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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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GA-Z97X-Gaming G1

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Onboard Creative Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio processor
  • AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • Dual DAC-UP USB ports
  • Gold plated display and audio ports
  • High end Nichicon audio capacitors
  • Killer™ E2200 and Intel gaming networking
  • Extreme gaming 4-way graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
G1™ Gaming Motherboards

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GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio™ Technology

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE exclusive AMP-UP Audio Technology, which provides the industry's highest level of onboard audio features and technologies. With GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, gamers and audiophiles are able to experience crisp, ultra realistic sound effects while gaming, and the richest possible sound experience when listening to their favorite music and movies.

How does GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio™ Technology work?

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GIGABYTE Direct Audio Route Design

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  • Shortest route, no wasted trace.
  • Less crosstalk & less EMI.
  • AMP positioned close to audio jack for lowest noise.
  • Better signal quality and better audio quality.

The shortest route is always the best for audio signals.

The GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ Gaming motherboards feature the shortest audio communication paths between each critical component, from chipset to audio jack. This reduces the crosstalk along the way, and the very close proximity of the AMP to the audio jack directly results in lower noise disturbance. With this high quality audio design, GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards are able to bring users better signal quality for the absolute best audio experience.

GIGABYTE Exclusive : Upgradable OP-AMP
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  • + Users can choose audio quality based on individual listening preferences.
  • + Wide availability of additional OP-AMPs.

Low Cost way to dramatically improve audio quality

  • + Improve audio dynamics and overall sound-quality with little cost.
  • + No need for expensive speakers or high-end audio equipment.
GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Exclusive onboard 'Gain Boost' selector switches

  • + Select either standard 2.5x or high-amplification 6x mode.
  • + 6x mode is ideal for high impedance speakers and headphones
Well Known Hi-Fi class OP-AMP : TI Burr Brown OPA2134
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Combining world's first Quad-Core Creative Sound Core3D Audio Processor Plus Advanced Creative SBX PROSTUDIO Audio Suite.

  • + Harnessing the power of a Dedicated Audio Processor to offload workload from CPU
  • + Total solution from Creative (Hardware +Software)
  • + Richer overall audio experience
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GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 Creative SBX Pro Studio Audio Suite

SBX Pro Studio™ suite of audio playback technologies deliver a new level of audio immersion. Realistic surround sound, the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in a gaming environment are just a few elements of SBX Pro Studio that enhances the overall experience, be it movies, games or music.

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High End Audio Capacitors

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GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards use high end, Japanese branded Nichicon audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.

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Gold Plated Audio Hardware

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GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards pack top quality gold plated audio and HDMI connectors for improved connectivity and long lasting durability. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Creative Sound Core3D™ processor is also shielded by a gold plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

Dual DAC-UP USB Ports

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Featuring dual USB 2.0 ports, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.

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Dedicated Audio Hardware Zone

  • + Separation on the PCB layer protects the board's sensitive analog audio components.
  • + Separate analog and digital ground to protect against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).
  • + LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.
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Locating the right and left audio channels on separate PCB layers, GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ gaming motherboards are able to eliminate channel crosstalk and maintain the best audio quality.

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Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network


GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions.

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G1™ Permance

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GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 Extreme Multi-GPU Support

Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either 4-Way CrossFire™ or 4-Way SLI™ action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 SATA Express Connector

GIGABYTE motherboards feature an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won't bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.

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GIGABYTE App Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities

GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.

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GIGABYTE EasyTune™ App

GIGABYTE's EasyTune™ is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

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GIGABYTE Cloud Station™ APP

GIGABYTE Cloud Station™ is composed of several GIGABYTE's unique apps that allow your smart phones/tablet device to communicate, share resources, and control desktop PCs via wireless connection.

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G1™ Looks

All New Heat Sink Design

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GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 4K Ultra HD Support

4K resolution is the next technological milestone in high-definition content delivery, utilizing approximately 4,000 pixels on the horizontal axis, more than four times today's standard HD pixel density. GIGABYTE motherboards provide native 4K support with integrated Intel® HD Graphics via HDMI.

GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 HDMI™-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s video transmitting bandwidth and 8-channel high quality audio all through a single cable. Able to transmit superior, uncompressed digital video and audio, HDMI™ ensures the crispest rendering of digital content up to 1080p without the quality losses associated with analog interfaces and their digital-to-analog conversion. In addition, HDMI™ is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection), allowing the playback of Blu-ray/HD DVD and other protected media content.

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Many of today's 3rd party water cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.

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10K Durable Black™ Solid Caps

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for a guaranteed minimum of 10K hours. Not only do they provide ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, they also come in customized jet black from Nippon Chemi-Con and Nichicon.

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5x (15µ) Gold Plated CPU Socket Design

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards come equipped with a gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.

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GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 Game Controller

GIGABYTE Game Controller allows you to define your own hotkeys and change the mouse sensitivity, helping you make the most out of your keyboard and mouse in games.

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Hot Key:
Create macro commands and define your own hotkeys to quickly perform the function your want.
*Create the hotkeys by yourself on normal keyboard.

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Using the Sniper key you can switch the mouse sensitivity when you are in sniper mode for better sniper accuracy.

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Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming G1

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years

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  • Justin H.
  • 5/31/2015 11:38:25 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsboard broke after 3 months

Pros: 4 way sli overclocks great sound quality great build quality looks good with the eye no telling wats going on at the circuit level

Cons: board broke after 3 months pretty insane

Other Thoughts: board would not power on one morning with no reason why it wouldn't no power going to the board tested power supply on another board worked perfectly was the board in general

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 122737 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Charles B.
  • 4/28/2015 9:02:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrific Experience

Pros: This board was great when it actually worked.

Cons: I had this board for a 10 months it started having issues around 7 months in. When I would turn my pc on from time to time it would restart multiple times and the board gave multiple error codes. Eventually it came to the point where it couldn't ever boot back up and make it past post.

Other Thoughts: I understand hardware failure can happen to anyone which is why I sent in a RMA ticket to Gigabyte. I was accepted 2 days later packed it up paid for shipping and sent it in. Only to have it sent back still broken and in a Gigabyte Z97X G7 case with someone elses Reference number on it.. After multiple hardware tests again like I had done before I decided to call customer support at Gigabyte. I must admit I was angry with the result and they eventually said they would send a replacement. I received an email with the tracking number saying it was going here to my address which I then found out later was issued to another RMA number which wasn't actually going to my address. Gigabyte makes decent mobos in my opinion but for RMA purposes I would not recommend purchasing products like this... The customer support was awful and is continuing to be even worse. So basically I bought a board it had issues within 7 months time, I RMA it back and they send it back with mixed up RMA number and not even repaired. I call deal with customer support, yep it is on its way they say and only to find out with another RMA number and incorrect address... Spare yourself from this terrible company and go with ASUS or MSI they are much better to deal with if you have an issue. I will never personally buy another Gigabyte product again nor recommend it to anyone else. My issue still has not been resolved with Gigabyte..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 121787 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • David J.
  • 2/22/2015 11:29:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy!!!

Pros: Looks Great!

Cons: I purchased this motherboard on 2/4/2015 and have been plagued with problems with it. Not a single PCI Express 3.0 slot works. Gigabyte tech support continues to blame my PSU. I have told them that it is not my PSU. I have a working EVGA SuperNova 850 G2. I have also tested a separate EVGA SuperNova 1600 P2 with my system. Same problem. Onboard graphics works, just will not detect any of the (4) GPU's I've put in it. I have the latest BIOS installed.

I am still waiting on an RMA from Gigabyte, but in actuality I wish I could get a refund. I understand that sometimes a bad board makes it's way out, but spending nearly $300 for a board and then another $30 to RMA it and then get a "repaired" board doesn't seem right.

Buyer beware!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 119518 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.


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  • Lonnie W.
  • 1/9/2015 10:15:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs**Onboard Sound Update**

Pros: Easy setup
True dedicated sound-processor; does not tax the CPU for processing
EMI shielded
Fantastic sound... I am serious.
Straightforward software installation and tweaks for sound enhancements

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My SB Z could not handle EMI (or other) from my SLI'd 970s, so I had to go with the Recon3Di onboard sound... I was not very pleased with having to do this, that was until I got everything set up running through my already present Corsair SP-2500s.

The SB software that comes with the mobo install-disc, is nearly identical to the Z's, making setup a breeze. I ran my iTunes, playing tracks ranging from R&B to Classical to Classic Rock to Metal and the imaging, overall sound, depth and clarity was well, quite unexpected and shockingly incredible! Gaming audio performance, same-same.

In short, if you buy this board and don't currently have a sound card, save yourself the money and give the onboard sound a shot first.

I've been using dedicated sound cards for 18 years (six various models/makes) and this is the first time (as crazy as it "sounds") that I am sticking with a mobo sound solution.

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  • Jose S.
  • 1/5/2015 9:41:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Motherboard

Pros: Owned this motherboard for a few months now and I can say it is very stable and incredibly stable and versatile.

- Plenty of USB 3.0 ports and expansion for 6 more 2.0 ports for your legacy devices.

-thanks to the PLX chip you can enjoy dual x16 gen3 bandwidth of dual x16, triple at 8x16x8 or quad at x8. Excellent headroom for future upgrades.

-Runs XPM profile without a hassle. Overclocked my Corsair ram to its specs of 2400Mhz in a second.

-Can handle a lot of overclocking stress testing and abuse without and damage to any components. Currently running a stable overclock of an i5 4670K@ 4.5Ghz after a 24hours stress test confirmed stability.

- The motherboard layout is well thought out and spaced out for excellent configuration of your peripherals. The aesthetics of the isolated audio PCB (illuminated red) looks sharp.

-future proof for future graphics card and Gen5 cpu upgrades and SATA express. Also comes with a handsome amount of SATA cables for your hard drive installation.

Cons: -Not a fan of the new UEFI BIOS layout. I use the legacy one still. Wish it was more customizable.

-Couldn't get the RAID0 array to work in the UEFI RAID controller. Had to use the legacy controller to get it to work properly.

Other Thoughts: Overall pleased. Hope Gigabyte can mix up the colors of future designs to not reflect the current red and black trends everyone is sheepishly adopting.

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  • Lonnie W.
  • 10/27/2014 11:38:11 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate-Passalong Info

Pros: See other thoughts...

Cons: ZERO

Other Thoughts: For those having issues with: high temps, high-voltage and OC problems , be sure to update the BIOS to version F6 via the Gigabyte App Center. Very easy process and takes only minutes to do.

After doing this, my PCH idle temp dropped from 46*C to 42*C and helped my CPU voltage drop to 1.192v @ 4.4 GHz, which I'm leaving at for the time being. I then tested the system @ 4.8 GHz OC @ 1.298v with a reading of 26*C idle temp!!I love this board!

NOTE: Have not tried the onboard sound, as I have the Soundblaster Z PCI-e soundcard. So, I cannot provide any input on this one.

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  • Lonnie W.
  • 10/26/2014 1:55:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mootherboard!

Pros: Easy board install
Easy Bios Navigation
Easy component connections
Easy to OC (I mean easy)
Simple OC/Monitoring Software
Can run 2 GPUs SLI or X-Fire (at x16) thanks to PLX chip

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: My Rig:
Giga GA-Z97X G1 motherboard
i7-4790K w/mild OC to 4.4 GHz (for now) but has held @4.8 no problem (new purchase as well and am taking baby-steps)
WD-1TB 128Mb cache OS H/D
WD-3TB 128Mb cache Storage H/D
Windows 8.1
16 GB G. SKill Trident 2400 C10 running at 1T
Corsair H-105 (pump connected to PSU 12v/fans to m/b header running in "normal mode"--CPU idle temp 21*C) as an intake setup at the top of my case
Thermaltake Spedo Advance Case, minus side window fan; all other fans installed
MSI Gaming GTX 760 4GB OC Twin Frozr
Asus VG278HE 27" 144Hz monitor

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  • Garrett A.
  • 7/27/2014 8:11:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: I put it in my computer and it worked great.

Cons: I tried to overclock the CPU using the Gigabyte software but it didn't work. That's okay I'm not an over clocker anyway.

Other Thoughts: I really thought I'd be busy with the computer all weekend resetting up Windows 8.1 and reinstalling all my software, and I didn't have to. I put in the new mobo, CPU, and RAM and Windows started right up, all I had to do was reactivate, and change the system drivers and I was done. I don't know if this was Windows or the mobo but I'm happy.

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  • Arthur D.
  • 7/23/2014 7:53:19 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGET THIS BOARD

Pros: This , or the "BLACK" pre-tested version. Gigabyte outdid's beautiful and you want for nothing in a Z97 board. Beyond this I'll simply be redundant!

Cons: thing..not really a con but you need to read. If you use HDMI video...ummm...strange issue with onboard Creative sound, as in the two cannot coexist without some tweaking. At least in my case. I have a ticket in at GByte right now... BUT there are plenty of work arounds!

Other Thoughts: Price , performance, and just an all around great board if this is the time for your next jump up. Get the "black" version if you want the WIFI and 168 hours of pre-testing. For me, this version is working fine! Try one!

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  • Peter L.
  • 7/3/2014 5:48:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte Gaming G1 SLI performance

Pros: This will be a short review focusing on how the Gigabyte Gaming G1 performs in 2- and 3-way SLI (since its multi-GPU capability is one of the main reasons to buy this board). GTX 670s were the cards I tested with..

I used ASUS GPU Tweak to set fans at 100% (see Other Thoughts below for reason), core clocks at 1163MHz and memory at 1512 MHz. My 4790K CPU was at a mild OC of 4.6GHz on air.


Unigine Valley
2-way SLI - FPS 89.8, Score 3757, Min FPS 36.7, Max FPS 160.4
3-way SLI - FPS 112.7, Score 4714, Min FPS 39.5, Max FPS 183.4

Firestrike Demo:
2-way SLI - 11516
3-way SLI - 14073

Catzilla: I only have the 3-way SLI score for this (720p test) - 34802 (63rd out of over 7000 at time of writing, but to be fair this includes all configurations from integrated graphics to 4-way xfire/SLI)

Cons: Not really the motherboard's fault due to ATX space constraints, but as I noted in my first review, wide graphics cards, especially my ASUS DirectCu II cards with backplate and large fan shroud, are a problem to keep cool in 3-way or 4-way SLI due to crowding. Reference cards or water-cooled would be better.

Other Thoughts: Since my ASUS cards are so wide they almost touch my MSI GTX 670 PE in the middle slot, I rigged two case fans to blow cool air between the cards, and this plus fans at 100% kept temperatures stable in the mid to high 70s at full load.
Unlike my first review on 6/27/2014, I was able to get 3-way SLI functioning properly this time due to the extra cooling.

With my jury-rigged cooling setup, 3-way SLI gave reasonable scaling in the benchmarks above. Games vary in their ability to handle SLI, and until I upgrade my cards, and possibly add water-cooling, I'll be sticking to 2-way SLI in my gaming rig.
However, I was impressed once more with the Gaming G1's stability. I experienced no glitches of any kind, so my rating stands at 5 eggs.

Note: This is an EggXpert review of a board supplied by Newegg.

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