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Feb 20, 2013

New Gigabyte Thin Mini-ITX Motherboards

Intel has something called the AIO PC specification, which defines what type of hardware can be used in such computers. Gigabyte isn't exactly trying to adhere to the guidelines.

And by that we mean to say that it has decided to go a step further when it made the newest mini-ITX motherboards called H77TN and B75TN. While their width and length are normal for their form factor, they are much thinner than usual, by 43% in fact.  The exact size is 17cm x 17cm x 2.5cm / 175 x 175 x 25 mm / 6.88 x 6.88 x 0.98 inches. Even so, they pack all the specifications that their kind need, from processor and memory to storage and connectivity capabilities. GA-H77TN, for example, relies on the Intel H77 Express Chipset and supports Core i7, i5 and i3 CPUs, with the provision that the TDP (thermal design power) be no higher than 77W. It also has HDMI, DisplayPort and LVDS video outputs, as well as 7.1-channel audio, a PCI Express x4 slot, a mini PCI Express slot, two SATA 6 Gbps connectors, two 3 Gbps ports, an mSATA connector and even RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 technology.

The GA-B75TN is similar in many ways, from the CPU support to Gigabit Ethernet and everything else mentioned above. “GIGABYTE’s Thin Mini-ITX motherboards underline our commitment to the desktop PC market and cement our leadership position in the high growth AIO segment,” commented Henry Kao, vice president of GIGABYTE motherboard business unit. “By embracing new form factors like Thin Mini-ITX, GIGABYTE is enabling continued innovation in desktop PC design while also opening doors to market segments, such as industrial PCs, that we have not traditionally serviced.” To teach people everything about its mini-ITX platforms, and how to build their own all-in-one PC, Gigabyte has set up this special web page.

Gigabyte AiO hardware


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