Gigabyte’s mini-ITX H67 board sports dual HDMI

The ideal HTPC board?

WE’D ALMOST FORGOTTEN about this one, but we scored some pictures of Gigabyte’s final revision of the GA-H67N-USB3 mini-ITX board which have been fitted with the same style heatsink as its other H67 and P67 boards. It’s also the first H67 board we’ve seen that sports twin HDMI ports, making for some interesting usage scenarios.

So what we have here is Gigabyte’s take on a mini-ITX for Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors and although it might not be the most feature packed board we’ve seen to date, it has enough features to keep most users happy. Gigabyte has gone for a pair of full-size DIMMs and the board has a x16 PCI Express slot just in case. There are two SATA 6Gbps and two SATA 3Gbps ports available as well as two pin headers for up to four USB 2.0 ports.

The interesting part is around the back, where Gigabyte has fitted a pair of HDMI ports in favour of an HDMI and a DVI port, or even a DisplayPort connector. HDMI is of course compatible with DVI via an adaptor, so even if you want to use a DVI display, that’s not really an issue. We can see this board being quite popular in some non-consumer vertical markets where two HDMI displays are being used that needs to be able to display different things. It could also be an interesting option for various HTPC implementations, especially as Intel now support decoding of two HD video streams simultaneously.

The rest of the ports consist of a D-sub connector, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port and 7.1-channel audio jacks with optical and coaxial S/PDIF out. Overall this looks like a nice little board, although we’ll have to wait for an official announcement to see how much it’ll retail for. We don’t know when Gigabyte is planning in launching the H67N-USB3, but judging by the final looks of the board, it can’t be too far away.S|A

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