Review Index:
Feedback

GIGABYTE Z77N-WiFi Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Overclocking Results

Manual Overclocking

Unfortunately, GIGABYTE chose not to include any BIOS-based auto-tuning features with this board. However, I was able to stabilize the boards at a 103MHz base clock with a 4.12GHz CPU speed and memory running at 2200MHz. while this may not sound impress initially, keep in mind that the board only has a total of two voltage-related settings - Internal CPU PLL Overvoltage (which is an enable/disable setting only) and DRAM voltage. Given those facts, the overclocking ability of this board becomes much more impressive because the overclock obtained was done using default voltage settings with the exception of the memory voltage. System stability was tested over a 10 hour period with LinX running for 500 loops with Memory set to All and FurMark running at 1280x1024 resolution and 2x MSAA in stress test mode.

View Full Size

View Full Size

M.I.T. tab, Advanced Frequency Settings page

  • CPU/PCIe Base Clock - 103.0
  • CPU Clock Ratio - 40
  • System Memory Multiplier - 21.33

M.I.T. tab, Advanced Frequency Settings page, Advanced CPU Core Features page

  • Internal CPU PLL Overvoltage - Enabled
  • Intel(R) Turbo Boost Technology - Disabled

M.I.T. tab, Advanced Memory Settings page, Channel A/B Timing Settings

  • CAS Latency - 11
  • tRCD - 11
  • tRP - 11
  • tRAS - 30
  • Command Rate (tCMD) - Auto
April 22, 2013 | 09:03 AM - 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 | 06:24 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 | 09:49 AM - 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 23, 2013 | 09:45 PM - 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 | 08:55 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!

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote><p><br>
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.

More information about formatting options

By submitting this form, you accept the Mollom privacy policy.