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GIGABYTE Z77N-WiFi Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Bundled Applications

Included Applications

  • EasyTune 6
  • @BIOS
  • Smart Recovery 2
  • Auto Green
  • Chrome Browser
  • Norton Internet Security trial-ware

The @BIOS app gives the user a Windows-based interface for BIOS backup and update. Smart Recovery 2 allows for full backup and restore of system data with full NTFS volume support. Using the Auto Green app, a user can force the system into sleep or hibernation mode from a Bluetooth paired cell phone.

EasyTune 6

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CPU tab

The EasyTune 6 applet provides Windows-based monitoring and setting manipulation capabilities. The style and layout of the EasyTune 6 applet is similar to CPUz. By default, the applet opens to the CPU tab showing board, BIOS, and CPU-related information. The Tuner tab houses the board frequency and voltage-related manipulation settings. The user has the option for manual frequency and voltage setting manipulation by setting the Mode to Easy or Advance. In Advance mode, all three performance tabs are available to the user - Frequency, Ratio, and Voltage. The Memory tab houses the current system memory settings. The Graphics tab houses graphics-related frequency settings with the Smart and Monitoring tabs offering device monitoring and fan speed oversight methods. If the left most icon in the upper right corner of the applet is clicked, the Quick Summary window displays containing CPU, memory, BIOS, frequency, and voltage related data.

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Memory tab

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Tuner tab, Advance Mode, Frequency sub-tab

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Tuner tab, Advance Mode, Ratio sub-tab

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Tuner tab, Advance Mode, Voltage sub-tab

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Graphics tab

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Smart tab

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HW Monitor tab, Voltage sub-tab

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HW Monitor tab, Fan/Temp sub-tab

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Quick Summary window

April 22, 2013 | 12:03 PM - Posted by Justin 150 (not verified)

A decent board but has some layout issues.

Would prefer msata - put it on back of board like ASRock.

Would prefer sata sockets to be stacked at right angles not straight up (easier for cable management)

4pin ATX is in awkward place but can live with that.

Would like to see if some of the low profile coolers (fan downward) coolers would fit - would certainly improve cooling for power components, but looks to clash with pcie slot

April 22, 2013 | 09:24 PM - Posted by Noah Swint (not verified)

I've been using this for a little over a month. The dual realtek nic and Wireless-N 2230 cards work out the box using Linux distros running 3.2.38 and higher. They don't work on freebsd.

Performance with the Wireless-N 2230 with the included antennas in AP mode isn't really stable beyond 12 - 15 feet direclty in the line of sight.

The smallest low profile cpu heatsink/fan combos fit but run into the power supplies and cables in your Mini-ITX cases.

April 23, 2013 | 12:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Why does Easy Tune Processor Name say i-3 in 2 different windows but other fields conform to an i-5 3570K?

April 24, 2013 | 12:45 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Mostly likely a hardware id glitch with the version of easytune 6 installed for testing.  The CPU used for testing (and while these screencaps where taken) was an i5-3570K.

Thanks for pointing this out.

May 4, 2013 | 11:55 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

The biggest issue is that it does not have Wake on LAN. For this kind of board a no-go in my eyes!

September 23, 2014 | 06:51 PM - Posted by Chad (not verified)

Don't know how you got the specs but the official Gigabyte website shows that this mobo doesn't support 5ghz wifi. I also personally own this board and it won't detect my 5ghz router while my mac and android devices can.

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