The GIGABYTE H370N-WiFi

One of the motherboards we were sampled early was the GIGABYTE H370N-WiFi. This is GIGABYTE's latest mini-ITX motherboard, and in this case using the H370 chipset - traditionally GIGABYTE's H-series mini-ITX boards implement additional features, such as HDMI 2.0, and in this case, Wi-Fi.

The initial viewing of the board is one implemented more in function than overall style. The four-phase power delivery has a heatsink, the CPU is powered by an 8-pin 12V header, and the full length PCIe slot is shielded. GIGABYTE has two full-length DDR4 slots on this model, using double sided latches, and there are four SATA ports on the right hand side of the board out of a possible six that the chipset supports.

For storage, we get an M.2 2280 slot that sits above the chipset heatsink on the front, and another on the rear:

The two key parts on this motherboard that are going to be a little interesting start with the HDMI 2.0 implementation.

Here GIGABYTE is using the MegaChips MCDP2800 chip as an LSPCon to enable HDMI 2.0 from the processor. This is fairly common for HDMI 2.0, although due to the added LSPCon cost, we still only see it on a few motherboards - mostly GIGABYTE boards.

The other thing to note will be the Wi-Fi implementation. As the H370 chipset will support a native wireless solution, it all comes down to which companion RF model GIGABYTE has chosen. A quick look in the device manager shows this:

Here Intel is using the AC-9560, which is Intel's 2x2 802.11ac Wave 2 (160 MHz) solution - the high cost one.

Another feature on the new motherboards will be the USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) support. Here we see GIGABYTE not bothering with the fastest USB 3.1 implementation - all the ports here are USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) standard - even the port being enabled via a Type-C redriver. This means that this board could be seen as just a refresh of the 200-series version, with only the chipset changed to support the new processors. The motherboard does not have additional front panel headers for 10 Gbps either, meaning that this board uses exactly zero of the four that the chipset supports.

Elsewere on the board we spot the dual NICs, powered by Intel I219-V and Intel I211-AT controllers.

 

The audio, despite being a 3-plug stack, is powered by the Realtek ALC1220 codec.

In our box with the board, aside from the usual CD/manual/IO shield, we also got two SATA cables and a pair of Wi-Fi antenna. Nothing overly complex.

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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    "Many people expect Apple to be Intel’s biggest customer with these parts, however the future of the product line is unclear, with Intel unwilling to discuss the roadmap on what is being called ‘Kaby Lake-G’."

    There's already been recent news about Apple possibly moving to a different CPU supplier in Macintosh systems in 2020, so less than 2 years from now. Maybe in the short term, Apple will be a customer for such chips, but the mid- to long-term future appears to be quite different. Here's a link to a source article about that:

    http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-t...
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  • Ratman6161 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Apple has been hovering around 8% - 10% market share in laptops and a bit lesser share for desktops for a very long time. 10% is certainly enough for Intel to take notice but not enough for them to be coming out with CPU's specifically for them. Reply
  • satai - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    Apple sells/buys with above average prices. That makes them pretty valuabe customer.

    Intel did some tweaks of CPUs for them before (smaller packaging for C2D for Air and possibly others).
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  • 12Parsecs - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    https://ark.intel.com/products/77912/Intel-Xeon-Pr...
    ;-)
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  • tipoo - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    There we go, ULV quads and Iris Plus were probably what the 13" rMBP was waiting on. Reply
  • willis936 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    i9? Where are the 8 cores? Three architectures in one generation with no way simple way of distinguishing? Is 10nm coming this decade? Oh but you’ve added a single useless feature to optane. The market will bring retribution for incompetence soon. Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    "Three architectures in one generation with no way simple way of distinguishing? "

    the thing about maths, and a processor is just maths made manifest, is eventually you find the "best" topology. you've been walking toward a wall, half the distance at a step. in time you get close enough that you can't tell the difference. after that, it's just an engineering exercise in silicon/whatever. it's more than likely that the wall has been contacted. but none of the chip companies want us to know it.
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  • NATE1372 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Any mention or update on the Intel Z390 chipset? Reply
  • jaydee - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Any Coffee Lake mainstream mobile (15W TDP) CPUs, or are they skipping it for Cannon Lake? Reply
  • t99 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Do these chips all fix spectre and meltdown? Suprising there were was no reference anywhere in article. Reply

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