Monday, June 2nd 2014

Gigabyte Shows off its First Mini-ITX Gaming Series Motherboard

Gigabyte's G1.Gamer line of motherboards are notorious for overlooking the mini-ITX form-factor. The company made up for that by unveiling the Z97N-Gaming 5, a feature-packed socket LGA1150 mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel Z97 Express motherboard, ready for Intel's Core "Devil's Canyon" enthusiast processors. The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a 6-phase CPU VRM. Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and an mPCIe 2.0 x1. It lacks SATA-Express and M.2 due to its limited PCB real-estate, but still offers five SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Realtek ALC1150 HD audio (115 dBA SNR), and Broadcom Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet are star attractions. Also featured is a WLAN board supporting 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0.
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3 Comments on Gigabyte Shows off its First Mini-ITX Gaming Series Motherboard

#1
sgtspiff
Still don't understand why ITX boards lacks M.2?

It's the only boards imho that really needs M.2 to keep the case from being clogged by cables.
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lZKoce
sgtspiff said:
Still don't understand why ITX boards lacks M.2?

It's the only boards imho that really needs M.2 to keep the case from being clogged by cables.
I don't count it as a con. You might be a target client, but I don't have the resource to shell for a M.2 SSD. And ITX cases are small, but not THAT small you can fit in a 2.5' one. With some planning, cable clutter is not that big of a deal. On a side note, I 1st read the title: Gigabyte shows off its first THIN gaming series- and I was like- that is SO cool :D But hey this is one is pretty sweet too :)
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#3
Jizzler
They can't use it as an excuse when others have M.2 ports on ITX, up to 80mm even. Since they exists, sorry Gigabyte, I can't even consider your board for purchase.
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