Gigabyte GA-Z87N-WIFI Haswell Mini-ITX Motherboard

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Given the size of the mini-ITX form factor, layout really isn't important as long as there are no glaring interference issues. As they typically aren't installed in tower cases and there's so little space on the PCB, the ATX paradigm gets thrown out the window. The Z87N-WIFI's layout is similar to Gigabyte's other mini-ITX models with the CPU socket on the bottom half of the board and most of the peripherals and connectors located in the upper portion.

There's a single PCI-E 16x slot on the bottom, a pair of DDR3 slots on the right side, and four SATA 6 Gbps ports and a wireless adapter near the top edge.

The Z87N-WIFI uses the same tiny PCH heatsink as the H77N-WIFI.

It's also equipped with the same half-sized mini PCI-E 802.11n/Bluetooth adapter, the Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230. Unfortunately if you want to swap this out, you can't use a full-sized card due to interference issues.

The antenna is the same one from the F2A85XN-WIFI, a plastic model that can rotate in a 180 degree arc and is attached to a magnetic base. The cables are 75 cm long.

The capacitors and inductors are arrayed in an orderly manner around the CPU socket. The board uses a 4-phase power regulation scheme.

Notable rear ports include a pair of gigabit ethernet and HDMI ports. There is also one DVI-I, one S/PDIF, and four USB 3.0 connectors.

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