Gigabyte Z87N-WIFI Motherboard Review

The Intro:

We all know Gigabyte. They’ve been there since we started building computers in our basements. They’ve made “ultra durable” mean something (not just a catch phrase). They were also one of the first manufacturers to realize that all circuit boards didn’t need to be green with beige peripheral slots. Now they are a leader in the enthusiast PC market.

About a year ago, when Intel released the Haswell Processors and the Z87 chipset, Gigabyte released a series of “Ultra Durable” motherboards to go with them. the series included three (3) motherboards with varying feature sets (the Z87X-UD3H, UD4H and UD5H). All of these boards featured the Intel Z87X chipset in the unlocked “X” configuration. I reviewed the UD4H (Here on The Mod Zoo) and loved its stability, layout and overclocking features.

Now picture all of that stability and power packed into a motherboard just half its size and you have the Z87N-WIFI. If you think that sounds amazing, picture a board half the size with all the top features, and more like USB 3.0, SATA III (6GB/s), b/g/n WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, and even PCI-e 3.0 x16.

 

Motherboard Features and Specifications from the Gigabyte Website

Features:

  • Supports 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Mini ITX Form Factor (17*17cm)
  • GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 4 Plus Technology
  • Supports Intel® WiFi/ WIDI technology
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel® Wi-Fi module
  • GIGABYTE Hybrid Digital Power Engine
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
  • GIGABYTE 333™ Onboard Acceleration (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 & 3x USB Power)
  • GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ for USB devices
  • Dual LAN with high ESD Protection
  • Dual HDMI 1.4, DVI-I

Specifications:

CPU

  • Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 packageL3 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

  • Intel® Z87 Express Chipset

Memory

  • 2 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
  • * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for DDR3 1600/1333 MHz memory modules
  • Support for non-ECC memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor:

  • 1 x DVI-I port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
  • 2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 2560 x 1600 @ 60 Hz
  • * Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
  • Maximum shared memory of 1 GB

Audio

  • Realtek® ALC892 codec
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

  • Intel® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN1)
  • Atheros® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)(LAN2)
  • * Teaming is not supported.

Wireless Communication module

  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, supporting 2.4 GHz Single-Band
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR

Expansion Slots

  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16
  • (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
  • 1 x mini-PCI Express slot for the wireless communication module

Storage Interface Chipset:

  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors supporting up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s devices
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

USB Chipset:

  • Up to 4 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  • Up to 6 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x system fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  • 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header
  • 1 x serial port header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

Back Panel Connectors

  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 2 x HDMI ports
  • 2 x antenna connectors
  • 1 x DVI-I port
  • 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x RJ-45 ports
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller

  • iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

  • System voltage detection
  • CPU/System temperature detection
  • CPU/System fan speed detection
  • CPU/System fan speed control

BIOS

  • 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a

Unique Features

  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress Install
  • Support for APP Center
  • @BIOS
  • EasyTune
  • EZ Setup
  • Smart TimeLock
  • USB Blocker
  • Support for ON/OFF Charge
  • Support for Wi-Fi Share
  • Support for Cloud Station

Bundle Software

  • Norton Internet Security (OEM version)
  • Intel® Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel® Smart Connect Technology
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • Intel® Wireless Display

Operating System

  • Support for Windows 8/7

Form Factor

  • Mini-ITX Form Factor; 17.0cm x 17.0cm

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  1. Actually, Asus has learned from their high end multi GPU Mobos (Maximus, Sabertooth, Crosshair, etc.) of this problem. So, they designed left side Memory retention clips that don’t move. Therefore on their newest Mini ITX Mobos, you can install or remove the Memory without removing the GPU.

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