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

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3300(OC)/3200(OC)
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Overclock like a pro with the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC Force motherboard.

Based on the latest Intel Z97 Express chipset, the GA-Z97X-SOC Force works nicely with Intel Core ix and Pentium/Celeron processors in an LGA 1150 packaging. The top-notch build, including a precise CPU power design, durable black solid caps, gold-plated CPU socket, two copper PCBs, and an efficient heatsink design, ensure the legendary durability and stability you expect from Gigabyte. Aimed at overclocking enthusiasts demanding unlimited OC capability, this motherboard features a host of unique OC features that facilitate hardware tweaking and system setting, allowing both novices and veterans to overclock with ease and convenience. This motherboard also incorporates the latest SATA Express transfer technology, exclusive high-end audio features, advanced gaming networking, and scalable multi video cards support, making it the ultimate foundation for your next powerhouse.

  • newegg OC Ignition OC Ignition maintains power to the motherboard and connected components while the system is shut down. This means that system fans will continue to provide airflow in cold bug situations, while i-ram drive users will not lose installed data. OC Ignition also allows users to pre-test water cooling setups, and allows case mod demonstrations without having to turn on the PC.
  • newegg OC DIMM and OC PCIe Switch The OC DIMM Switch allows users to manually turn on or off each channel of installed memory DIMMs, so you can effortlessly disable memory DIMMs from the system without the hassle of physically removing them. With the OC PCIe Switch, overclockers can manually turn on or off each installed PCIe lane of the motherboard, so you can disable individual graphics cards without physically removing them. This is especially useful when overclocking on LN2 and water-cooled systems.
  • newegg OC Brace The OC Brace allows extreme overclockers and system testers to safely install up to four graphics cards in an open case or test bed, without risking PCIe slot damage or preventing cards not showing up in the OS due to poor contact with PCIe slot. The OC Brace is a simple and elegant way to give robust installation support to full-sized graphics cards in extreme multi-GPU configurations.
  • newegg OC PEG The OC PEG adds auxiliary power to the PCIe slots of your motherboard, improving system stability in extreme configurations. This is especially useful in power-hungry four-way graphics configurations.
  • newegg OC Connect The OC Connect positions two USB connectors on the near side of the motherboard facing the overclocker. This makes it easier to save data, flash the BIOS, or install software in open bench testing platforms, whether for extreme overclocking or simply pretesting the PC before final component installation inside a case scenarios where accessing the rear panel I/O can be an inconvenience.
  • newegg 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Raymond M.
  • 1/11/2015 4:35:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood board overall, but some serious drawbacks also

Pros: •4 full size PCI-Express slots
•Good On-Board Audio (no audible noise with decent speaker, due to high SNR)
•lots of fan connectors (but, see con below)
•pretty HD-BIOS, but you need to go to classic BIOS mode for some settings
•useful on-board buttons (even for non-overclockers - not having to short pins to reset stuff is nice)

Cons: •default BIOS applies way too much voltage at stock settings
•CPU is too close to first PCI-E slot to use the best air heatsinks on the CPU
•location of PCI-E x1 slot renders it useless with any decent GPU
•bad placement of SATA connectors - a large GPU will cover them
•fan controller is kinda bad - it can't control non-PWM fans (a downgrade from previous fan controllers) and manual BIOS fan control isn't easy to understand. On top of that, SpeedFan can't seem to see/control the fans
•Gigabyte's software is notoriously buggy

Other Thoughts: Be sure to update your BIOS ASAP if you get this board, before it fries your CPU. If you don't need 4 PCI-E slots, there are better boards in this price range. Because of the bad fan controller and layout of this board, I can't recommend it.

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  • Michael G.
  • 12/22/2014 10:31:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: very good oc mobo love all the buttons for my bench case low mhz switch to get into windows with high oc. this mob with rajintek triton is running my i7 4790k at 1.35 volts and 4.8ghz might could gets volts lower but highest temp ive seen is 74c with p95. will by new models when released.

Cons: none

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  • Matthew L.
  • 11/27/2014 8:46:08 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed After 6mo

Pros: usb port count. pci slots are nice to have.

Cons: sata connectors too close to where video card extends. failed after 6 mo of usage.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 116489 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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  • Anonymous
  • 9/9/2014 8:24:08 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Mobo

Pros: This is an overall great mobo especially for over clocking on Devils Canyon chips (4.7 @ 1.28vcore). noticing others having issues with linux, i have loaded Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Mint 17 with no issues. also have w8.1 loaded on another drie. the on board usb's are a life save when you want to jump from BiOs to BiOs

Cons: havent had any issues yet, but im sure like every electronic component i own itll have its own bugs.

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  • Vigasan G.
  • 9/4/2014 4:26:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas good for 3 months.

Pros: Was good for about 3 months

Cons: The first board I got was DoA but newegg was good about it and sent me a new one. The new one worked for three months and now it has the same problem the first one did. It wont start up and all that happens is that the power led on the board flashes on and off. I've already troubleshooted with someone from gigabyte over the phone so now I have to file a ticket. Save yourself some time and get a different board. I wish I had got the Formula or the Hero.

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  • Ly N.
  • 8/26/2014 1:35:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDishonest Company

Pros: none

Cons: Do not buy this product. I have turned in my RMA and they did something to it and made false statements in order avoid the warranty.

DO NOT BUY GIGABYTE.

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  • Robert H.
  • 7/5/2014 2:54:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid board

Pros: Great board, bios is easily navigated even for a novice user. I was able to overclock rather easily, though I didn't feel it was necessary so I downclocked it back down. There are some cons, but none worthy of docking an egg as they are specifications

Cons: Only 1 USB 2.0 in port. Needed to plug both my pump AND case USB ports into this. They inexplicably put 2 usb ports on the motherboard also. They weren't useful to me. Also no M.2 interface.

Other Thoughts: In hindsight, I probably would've preferred to splurge on the "right" board, but this one is good nonetheless and not worthy of docking any eggs. Everything was in specifications, and I just wanted a good deal, so I got what I paid for. Bios options/interface are really awesome though.

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  • MIKE A.
  • 6/26/2014 11:51:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsAppend to 6/20 review

Pros: All the spec's - you read 'em..
Boots in 15 sec with SSD, 16GB RAM, Win8.1 and default bios settings.

Cons: - Won't work with WinXP.
- Won't work with Linux

Other Thoughts: - First off, Kudos for actually posting my prior review. It took 5 days, but got past the screeners. Congrats for being transparent and balanced Newegg..

- If you want Linux to work with this, you'll have to wait until,,,,, who knows? Someone other than Gigabyte creates drivers in order to get audio or Ethernet.

- If you want XP to work with this, well,,, don't hold your breath. Gigabyte has no plans in this regard.

- All I ask is that Newegg or Gigabyte put something in the specs about this so someone doesn't make an uninformed decision.

- FORCED to buy WinSomething, so, bought Win8.1 and it works great. Had to abandon everything!! Evvveerething!!! Anything below Office 2007 will not work (with Win8.1). Gotta crank through a new, foreign OS..

- Suggestion here, for those in my position, start looking for free software replacement; ie: OpenOffice for all of the MS stuff that doesn't work anymore. SourceForge makes decent quality freeware for many of the legacy software packages that this mobo forces into retirement (by proxy)..

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/26/2014 8:54:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing Board with great features.

Pros: After hooking this motherboard up with a 4790 K series processor it has been nothing but amazing. So many things you can change on this motherboard to fine tune and get the most out of your CPU, graphics card, and other accessories

Cons: nothing

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  • MIKE A.
  • 6/20/2014 11:54:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHey Everybody!! Really???

Pros: All kinds of pros - they're right there in the specs.

Cons: Oh for the love of all that is sacred!! Really?!?! Not a single mention in the specs, OR from anyone else, regarding what this mobo DOES NOT SUPPORT?? C'mon!!

I just spent $800.00 on this, CPU, RAM and a case to freaking find out that you won't make drivers for WinXP or Linux?? Now I gotta go buy Vista, Win7 or Win8 and all new Applications too?? Yes, I have WinXP because it doesn't suck with the proper maintenance and applications running on it - it's old, so what? I've got alot invested and was working just fine until I started losing caps on my geriatric mobo. My Ubuntu 10.4 or 12.4 aint gonna work either. Had a fine working triple boot system and figured "this will just make it all faster and better - why repair the old mobo?".. Well, now I know...

HOW ABOUT A FREAKING MENTION IN THE SPECs. MAN!!

For WinXP, you will have to run the system in IDE mode (this is NOT the default) unless you download AHCI drivers from somewhere for the proper chipset and slip them in with the old "F6" (gonna need a USB floppy) during the Windows install, just to find, that when you're done you won't be getting on the Internet because the "KILLER" Ethernet adapter most certainly wont work natively and they don't have any legacy drivers (Win7 and Vista excepted). Perhaps you can install your old PCI/PCI Express PCB's, if you had some, and make things work through there - but then, why would you get a new mobo if you're not gonna use it.

Linux wont have the AHCI issue, mine didn't, but no drivers also means no getting on the Internet here either - no audio, and no everything else they're not supplying drivers for.

Other Thoughts: If you DO load Ubuntu on this, you may find that if you install it in AHCI mode, it will no longer boot when switched back to IDE.. But since you can't get on the Internet or use most of the features anyway - this is likely a moot point.

Hey, maybe if I'm lucky, this rig will be able to do everything my old rig could do with another $800.00 investment in software as well as hardware odds and ends. And once Win8 gets hold of it all, it probably won't run any faster and be a lot buggier.

GREAT!! Can you just feeeeel the sarcasm..

Just a mention in the specs you guys -- just a freaking mention.. really..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111173 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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