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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
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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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  • 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.


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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...


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..

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4 out of 5 eggsExtreme Overclocker Bargain

Pros: Great looking motherboard

Orange LEDs on board are nice touch.

System Status App is pretty sweet. I checked some of the temperature readings with my laser thermometer and they were spot on.

BIOS has a search function, which is useful when first learning your way around the BIOS.

System Info Viewer app displays voltages that are identical on to what is measured when using the DMM probing points on the board. At first I thought the SIV was wrong because it was showing higher values for CPU VCORE than CPU-Z and HWInfo, but it turns out that CPU-Z and HWInfo only display the values set in the BIOS. SIV and my DMM confirmed that the motherboard applies .016V more than what is set in the BIOS for CPU core.

Direct-to-BIOS button is very useful especially with lightning fast SSD boots.

This is about as serious of a motherboard as anyone could want if you are going to do extreme overclocking and/or for running several GPUs. It has a myriad of features to please the extreme enthusiast that are normally only found on boards in a much, much higher price bracket.

You will find numerous negative nit-pickings below because I tell it how it is. However, once a few small kinks are worked out in the BIOS, this board will shine as an extreme bargain in the extreme enthusiast market.

Cons: Using the +/- CPU Ratio/Frequency buttons on the board worked while in Windows, but kept causing lock-ups.

I never have high expectations for included utilities so I wasn’t that surprised when things didn’t act as planned. These are cons, but only minor ones in my opinion as the target audience for this board probably won’t be relying on utilities to do anything.

Easy Tune requires a reboot to alter settings, making it pretty useless IMO. Why not just OC from the BIOS in the first place?

System Info Viewer was not displaying correct RAM speeds. It displays stock settings even when using XMP.

APP Center driver update doesn’t work very well and is more or less worthless IMO. I always go to site and download latest drivers immediately but APP center said EVERYTHING was out of date after the fact, so I let it run. I was anticipating an automated process, which it is not; It opens up the Intel install windows behind the APP Center which at first I didn’t notice until I looked at task bar. Secondly, the download speeds through it are TERRIBLE @ <200KB/s. And lastly, it downloaded all of the same drivers I just installed; I was prompted to repair/remove instead of install/update the drivers.

I removed APP Center after the utter failure of the driver update utility only to find that APP Center must be installed to use any of the other utilities associated with this board; Easy Tune, @BIOS, SIV, etc.

@BIOS, the BIOS update utility, froze when trying to update from every server available. After the BIOS flash failed from the server option I received 2 errors in Windows after rebooting; “Open Device failure” and “Driver can’t release to failure”. These errors went away.

Manually downloading the BIOS worked fine, but the computer must be restarted anyway so why update from Windows?

Flashing from the @BIOS utility also took much longer than I was anticipating; it is simply a better idea to flash from the BIOS. Having the server BIOS flash from within the BIOS, like ASRock, would be a much better option.

I expected better things from the BIOS considering how much the Z87 board I reviewed pleased me…however:

When Trying to enter “Classic Setup Mode” the BIOS kept locking up.

Motherboard has 6 System Fans, yet only 4 are displayed in the BIOS.

Had issues with drop down menus leaving a ‘shadow’ of it elsewhere in the BIOS; exiting BIOS only way to fix it.

When altering a setting from normal/auto in the BIOS, I could not figure out how to get back to normal/auto. Usually normal or auto is placed at the top/bottom of the drop down list, but it isn’t in the list at all. I needed to exit BIOS without saving to get these back to normal/auto.

Setting the CPU to “Default OC” also disables XMP profile.

Enabling the CPU “Light Overclock” applied settings, but the XMP profile did not apply with it for some reason.

Other Thoughts: Board wouldn’t POST; had to move RAM/reset CMOS several times

Couldn’t install Windows from USB3; Z87X-UD5H didn't have this issue.

Europe mirror maxes my internet @ 6.9MB/s; others were very slow.

System Info Viewer displays higher CPU core temperatures than RealTemp & HWInfo. I’m not sure if it is giving a more accurate reading like it was for voltages

Memory DIMM switches don’t work as you would imagine if you’re only using 2 DIMMs. Even if you have slots 3 & 4 filled, you still disable them by using switches 1 & 2

The Gigabyte site board/driver search function needs some fixing. I could not get this board to be displayed when searching for Z97X SOC Force, the results list would be blank. When I would search for Z97X SOC, it only showed regular SOC, not the Force. This caused me to accidentally download BIOS for the Z97X SOC board by mistake; which did not work.

I recently did a review for the Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H and was expecting to be fairly familiar with the BIOS but things have been moved around and altered a bit; I prefer the Z87.

I was also surprised given the enthusiast market this board is aimed at, to not find more settings. Unless I missed them, the one thing I was specifically looking for, and didn’t see, was Load Line Calibration for a few settings like on my Z87 Gryphon.

With Haswell ‘K’ CPUs, the OC potential is likely more reliant on getting a good chip then the abilities/quality of the board; unless you are running dry ice or LN2 obviously.

Anyone purchasing this board shouldn’t be relying on auto tuning settings, but I had to test it for the Z97 platform. The results weren’t any different than my experience with numerous Z77/Z87 boards unfortunately.

I’m not listing this as a con because from my experience I have found ‘Auto Tuning’ and presets are unreliable and will likely apply unnecessary/dangerous voltages to CPU. For optimized default settings for 4770k @ stock it sets 1.232V with RAM @ 1333MHz; On average a decent 4670k/4770k will reach ~4.5GHz @ ~1.25V.

After a couple hours of tweaking I found that only .016V additional was necessary for 4.4GHz overclock while using 2400MHz memory.

Unfortunately the i7 4770k I purchased to review this board isn’t a great one. I got to 1.391V core to try and get 4.5GHz stable with no luck, as well as being out of cooling capacity at that voltage. I chose 4.4GHz with Auto Voltages just to see what would happen and it applied a destructive 1.477V, which locked up the computer immediately.

The capabilities of this board are likely outside the scope of the average user. I wish I had more extreme cooling means to really test this board...

..I am strongly considering building an extreme test bench with this board at the heart of the operation for Devil's Canyon overclocking.

Need more time to get an even better feel for this board; Have Devil's Canyon on pre-order :D

Thanks NewEgg and Gigabyte for another review opportunity!

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5 out of 5 eggsGiga is the word!

Pros: Monster board with USB 3 and 6GB/s SATA III, 4 rear facing USB 3 ports and onboard header for 2 more, 4 rear facing USB 2 ports and another 2 available via a header on the mobo. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10. The board also has 7.1 channel audio with an optical SPDIF port, 1xGb LAN and 4 DDR3 DIMM slots which can take up to 32GB.

When I first saw the board I was a bit concerned as to whether it would fit comfortably in the case I had. It was a bit of a tight one but it nestled in quite nicely. Only issue I had in mounting was the right angled SATA connectors at the edge of the board, they needed a little bit of fiddling around and some nimble finger work given the confines of the case. A nice little touch was the IO shield which has a padded layer to cushion the board mounted rear connectors. I also like the onboard USB sockets, very useful, mine are equipped with flash drives one with Puppy Linux and the other with Slackware Live.

The motherboard was mounted in a NZXT Gamma case, with initially an Intel Haswell Pentium G3220, I substituted a 4770K for this after I was happy that my machine was operating satisfactorily with the G3220. Both processors were used with stock cooling. 8GB of AMD R9 Gamer 2400 memory was installed with a Toshiba 120GB SSD boot drive, a 2TB data drive, a couple of external drives one on the USB 3 (1TB Seagate) and one on a USB 2 (500Gb Samsung) port. The internal USB 3 header was connected to a front panel bay incorporating a 2.5” and a 3.5” ejectable drives (SATA III) and two USB 3.0 ports.

I used an SSD with Windows 8.1 already installed, having read that 8.1 will actually allow a straight motherboard and processor swap with no preparation I bit the bullet and went for it. Following the initial boot I was confronted with only 3 devices requiring drivers, one of which was the LAN port, a quick visit to another machine and downloading the necessary drivers to a flash drive and we were cooking on gas, necessary as I have no optical drive on this machine. Faultless transition from a triple core AMD Phenom 455 to an Intel Haswell setup.

The overclocking and tweaking options available on this board are mind boggling both from the BIOS and the onboard buttons, after a bit of tweaking and a few false starts I was able to squeeze an extra 100 MHz or so out of the G3220. I know this doesn’t sound like much but this is a locked low end processor and a 3% gain is a major achievement, the machine was rock solid. When I put in the 4770K it rocked the case! The final stable clock I managed to get to with stock cooling was 4.1GHz, after much faffing around I found that any adjustment above that caused instability. I may invest in some water cooling for this board.

Cons: Trying hard to think of a con, and not getting much of any import. The UEFI BIOS has a habit of promoting any external drive I plugged in to primary boot, I don’t know if there’s something I can change to prevent this but I know it was quite disconcerting when my Windows 8.1 machine was booting into Linux Mint, until I realized I had left a flash drive in one of the internal USB sockets. The right angle SATA sockets are a pain but they seem to be becoming the standard. Certainly nothing I’ve come across in the week or so I’ve had this operating that I can raise to the level of a con!

Other Thoughts: I used this board as a “show and tell” item with an Electronics Class I teach in my local High School. For most of the students it was the first time they had seen a non-branded PC put together. The class was abuzz with anticipation and the installation took almost twice as long as it should have due to the deluge of questions that were being thrown in my direction. The plethora of bells and whistles available on this board whetted a lot of their appetites and I know I have a least a few converts to the idea of self builds.

The board is a typical Gigabyte board, well-constructed, high quality components, excellent manual, and good extrase. I’ve used Gigabyte Intel and AMD solutions in the past and they have never disappointed, this one is by far the most over the top one I’ve used. The addition of a metal frame to give physical stability to an SLI/Crossfire graphics setup is a very nice touch. I’ve only touched on the surface of the overclocking possibilities of this board but it shows huge promise, with the addition of a decent water cooling solution it should be possible to hit 4.6-7 GHz.

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5 out of 5 eggsFollow up

Pros: The stability of this board has amazed me.
You can save profiles in bios
you can use a spare hard drive and thru bios make regular back-ups manual or automatic.
The ease of the bios is amazing you can use UEFI or switch to classic.
Comes with bios f5b which is latest out at this time except for f6b.
No need to update bios I dropped in a 4670k and overclocked it to where I wanted.
Has sata express connection
onboard graphics are good
onboard sound is decent also.
Comes with a SLI bridge and a Crossfire bridge.
Comes with a bracket you can attach for bench testing.
Plenty of 3 and 4 pin fan connectors and usb headers even 2 x usb3.
Fast boot works with SSD is 15 seconds till desktop.
Pleasing colors for side thru windows.
Temps stay so cool with my 4670k im amazed.
Low profile ram slots.

Cons: Only 1 x16 pci-e graphics slot the others are 8 or 4 would of been better if it had 2 x 16 pcie slots.

Other Thoughts: I have run this board for over a week now and it is cool and stable using a zalman 9500 cpu cooler. Overclocked to 3.8 and stays around 34c and didn't touch voltage. I only have 8 gigs of 2400 ram in it now but plan on taking it to 16. my main rig has a amd 1090t at 3.6 and this is so close to being faster it is sad.
That said I am planning on buying another of these boards and putting it in my main rig with a faster processor probably
the i7 4770k. My 1090 t is getting old and even though it still kicks I am ready for something better and if the i5 I put in this is any indication then if I put a i7 in main it should rock.
Best part is it is affordable. I am giving this a couple more weeks and if it stays this fast and stable and cool then I am taking the plunge.
set bios to AHCI saved and exited and installed windows took maybe 12 minutes off a usb. When I had to restart I went into bios and saved that profile so even if I reset CMOS I can just go in and load it and im done. Then I went to 3.8 with no higher voltage and got it running good. It was so easy just hit f2 in bios and loaded classic view and changed what I needed. Saved that to bios also just in case. Am going to push this a bit but not to hard as I plan on using it on a bench in my workshop room. It is made for it and they made it so easy for bench work I have to trade out my old one. I am very impressed with it and the CPU I picked. The killer NIC has been great for me really picked up speed in the few games I do have time to play. This isn't the priciest board but for the price I am surprised it is only 209. Is worth way more to me.

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