Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Why You'll Dig it:

THE GA-Z77N-WIFI is a Mini-ITX motherboard with a packed specification. It’s a socket LGA1155 board, so it works with both Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors, but if you’re buying an up-to-date Z77 Express chipset you should really get one of Intel’s latest chips.

At the rear are four USB and two USB3 ports, and there’s a USB3 header on the board, so you can either connect the front panel USB3 ports in a compatible case or use a bracket to add USB3 ports to the rear.

You also get two HDMI and a DVI output to take advantage of Ivy Bridge processors’ integrated graphics, but you can only run two monitors at once. If you want a three-monitor setup, or you want to play games at higher resolutions, you’ll need to plug a graphics card into the spare PCI Express x16 slot.

There’s not much room on the 170x170mm board’s surface for expansion slots; the PCI-E x16 slot is all you get. However, the board has pretty much everything you need built in. There’s 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Intel’s WiDi wireless display technology, and the sound chipset gives you an optical S/PDIF output and 7.1 surround sound. The two memory slots hold a maximum of 16GB of RAM, and you’re well served for storage, with two SATA3 and two SATA2 ports, plus support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10.

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It’s expensive, but the GA-Z77N-WiFi has the performance and specification to match its price. If you want a tiny PC but don’t want to scrimp on features, it’s a great buy.

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Product Details and Features

CHIPSET Intel Z77 Express/Intel Z77 Express
MEMORY SLOTS 2x DDR3 800, 1066, 1333, 1600
EXPANSION 1x PCI Express x16 slots, 2x SATA2 ports, 2x SATA3 ports
WARRANTY Three-year RTB warranty

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