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Aug 7, 2012

Gigabyte H77N-WiFi, Mini-ITX Board with Three Network Interfaces

Motherboards usually work fine with just one or two network interfaces, especially if they are smaller than most, but the Gigabyte H77N-WiFi is an exception.

Featuring the mini-ITX form factor, it supports socket LGA 1155 central processing units from Intel (Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge). Two of the three network connections are Gigabit Ethernet ports, while the third one is 802.11 b/g/n WLAN. Now, the form factor obviously makes the H77-WiFi a good fit for a home-theater personal computer, but HTPCs don't really have much use for more than one web connection (streaming from video sites). Thus, the extra Gigabit LAN and Wi-Fi lets it substitute for a NAS server, among other things. The only other perk of the mini-ITX board is the presence of two HDMI ports and one DVI, instead of two DVIs and one HDMI as is more common. That said, Gigabyte's small creation uses energy from a 24-pin ATX connection (and a 4-pin CPU plug) to power a 4+1 phase VRM, two DDR3 memory slots (16 GB max, 1,600 MHz), a PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, two SATA 6.0 Gbps ports and a pair of SATA 3.0 Gbps connectors.

Other specs include 8-channel HD audio (appears to be driven by a Realtek-made CODEC), Wireless Display (WiDi), four USB 3.0 ports (two on the back panel, two via headers) and six USB 2.0 ports (four at the rear, two header sets). Finally, Gigabyte made sure to include support for Intel Smart Response Technology, where an SSD is seen by the PC as cache memory and stores boot and frequently used files, thus enhancing startup speed and general system performance. All this information has been provided by tonymacx86. Gigabyte won't, in fact, formally launch this item until later this month (August 2012). Hopefully, a price will be chosen by that point.

Gigabyte H77N-WiFi
Image credits to TonyMacX86


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