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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  • SaturnusDK - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    tl;dr. No consumer line 8-core from Intel yet. Reply
  • Tyler_Durden_83 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    No need to rush it since Intel still has the performance crown (the best value crown is another matter ofc). Reply
  • SaturnusDK - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Not really. The 1800X still beat the 8700K in most multi-threaded workloads. Intel has the crown for best performance if all you do is single player gaming at low resolution. That's about it. Multi-threaded workload and professional workloads Intel is behind. Gaming at higher resolution or streaming it's really a toss up. Reply
  • StevoLincolnite - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Well. There is a rush.
    There are those who are on Westmere/Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge who have 6 core processors but are looking to upgrade, like myself.

    Intel's 6-core mainstream parts aren't really attractive considering I have had a 6-core processor for almost a decade, sure... I will gain a massive increase in single threaded performance... But it's nothing that a little bit of overclocking to 4.8ghz on my 3930K that couldn't make up some of that difference.

    Besides... In heavy threaded scenario's, AMD beats Intel.

    I guess I am waiting another year to upgrade. Another year Intel doesn't get my cash.
    Probably not a bad thing at the moment anyway with the price of DRAM.
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  • goatfajitas - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    "Westmere/Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge who have 6 core processors"

    But those were the extremely high end expensive CPU's back then. Those dont compare with todays standard consumer models, they compare with the Core i9 which has 10 cores https://ark.intel.com/products/123613/Intel-Core-i...
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  • FunBunny2 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    "In heavy threaded scenario's, AMD beats Intel."

    which matters once we have more than a handful of multi-threaded apps. running discrete apps in background really isn't the same thing.
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  • npz - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Virtually all productivity and real professional programs are nicely multi threaded. And running multiple discrete programs or multiple instances of the same program concurrently is very valid use of multi-threading. Think about what live game streaming involves: all different programs executing concurrently (where each may also be multithreaded): the game, the recording application, the encoder process, the streaming network application, the live audience chatroom, etc Similary with many other cases Reply
  • JackNSally - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Professional streamers use 2 PC's. 1 for gaming, 1 to capture video and run all the programs. Reply
  • SaturnusDK - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    They only used 2 PCs because they were literally forced to. Before Ryzen the only option they had was either use very pricey HEDT set up or have a gaming PC and a streaming PC. Often the 2 PC set up would be cheaper. After Ryzen, streamer can easily get by with one PC for everything. Reply
  • 0ldman79 - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    I could stream with my old FX processor.

    The entire reason I got a 6 core was to multi task. It wasn't the best at everything, but it could do a hell of a lot all at once without slowing down my gaming.

    I regularly would record TV while encoding a video while gaming. Streaming wouldn't be a strain on the machine. It was a purpose built DVR with gaming.
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