but I can bet it'll be a lot cheaper.
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      Quote Originally Posted by pramodpalutla View Post
      When will the ivy bridge i3's come out?
      This quarter apparently
    1. K1mer0's Avatar
      K1mer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thelostswede View Post
      What did you expect? No-one promised a revolutionary product, all that was ever said was that Gigabyte would have it's own mini-ITX boards. It's by no means a bad board, but it might now wow as much as Asus' Deluxe board, but I can bet it'll be a lot cheaper.
      is it possible that it will be on sale this month?
    1. nutjob's Avatar
      nutjob -
      I find the dual ethernet+wifi a bit odd. Why would you put those together? Dual ethernet makes it a great small server, and the wifi would be great for a small desktop system. I guess you could use it as a wifi router and server. Personally I hope they come out with a version without Wifi since it's unlikely to be compatible.
    1. nutjob's Avatar
      nutjob -
      Quote Originally Posted by pmdsp1155 View Post
      Honestly there is nothing new on this board .
      Yeah, there's been several H77 mITX boards released to date.
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      Quote Originally Posted by nutjob View Post
      I find the dual ethernet+wifi a bit odd. Why would you put those together? Dual ethernet makes it a great small server, and the wifi would be great for a small desktop system. I guess you could use it as a wifi router and server. Personally I hope they come out with a version without Wifi since it's unlikely to be compatible.
      So swap the card out, big deal... it's got a standard half size mini PCI Express slot and you'll most likely get your money back selling the card that's in the slot to start with...
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      Quote Originally Posted by K1mer0 View Post
      is it possible that it will be on sale this month?
      Anything is possible...
    1. grimAXE's Avatar
      grimAXE -
      I have been trying to sell my old desktop to build a CustoMac Mini. The best guide I've seen is TonyMac's from 2011. The GA-H61N-USB3 MiniITX board is so far the only compatible board thats truly supported, with a DSDT available and everything.
      Unlike the H61N board this board has a built in WiFi slot, so just pop in a native airport card if necessary.

      For my purposes I was going to build it as a Guest/HTPC/Web browsing computer for my family and any friends that need to use a computer.
      My friends are interested in this as well and would love to make it for them as a gift. But it would be a pain to tell them they have to use a USB WiFi adapter which we all know isn't stupendous on a hackintosh.

      If there is any great compatible MiniITX motherboards with power management, sleep, restart working let me know in a response.

      Hopefully its the same or lower priced than the H61N (about $80).
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      Quote Originally Posted by grimAXE View Post
      I have been trying to sell my old desktop to build a CustoMac Mini. The best guide I've seen is TonyMac's from 2011. The GA-H61N-USB3 MiniITX board is so far the only compatible board thats truly supported, with a DSDT available and everything.
      Unlike the H61N board this board has a built in WiFi slot, so just pop in a native airport card if necessary.

      For my purposes I was going to build it as a Guest/HTPC/Web browsing computer for my family and any friends that need to use a computer.
      My friends are interested in this as well and would love to make it for them as a gift. But it would be a pain to tell them they have to use a USB WiFi adapter which we all know isn't stupendous on a hackintosh.

      If there is any great compatible MiniITX motherboards with power management, sleep, restart working let me know in a response.

      Hopefully its the same or lower priced than the H61N (about $80).
      Well, this board should be the same as Gigabyte's other 7-series boards in that it doesn't need a DSDT file. That said, you'll have some issues with Sandy Bridge CPU's and graphics, as you need to modify the drivers, but as I pointed out in an earlier reply, the Ivy Bridge Core i3 CPU's should be out sometime this quarter.

      And no, this will not be cheaper than the H61N, as for one, it has a more expensive chipset and as the board has more features, included Wi-Fi card etc. it's going to be a fair bit more expensive.
    1. iNews's Avatar
      iNews -
      im in love with this board <3

      hi Swede why there is no chat room with the new website ?????????
    1. brushmate's Avatar
      brushmate -
      I'm missing Thunderbolt and I don't need a second LAN port.
    1. alans17's Avatar
      alans17 -
      I'm disappointed that it doesn't have the DisplyPort to go toe-to-toe with the ASUS and Zotac offerings, but I can always get a discrete video card if I must. Either that or patch the ASUS board and run with it.
    1. alans17's Avatar
      alans17 -
      Actually having 2 LAN ports is kind of cool if you're using it as a server in conjunction with Parallels. Your Windows instance can have it's own assigned ethernet port. So if there are any Windows server applications you have to have, this is a nifty feature. That being said, I would still rather have DisplayPort. :-P
    1. grimAXE's Avatar
      grimAXE -
      Quote Originally Posted by thelostswede View Post
      Well, this board should be the same as Gigabyte's other 7-series boards in that it doesn't need a DSDT file. That said, you'll have some issues with Sandy Bridge CPU's and graphics, as you need to modify the drivers, but as I pointed out in an earlier reply, the Ivy Bridge Core i3 CPU's should be out sometime this quarter.

      And no, this will not be cheaper than the H61N, as for one, it has a more expensive chipset and as the board has more features, included Wi-Fi card etc. it's going to be a fair bit more expensive.
      Well theres always the Ivy Bridge i5 with the HD4000, even though its a bit pricey (about $230) and consumes 77w. That's great knowing a cheaper option will be available.

      Hopefully the board will be in the low 100s. It would make no sense if it was $160.

      and no DSDT? Does that mean when using UniBeast you just use the EasyBeast option?
    1. grimAXE's Avatar
      grimAXE -
      Quote Originally Posted by tonymacx86 View Post
      CustoMac Mini?
      Can't wait for your updated guide for an IvyBridge CustoMac Mini
    1. xtwombly's Avatar
      xtwombly -
      Quote Originally Posted by alans17 View Post
      I'm disappointed that it doesn't have the DisplyPort to go toe-to-toe with the ASUS and Zotac offerings, but I can always get a discrete video card if I must. Either that or patch the ASUS board and run with it.
      The patched rom for the ASUS board is pretty much selling me on it. I won't be ordering parts for another week or so, but unless Gigabyte comes outs with a Z77 board that is substantially lower in cost, I can't imagine it having such great advantage over the ASUS with a patched rom as to make the final cut for me. I am hoping the board specs are made public beforehand, though, just to do an actual comparison.
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      Quote Originally Posted by grimAXE View Post
      Well theres always the Ivy Bridge i5 with the HD4000, even though its a bit pricey (about $230) and consumes 77w. That's great knowing a cheaper option will be available.

      Hopefully the board will be in the low 100s. It would make no sense if it was $160.

      and no DSDT? Does that mean when using UniBeast you just use the EasyBeast option?
      No, you still have to select drivers, so you'd still do the DSDT option, just without a DSDT.
      There's a new version of Multibeast coming though...