Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Mini-ITX Motherboard Review
By Tom Jaskulka
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by AMD.
The mini-ITX form factor has taken off in a big way. Packing a lot of power in a small space, these 17 x 17 centimeter squares have enabled new concentrations of computing power. Generally, you have to pay quite a bit for the privilege of shrinking everything down, but Gigabyte has a model in their Ultra Durable line of motherboards that brings a “Z” chipset to the ~$130 price point. With high-efficiency MOSFETs and on-board WIFI/Bluetooth, USB 3.0 and two gigabit LAN controllers (Intel and Atheros), the Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI is a reasonably priced entry into the overclocking-capable Z87 chipset. Is it worth it? Follow along as Benchmark Reviews takes a closer look.
First up: a quick overview of the physical board layout; then we’ll dig into the UEFI features and bundled software package. Finally, we’ll see what performance the GA-Z87N-WIFI unlocks using an i5-4670K CPU with a bit of overclocking.
Features & Specifications
Supports 4th Generation Intel Core processors
Mini ITX Form Factor (17 x 17cm)
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 4 Plus Technology
Supports Intel Wi-Fi / WIDI technology
Integrated Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel Wi-Fi module
GIGABYTE Hybrid Digital Power Engine
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS
GIGABYTE 333™ Onboard Acceleration (USB 3.0, SATA 3.0 & 3X USB Power)
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge for USB devices
Dual LAN with high ESD Protection
Dual HDMI 1.4, DVI-I