As with all motherboard using the H370 chipset, the H370N is designed to work with Intel’s 8th Generation Processor and therefore uses socket LGA 1151. Unlike other solutions, this board features only a single heatsink over the VRMs and takes advantage of fewer digital phase – 6+1. On the upper-edge we have a single 8-pin connector for CPU power. Dotted around the board there are black solid CAPs for extended durability.
All three fan headers on this motherboard sit at the top and they include a designated header for CPU fan. This is obviously much fewer than we’d get on a full fat ATX solution and since we don’t receive an adapter for expanding the headers on the board, we are left with just two headers once the CPU fan is used up.
Memory support arrives in the form of dual-channel DDR4 but just two DIMM slots – up to 32GB and DDR4 2666/2400/2133MHz.
The memory slots have been given some reinforcement via steel covers.
Also located in this area we have USB 2.0, USB 3.0 headers and four SATA 3 (6GB/s) ports. This should be more than sufficient for most users who opt for SATA-based SSD or mechanical storage.
GIGABYTE has included a single RGBW header for lighting strips and to make use of RGB Fusion software.
Size is an obvious limitation for H370N and therefore we have just a single PCI Express slot which is wired for 16 lanes. GIGABYTE has given this the “Ultra Durable” treatment to enhance the experience for larger, heavier graphics cards.
The H370 Express chipset sits underneath a small heatsink which oddly enough sits in the pathway of an M.2 slot – this doesn’t appear to be a sensible idea, given that M.2 SSDs are known to generate heat and rely on optimal case airflow. This M.2 slot supports NVMe technology and Intel Optane Memory.
In the bottom-left of the motherboard, there is a condense arrangement of audio CAPs which are isolated with a tracer line to prevent electrical interference. The beating heart of the audio solution is Realtec ALC1220.
In a completely new design concept, we see GIGABYTE has utilised space on the reverse of the motherboard to accommodate a secondary M.2 slot.
Casting an eye over the back panel, there are quite an assortment of options to choose from for connectivity. Available here we have:
2x USB 3.0 ports
2x HDMI 2.0 ports
1x DisplayPort 1.4
2x Gigabit LAN via Intel i219-V + i211 controller
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C port
2x USB 3.0 ports
2x WiFi Antennas
3x Audio jacks
We’re glad to see GIGABYTE omitting USB 2.0 in favour of USB 3.0 on this motherboard – something which has been avoided on many B360 models. This back panels supplies plenty of network, video out and USB functionality.