• Gigabyte's 7-series mini-ITX boards finally official, available soon


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    Published on 09-10-2012 12:23 PM by
    It's said that patience is a virtue, but we're pretty sure that those of you that are waiting for Gigabyte's 7-series mini-ITX motherboards have close to used up all the patience you have. Today the company finally put up the GA-H77N-WIFI and the GA-Z77N-WIFI on its website which means that they should hit retail in a week or two depending on where you live.

    We've covered both models in detail already, so we're not going to cover the specs here, but you can either visit Gigabyte's website in the links below or read our earlier coverage to get the full details. We just want to reiterate a couple of things here, as we've seen some discussion in the forums with regards to what chips are being used. Both boards are using Realtek for both audio and networking, so there shouldn't be any compatibility issues here. Note that you'll have to swap out the Intel Wi-Fi card with a working one to get Wi-Fi support in OS X, but both boards are using a standard half-size mini PCI Express slot.

    The only downside of these boards is that they're limited to 1920x1200 display output using Intel's integrated graphics due to lack of a DisplayPort connector, so if you're planning on using a higher resolution display than this, then you need to look at getting a discrete graphics card. The boards will use the same UEFI as all of Gigabyte's other 7-series boards and hopefully we won't be seeing any of the teething issues we've seen with some of the earlier 7-series boards from Gigabyte. Always check for new UEFI/BIOS updates at Gigabyte's site before you start using your board, as they do continually issue updates.

    We should be getting our hands on a board later this week and we'll be doing some testing ASAP and give you all the details as soon as it arrives. Keep in mind that the GA-Z77N-WIFI is going to be sub $140 retail which makes it the cheapest Z77 mini-ITX board out there and the GA-H77N-WIFI is the cheapest H77 mini-ITX board with a mini PCI Express slot (included Wi-Fi for Windows users) for under $120. Not long to go now and hopefully the slight delay (which is not hardware related by the way) has allowed those of you waiting to save up some extra cash.

    Source: Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI, GA-Z77N-WIFI

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    Comments 80 Comments
    1. EddyMac's Avatar
      EddyMac -
      Can you tell me in one sentence what is the difference between these two boards?
    1. thelostswede's Avatar
      thelostswede -
      The chipset

      If that wasn't enough of an explanation, the Z77 model will offer some - albeit limited due to the fairly basic power regulation - overclocking if you put a K series CPU in the board. So if you're not planning on overclocking, the H77 is just fine.
    1. cavendishqi's Avatar
      cavendishqi -
      thelostswede answered in the old blog(No. 3 comment):
      Overclocking or not

      http://www.tonymacx86.com/159-exclus...herboards.html
    1. ehmormaht's Avatar
      ehmormaht -
      Quote Originally Posted by EddyMac View Post
      Can you tell me in one sentence what is the difference between these two boards?

      Different chipsets, Z77 and H77, Z77 being more suitable for over clocking and other pretty subtle differences.
    1. rehpotsirhc's Avatar
      rehpotsirhc -
      Quote Originally Posted by EddyMac View Post
      Can you tell me in one sentence what is the difference between these two boards?
      One uses the H77 and one uses the Z77 chipset. The main difference is that you can overclock with Z77 and cannot with H77. Z77 also supports Crossfire or SLI but on a mini itx that obviously doesn't matter.
    1. iNews's Avatar
      iNews -
      as far as i know , the native intel usb 3 port in H77 chipset will work with both usb2/3 devices .. but the native intel usb 3 port in Z77 chipset will work only with usb3 devices
    1. alux's Avatar
      alux -
      Great, maybe this case can match the small size and make a very like mac-mini come true
      http://www.anandtech.com/show/6192/a...all-as-it-gets

      Regards.
    1. jmpa's Avatar
      jmpa -
      Quote Originally Posted by alux View Post
      Great, maybe this case can match the small size and make a very like mac-mini come true
      http://www.anandtech.com/show/6192/a...all-as-it-gets

      Regards.
      90w is enouth for this mb and i3 3225?
    1. mrengles's Avatar
      mrengles -
      If I win the Bitfenix Prodigy contest, I know what motherboard i'm going to use =)
    1. mazenmardini's Avatar
      mazenmardini -
      So these are non-DSDT?
    1. EnzoFX's Avatar
      EnzoFX -
      No msata? msata is sweet for tiny enclosures.
    1. Noodle's Avatar
      Noodle -
      Without Display Port, I don't think these are cheapest Z77/H77 ITX board. Also, why a MacMini need two LAN ports?
    1. BoomR's Avatar
      BoomR -
      DANG!!! No Thunderbolt!!

      [[ducking & running for cover to avoid the wrath of thelostswede]]

      I sense another G4 Cube mod coming on....
    1. alux's Avatar
      alux -
      Great!!! here a slim case to make a mac-mini like machine come true :

      http://www.anandtech.com/show/6192/a...all-as-it-gets
    1. Tenper's Avatar
      Tenper -
      The availability of the Z77/H77 mini ITX boards along with these beautiful, functional cases have made this build really tempting.
    1. Bansaku's Avatar
      Bansaku -
      This motherboard would be the perfect fit for the BitFenix Prodigy Mini-itx case!
    1. Migento's Avatar
      Migento -
      A new BitFenix case and now a new Gigabyte mini board... Id say the stars are aligning for that HTPC.
    1. gerrygraff's Avatar
      gerrygraff -
      Is the only Wi-fi card that will work the $89.00 Sonnet one? Hope not, almost as expensive as the MB
    1. BoilerPaulie's Avatar
      BoilerPaulie -
      So this might be a stupid question, but I'm trying to read between the lines here (mostly because I have a Z77-UP5-TH) --- does this have any positive outlook for the wifi/bluetooth PCI card that this comes with getting support for Hackintoshes? I'm having a real hard time getting a USB bluetooth dongle to work with my Hackintosh and my USB mouse is driving me nuts - I want to use my magic trackpad.
    1. scbjmshpv's Avatar
      scbjmshpv -
      Quote Originally Posted by rehpotsirhc View Post
      Z77 also supports Crossfire or SLI but on a mini itx that obviously doesn't matter.
      unless you can get your hands on one that actually do have dual PCI-E x16 (as few motherboards you can get from barebone systems)