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Gigabyte Z370N WiFi: An ITX motherboard loaded with features
By John Law - 19 Dec 2017
Launch SRP: RM809

Performance Benchmarks and Conclusion

Performance benchmarks

To test the motherboard, we used the following components in our testbed:

  • Intel Core i5-8600K
  • G.SKILL Trident Z 16GB DDR4-3000MHz
  • Plextor M6S (128GB)
  • WD Black (6TB)
  • Palit GameRock Premium Edition GTX 1080

If you’re wondering about our choice of processor for our test: the CPU was provided alongside the motherboard.

That aside, we did manage to overclock this 6-core, 6-thread CPU’s default boost clock speed from 4.3GHz to 4.5GHz without any issue. Again, the focus of this review isn’t so much on the CPU’s performance, but on the motherboard itself.

As per our testing methodology, we used the following benchmarks:

  • Cinebench R15
  • PCMark 10 Extended
  • PCMark 8 (Home and Creative Accelerated)
  • 3DMark (2013) (Physics and CPU Test)

As you can see from the images provided, the Z370N WiFi is clearly no slouch, capable of helping the Core i5-8600K achieve some pretty high performance numbers, especially in PCMark 8’s Creative Accelerated test.

On Cinebench, the multi-core CPU test fluctuated between 1,000 and 1,033 points, but as the overclocking enthusiasts among our readers know, that number can go much higher, especially when you remember that this is a Z370 chipset motherboard.

 

Conclusion

We don’t get to test ITX motherboards as often as we’d like, but it’s safe to say that Gigabyte’s Z370N WiFi is impressive. Again, it’s quite surprising how Gigabyte managed to cram dual LAN ports and a Wi-Fi module into this tiny PCB.

It’s a good way of making the most out of the limited space too, seeing how it can’t house as many I/O ports in the rear as a standard ATX motherboard.

On that note, it’s also incredible that Gigabyte found a way to give users the option of running a RAID 0 configuration via the dual PCIe NVMe Gen3 x4 M.2 SSD slots on the motherboard.

As we mentioned at the beginning of this article, if you’re looking for an ITX motherboard that’s loaded with features and some overclocking potential, then this is the board for you.

8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Value 8.5
The Good
Sturdy build
Overclockable
Has both Dual LAN ports and Wi-Fi connectivity
Dual PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD slots for ultra-fast storage
The Bad
ITX form factor limits expansion options
Limited rear I/O ports
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