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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  • ericgl21 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Interesting.
    Not a single word on whether the new 8th gen CPUs have the new design to protect them against Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities.
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  • Hixbot - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    That will not be until Icelake, possibly Cannon lake. There won't be a silicon fix for Coffee Lake.

    How Intel keeps selling these vulnerable chips at full price, I don't know.
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  • gammaray - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    you don't have to buy them Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    Actually all Intel chip have been protected with micro-code updates. Future generations will have hardware specific updates - however I glad to see Dell DPS 2in1 does not use the As media chips Reply
  • tuxRoller - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Is there an error in the table on page 3 where the L3 cache for the i5s are listed with 1.5MB/core? Reply
  • serendip - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    8th gen is whatever we want it to be!

    Seriously, the number of 8th gen architectures in that table is just ridiculous. Is Intel doing this out of desperation? Even Samsung stopped the shotgun approach to marketing a while back.
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  • boeush - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    I just have to officially come out in defense of even numbers. The blatant, years-long entrenched odd-itism in Intel's CPU model branding is starting to get beyond ridiculous. Yes, I know that 3, 5, 7 and 9 are really cool and everything - but why do we, the consumers, continue to act indifferently when confronted with such odious, manifest prejudice against 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10? Even numbers matter too! Reply
  • sorten - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    wake me up when 10nm is available Reply
  • FunBunny2 - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    if you mean 10nm in X,Y,Z top to bottom... well you'll put Rip Van Winkle to shame. it's never going to happen Heisenberg wins. Reply
  • zepi - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    Where is my LPDDR4 support?!

    I want more memory without destroying standby life.
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