It’s hard to believe that the Ryzen 7 launch was three months ago but with the Ryzen 5 launch and the recently Intel launch, things have just been crazy. During that time though I have been constantly on the lookout for ITX boards. AMD spoke about their X300 and A300 chipsets at the Ryzen 7 launch but things have been suspiciously quiet about them for the last few months but a few motherboard manufacturers have been working on their own ITX AM4 boards using the X370 or B350 chipsets. Gigabyte has finished up their variation and it came in late last week. I immediately started in on testing to see just how feasible Ryzen is in ITX. So let's take a closer look at the Gigabyte AB350N Gaming WiFi and then see how it performs!

Product Name: Gigabyte AB350N Gaming WiFi

Review Sample Provided by: Gigabyte

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

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Specifications

CPU

AM4 Socket:

AMD Ryzen™ processor

AMD 7th Generation A-series/ Athlon™ processor

(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)

Chipset

AMD B350

Memory

2 x DDR4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory

Dual channel memory architecture

Support for DDR4 3200(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2667*/2400/2133 MHz memory modules

* Support for higher than DDR4 2667 MHz may vary by CPU.

Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules

Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules

Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor:

1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz

* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24 Hz

* Support for HDMI 1.4 version.

Maximum shared memory of 2 GB

* Actual support may vary by CPU.

Audio

Realtek® ALC1220 codec

High Definition Audio

2/4/5.1/7.1-channel

Support for S/PDIF Out

LAN

Realtek® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)

Wireless Communication module

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band

BLUETOOTH 4.2, 4.1, BLE, 4.0, 3.0, 2.1, 2.1+EDR

Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 433 Mbps data rate

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16

(The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

1 x M.2 Socket 1 connector for the wireless communication module (M2_WIFI)

Storage Interface

1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector on the back of the motherboard (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280 SATA and PCIe x4*/x2 SSD support)

* Actual support may vary by CPU.

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10

USB

Chipset:

  1. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
  2. 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports available through the internal USB header
  3. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Integrated in the CPU:

  1. 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports on the back panel

Internal I/O Connectors

1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

1 x CPU fan header

1 x system fan header

4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

1 x M.2 Socket 3 connector on the back of the motherboard

1 x front panel header

1 x front panel audio header

1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 header

1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header

1 x CPU cooler LED strip/RGB LED strip extension cable header

1 x RGB (RGBW) LED strip extension cable header

1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header

1 x S/PDIF Out header

1 x speaker header

1 x Clear CMOS jumper

1 x chassis intrusion header

Back Panel Connectors

1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port

2 x SMA antenna connectors

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI port

2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)

4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports

1 x RJ-45 port

6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)

I/O Controller

iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

Voltage detection

Temperature detection

Fan speed detection

Overheating warning

Fan fail warning

Fan speed control

BIOS

1 x 128 Mbit flash

Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS

PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Unique Features

Support for APP Center

@BIOS

3D OSD

RGB Fusion

AutoGreen

BIOS Setup

Cloud Station

Color Temperature

EasyTune

Fast Boot

Game Boost

ON/OFF Charge

Smart Backup

Smart Keyboard

Smart TimeLock

System Information Viewer

USB Blocker

V-Tuner

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Xpress Install

Bundle Software

Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)

cFosSpeed

Operating System

Support for Windows 10 64-bit

Support for Windows 7 64-bit

Form Factor

Mini-ITX Form Factor; 17.0cm x 17.0cm

 

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Deb0 replied the topic: #38382 26 Jun 2017 22:53
Seems like the AM4 socket real estate is the biggest issue with the board, pushing the the SATA and the ATX 24 pin into a weird spot (though depending on what ITX case you choose the positioning might actually be fore the best). Interesting choice to keep the Intel wireless from the Z170N/270N boards but change out the Intel Gbe wired connection for something Realtek and ingore the Type-C completely.

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