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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  • HStewart - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    These statements are confusing, everything here stated that the mobile 6 core CPU's do have Hyperthreading. 6C/12T

    Marketing wise - AMD does similar tactics calling Ryzen 7, Ryzen 3 .... maybe they will have Ryzen 9 one day.
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  • Ratman6161 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    AMD is at least a little better on this. Generally speaking the 3/5/7 distinctions hold up...with potentially confusing exceptions of course. Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    My first computer was an AND composed marking cup- at the time I thought I was getting an Intel 386 25mhz chip and they put Amd clone 25mhz chip. I spent $1700 and that was cheep then Reply
  • Sonic01 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    Still no Core Y / 4.5W updates... its been 2 years now :/ Reply
  • jhoff80 - Tuesday, April 03, 2018 - link

    I'm guessing that they're skipping to Cannon Lake / 10nm for the Y-series, but who knows. Reply
  • close - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    If Apple does move to ARM (in a few years and only for lower powered models) the Y CPUs are the first to take the hit. There are very few ultraportables so successful to justify Intel's continued research in this. They already go out of mobile for the same reason, it's likely that in the future they will get out of the (ultra?) low power parts (under 10W). Reply
  • Sonic01 - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    yeah that's what i was thinking... is there any news on the release date for these? I've just seen rumours of "late 2018", so I can only assume december... Reply
  • HStewart - Wednesday, April 04, 2018 - link

    Actually an year and half since Q3 2016 - but it looks like 8th gen u series can be used in ultra lights Reply
  • Sonic01 - Friday, April 06, 2018 - link

    yeah i realised after i posted but still. i know the U series are being used in ultra lights... but they still arent as ultra light as Y's.... all the U based ultrabooks start at 1.4KG and have cpu fans, my core Y ultrabook is 1KG and has no fans... oh well, will just have to keep waiting... Reply
  • Kakti - Sunday, April 08, 2018 - link

    My Acer Switch Alpha 12 uses an i5-6200u, weighs 1.28 kg and is passively cooled. There's a few ultrabooks/tablets/2 in 1's that use u-series processors and no fans, but yeah they are rare. Personally I'd rather have a U processor for the added unmph...the 4.5w Y's will struggle to do much more than surf the web. Even high resolution video decoding can push past a Y processor's limits. Reply

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