The GIGABYTE H370N WiFi Review: Mini-ITX with HDMI 2.0 and 802.11ac Wave 2by Joe Shields on June 21, 2018 9:01 AM EST
Small form factor boards, like the Mini-ITX H370N WIFI we are looking at today, do not have a lot of room to make the boards look pretty. Typically we see heatsinks that can give the boards some flare, and perhaps some stenciled pattern working its way through any of the free space on the PCB. In this case, the H370N WIFI doesn't use any stenciling on the black PCB but uses the heatsinks and RGB LEDs to give it some life. At a high level, we see CPU power and three 4-pin (hybrid) fan headers up top, two DRAM slots, SATA ports, and ATX power on the right, while a black PCH heatsink, a reinforced PCIe slot, and the first (of two) M.2 slots are just above it. The back of the board is where the second M.2 slot is hiding out.
A total of four RGB LEDs are on the bottom left-hand corner of the board under the audio stack which gives the board a nice, if unbalanced, glow when in use. If additional lighting is needed, the board does have a 4-pin RGB header located just below the front USB 3.0 header on the bottom right-hand corner of the board. It also has a 3-pin digital RGB header just behind the Wireless module. The integrated and attached RGB LEDs are controlled through GIGABYTE's RGB Fusion software.
Being an 'H' series board, we know that the intent here is to use a locked processor and run things as Intel designed them. In other words, there isn't any overclocking on the board for the CPU and Memory. To that end, we will not see incredibly robust power delivery bits as it does not need to support more than what the CPU is listed at stock.
In this case, GIGABYTE uses an Intersil ISL95866 multi-phase (4+3) PWM controller driving On Semiconductor NTMFS4C06N and NTMFS4C10N MOSFETs. Feeding power to these IC's is a single 8-pin EPS 12V connector.
Spinning the board around, on the right side we are able to see the two DDR4 DRAM slots supporting up to 32GB of DDR4-2666 RAM in grey, while the four black SATA ports are vertically oriented located closer to the edge of the board. We can also see the USB3.0 and USB 2.0 headers as well as the front panel header in white in the middle. There are a lot of connections shoe-horned in there, but, with the size of the board, there isn't much else board designers can do.
Above is a closeup of the SATA and USB ports/headers and the front panel header. As with most boards, RAID 0,1, and 10 is supported through SATA.
The bottom part of the board is where we'll find the first M.2 slot with the connector just to the right of the PCH heatsink supporting up to 80mm drives. I am a bit concerned with the chipset heatsink sitting immediately below as those devices get a bit warm as is without the help of something else so close.
There is no special arrangement for audio, except a few filter caps. The Realtek ALC1220-VB is nominally a 7.1 channel audio codec, however GIGABYTE has chosen only to give a 2.1 jack stack.
The back panel IO has a total of five USB ports, three display outputs for the integrated GPU, dual RJ-45 ports for the Intel-based NICs, the CNVi based Wi-Fi module, and a 3-plug audio stack. Some may feel a bit claustrophobic with five USB ports (and no USB 3.1 10 Gbps ports), but outside of that, has what is needed for most users. The board offers dual HDMI ports with one supporting HDMI 1.4, the other, supporting HDMI 2.0 through its Megachips MCDP2800 converter chip which will allow 4K at up to 60 FPS - a feature found on only a few motherboards.
- 1 x DisplayPort
- 2 x HDMI
- 1 x USB 3.0 Type-C
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 2 x RJ-45
- 2 x SMA antenna connectors
- 3 x Audio Jacks
In the Box
GIGABYTE Includes the following:
- User's Manual
- Quick Installation Guide
- Driver Disk
- 2 x SATA cables
- SMA antenna
- Rear I/O plate