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    Default Gigabyte H77N-WiFi [Mini-ITX] Review! Great for HTPC

    Gigabyte H77N-WiFi [Mini-ITX]

    Gigabyte release new GA-H77N-WiFI motherboard has been spotted in market, features a Mini-ITX form factor design and comes with Intel Wi-Di and Dual LAN for HTPC/ Lan Gaming/ Nas Storage and File Server.

    A single expansion slots PCIe 3.0 x16 slot and dual memory 1.5v DIMM slots support up to 16GB DDR3-1600MHz. The Integrated graphics chip is provided display outputs through 2 HDMI and a DVI-I port.

    Support for Intel Core™ Celeron/i3/i5/i7 processors [LGA1155]
    Intel® H77 Express Chipset
    2 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
    Realtek ALC892 High Definition Audio codec 7.1-channel
    Dual Realtek 8111F GbE with Teaming function
    Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 300Mbps
    Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 Bluetooth 4.0+HS
    Expansion Slots
    1x PCI Express 3.0 x16
    1x Mini-PCIe
    Storage Interface:
    2 x SATA 6Gb/s
    2 x SATA 3Gb/s
    Form Factor: Mini-ITX

    Testing Spec:
    Intel i7 3770K [Intel Stock Cooling]
    G.Skill F3-2133C9D-8GAB [4gbx2]
    Hynix SSD 128Gb Sata 3
    FSP HEXA HE-500w
    Windows 7 64bits Ultimate [installed all update]

    GA-H77N-WiFi features the H77 chipset & LGA1155 socket, CPU and memory are powered through a 4+1 Digital Power Phase "VRM" that utilizes Lower RDS MOSFETs and Ferrite Core chokes.

    H77N-WiFi Layout

    Gigabyte H77N-WiFi Mini-ITX package Box.

    Front view:

    Side view:

    H77N-WiFi come with Intel Wifi/bluetooth 4.0 supporting WiDi technology.

    Back view Box:

    SK Hynix SSD 128Gb: SK Hynix is the world's second-largest memory chipmaker and the world's sixth-largest semiconductor company.

    H77N-Wifi Accessory package:
    1x I/O Back Plate
    2x Wireless/Bluetooth antenna
    1x MB/ Wifi & Bluetooth Driver Disc
    1x Manual Book
    2x Sata3 Cable

    2.5inch SK Hynix SSD & MB H77N-WiFi

    Back I/O:

    1x P/S2 For Mouse or Keyboard
    2x HDMI
    2x Wifi/Bluetooth port
    1X DVI
    2x Intel USB 3.0

    2x Realtek GbE Lan Teaming function
    4x Intel USB 2.0
    1x S/PDIF Out
    1x 7.1-channel Audio

    Mainboard Connector:
    2x White Sata3 6b/s
    2x Black Sata2 3b/s
    1x Intel USB 3.0 Front casing port
    1x Front USB 2.0 casing port
    1x F_Panel
    1x Com


    H77N-WiFi used 4+1 Digital Power Phase, and CHEMI-CON Japanese Solid Capacitor.

    Gigabyte used High Quality Mosfets. Two K0393 Rensas MOSFETs act on the low-side, and a single K03B7 is used as the high-side. These MOSFETs have very low RDS(ON) which means they will have lower temperature as they are switching on and off.

    H77N-WiFi Used 2 Realtek RTL8111F chip act as Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming function network data access of up to 2Gbps bandwidth transmission with the Teaming function enabled.

    Three Asmedia ASM1442 chip, output high speed TMDS level shift ICs for High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) and Digital Video Interface (DVI) video application

    Gigabyte added Realtek ALC892 High Definition Audio codec, output 8-Channel Surround Sound

    Model: GA-H77N-WiFi

    Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230 300mbps with Bluetooth 4.0 [2R-2T]

    Removed: mPCI-E Intel Wireless module card

    You can't replace wireless module to a MSSD card, COM port and PCH Heat-Sink blocking.

    Intel Wireless Module Back:

    2nd Overview without PCH Heat-Sink:

    Intel H77 Express Chipset PCH

    PCH Heat-Sink

    H77N-WiFi Back view: they placed I/O Controller chip on the back.

    iTE8728F I/O Controller Chip is a very common Super IO on GIGABYTE boards used for fan speed, temperature control and provides PS/2.

    H77N-Wifi used 6-Layer 2 oz copper PCB.

    Dual UEFI Bios: MIC MX 2SL 6406E, two 64Mbit/8MByte BIOS ROMs for Dual UEFI BIOS

    PCI-E 3.0 x16

    PCI Express 3.0 l Design in Taipei l Dual Bios l Erp Ready

    All Japanese Capacitors

    PCB made in Taiwan!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte H77N-WiFi [Mini-ITX] Review! Great for HTPC

    Gigabyte 3D Bios Menu

    Bios 2D mode:

    Benchmark & Testing

    DPC Laterncy Checker
    As usually all brand open too many CPUZ and Hmontior, will cause I/O high Latency

    Closed All CPUZ & Hmonitor, will lower down Latency.

    Resume S3 Mode:

    Microsoft Windows 7 Experience Index

    Cinebench test:

    3Dmark11 Entry benchmark:

    PCmark7 benchmark:

    Transferring a 2.1Gb media file from Western Digital 500Gb Black over Cat 6a lan cable: 43Mb/s

    Transfer Finish: 48Seconds

    Transferring a 2.1Gb media file from Western Digital 500Gb Black over Wireless: 4Mb/s
    [Notice: Bandwidth not fully utilize, due to weak wireless router]

    Transfer Finish: 8Minutes

    Transfer a media to Samsung GS3 using Bluetooth 4.0 Technology
    Transfer rate: 172.6kbs

    Testing: Streaming media over wireless

    Testing: SK Hynix SSD benchmark on H77N-WiFi

    Extra Tests

    Random Access

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    Default Re: Gigabyte H77N-WiFi [Mini-ITX] Review! Great for HTPC

    Hope you guys like my review ^^

    i'm new here
    Last edited by poor_poor; 12-18-2012 at 10:10 PM.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte H77N-WiFi [Mini-ITX] Review! Great for HTPC

    I like it, thank you for sharing it

    Main Rig
    OS = Win8.1
    CPU = i7-980X @ 4.17Ghz 144x29 cooled by custom Loop
    Mem = 12GB 2000Mhz corsair Dominator GT at 2010Mhz @ 9-10-9-27-2T
    MB = Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5 v1.0 with F6 Bios - Dead Board
    MB = EVGA X58 Classified3 e770
    GPU = 2x Sapphire r9 290x in xfire
    HD = 4x PNY 120GB Raid 0
    Storage = 2TB WD Black
    PSU = EVGA SuperNOVA 1300w
    Case = Cooler Master HAF-X 945

    HTPC / Home Server
    OS = Win7 64Bit running XBMC HTPC Front end with Windows Server 2011 Virtual Machine with 8GB ram assigned for homer server with exchange
    CPU = AMD 1090T
    Mem = 16GB 1600Mhz Kingston RED Limited Edition running at 1600Mhz
    MB = Gigabyte 790FXTA-UD5
    GPU- EVGA GT210
    HD = too many to count, but about 5TB of storage all together including backup
    PSU = Corsair TX750
    Case = Too embarrassed to mention.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte H77N-WiFi [Mini-ITX] Review! Great for HTPC

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinster View Post
    I like it, thank you for sharing it

    Thank you :)

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