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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC (rev. 1.0) 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*(*O.C.)/ 3200*/ 3100*/ 3000*/ 2933*/ 2800*/ 2666*/ 2600*/ 2500*/ 2400*/ 2200*/ 2133*/ 2000*/ 1866*/ 1800*/ 1600/ 1333

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GA-Z97X-SOC

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Premium 4-way CrossFire™ support
  • Precise digital CPU power design
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Exclusive GIGABYTE OC Features
  • Intel GbE LAN with CFOS internet accelerator software
  • 2x copper PCB design
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier
  • New Heatsink design with 8 onboard fan connectors
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
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GIGABYTE 9 Series Overclocking Motherboards

Following the success of the GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard, the #1 most overclocked motherboard on HWBOT.org in 2013, GIGABYTE has unleashed 2 new Z97 based overclocking motherboards, the Z97X-SOC FORCE and Z97X-SOC. With a host of unique OC features and bleeding-edge hardware design, GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards will allow even novice users to Overclock Like a Pro.

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.

  • Fans continue to provide airflow in cold bug situations
  • Perfect for pre-testing water-cooled system setups
  • Case mod demonstrations without having to turn on the PC
  • Retains i-ram data
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OC DIMM and OC PCIe Switch


GA-Z97X-SOC OC DIMM Switch:

Manually turn on or off each channel of installed memory DIMMs, allowing users to effortlessly disable memory DIMMs from the system without the hassle of physically removing.

OC PCIe Switch:

Overclockers can manually turn on or off each installed PCIe lane of the motherboard, allowing users to disable individual graphics cards without physically removing. This is especially useful when overclocking on LN2 and water cooled systems.

OC Touch


GIGABYTE OC Touch includes a range of hardware overclocking buttons directly on the motherboard, making overclocking on the fly extremely fast and easy.
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Premium Graphics Support

GA-Z97X-SOC GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards feature optimized support for AMD CrossFire™ in 4 way configuration plus support for Nvidia SLI technology in 2-way setups. This extreme design allows a more optimized multiple-card overclocking experience where the first 3 slots have the data bandwidth available from trace paths direct from the CPU and the fourth slot taking PCIe lanes from the Intel® Z97 PCH.

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OC PEG

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 4-way graphics configurations.

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OC Connect

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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.

SATA Express Connector

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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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Realtek ALC 1150 115dB SNR HD Audio

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The ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.

The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.

Build-in Rear Audio Amplifier

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Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600O loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.

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).
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Locating the right and left audio channels on separate PCB layers, GIGABYTE 9 Series Overclocking Motherboards are able to eliminate channel crosstalk and maintain the best audio quality.

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Intel® Gigabit LAN

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Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers, delivers several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.

All IR® Digital CPU Power Design

GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards use an all digital CPU power design from International Rectifier® which include both digital PWM Controller and industry-leading PowIRstage™ controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard's most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their next generation Intel® Core™ processors.

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GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support

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

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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

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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 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 UEFI DualBIOS™ with Dashboard Mode

GIGABYTE's UEFI DualBIOS™ has a redesigned user interface that offers users the chance to take control of their BIOS environment like never before.

  • Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with a fully customizable UI
  • Adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time
  • Smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation
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2x Copper PCB Design (2 oz Copper PCB)

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GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components to handle greater than normal power loads and to remove heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

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Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC (rev. 1.0)

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC (rev. 1.0)

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  • DAVID H.
  • 2/8/2016 1:58:41 PM

1 out of 5 eggsWorst product, keeps restarting on a cold boot

Pros: Colour.

Cons: Everytime I cold boot, the PC will randomly crash and restart within 10minutes. I have googled around and many other people are having this problem without finding a fix. I have contacted gigabyte support and have had nothing but more problems and a whole lot of stress.

I am trying to get this returned or replaced with a different motherboard if possible. I called one of their service lines and go put on the line with the most unenthusiastic representative I have ever dealt with. I'd really hate to see $180 go down the drain.

Other Thoughts: Do not buy this product at any cost.

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 131966 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
  • 1/30/2016 1:00:34 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorking well

Pros: Has worked with zero issues since install

Cons: Haven't find any so far

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  • James O.
  • 10/26/2015 3:16:10 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsconstant reboots

Pros: nice orange color scheme

Cons: frequently reboots whether in the BIOS or the O/S, even if just idling. Changing memory and cpu made no difference. No messages of any sort to indicate cause of problem.

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 128293 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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  • Travis T.
  • 8/27/2015 5:15:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDead

Pros: Looks Good.

Cons: Dead in 3 months. Bios would never properly store settings.

Arrived home from work to a no boot without any lights.

Moved all of the components to different board they run perfectly.

Other Thoughts: My first and last motherboard from gigabyte.

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1 out of 5 eggsLook elsewhere. Cold Boot issues

Pros: Good layout and quality components. Thats about it.

Cons: Board is plagued with issues. Will have issues on cold boots. COnstant restarts. Look elsewhere.

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 126380 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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  • Gage H.
  • 6/25/2015 8:15:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPretty Good

Pros: So I just got this motherboard for my orange themed system (this is the only motherboard that's got a decent orange theme going on), and overall it looks and feels really nice. After installing I had to reinstall the OS, but I think I'd have to do that anyway with all the previous MSI software I had installed.

Cons: ONLY 1 USB FRONT CONNECTOR. Like seriously. My USB3.0 cable has a 3.0 cable + the USB 2.0, and then there's a secondary USB 2.0 cable that also needs to be plugged in. Ended up just not attaching the 2.0 cable connected to the 3.0 cable, everything's working fine, but I'm not happy about a loose cable.

Other Thoughts: Besides the USB issue, I love this motherboard so far. I'll be updating my review if it decides to poop out on me, like I've seen quite a few other reviews (after I've already purchased it... great.). Hopefully I get the unicorn of the group!

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  • Bruce G.
  • 5/20/2015 7:31:50 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNow it just died

Pros: None

Cons: Very buggy, now board just died after 6-weeks. Stay away from this board unless you want being put on hold. Got no response from Gigabyte's so-called "support" after many attempts.

Other Thoughts: This is an update from my last post. This board has more problems with each passing day. Go with anybody else but Gigabyte.

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 122460 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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  • Bruce G.
  • 5/19/2015 11:35:42 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggscan't listen to music on youtube through headphones

Pros: pretty color

Cons: Can't listen to music from youtube through headphones. I plug-in the headphones a screen pops-up, acknowledges that I'm using headphones but won't let download and listen to music on youtube.

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  • Vahe T.
  • 4/28/2015 11:33:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsFailed after 35 days of use.

Pros: Has lots on PCI Express and Conventional PCI. Bios is easy to use.

Cons: Failed after 35 days. I had a lot of stability issues without an overclock. VRM heatsinks more for looks than function. They do not sit flat on the VRMs. First gigabyte board since AMD 64 Days and it will be my LAST.

Other Thoughts: Buy an Asus board.

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 121786 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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  • Edward W.
  • 4/10/2015 7:45:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPretty paper weight.

Pros: Lots of bells and whistles, which might have been nice if the board actually worked.

Cons: Paired with an i7-4790K Devil's Canyon, this board would not POST no matter what I tried. After troubleshooting for hours without positive results, I have to assume at this point that the board I got came with an outdated BIOS that does not recognize Devil's Canyon. Having no older 1150 chip to drop in, there was no way for me to flash BIOS, or even confirm what BIOS version I had. I RMA'd it and am ordering a different brand instead.

Other Thoughts: I suppose if you're lucky and receive one with the current BIOS, or if you have an older chip, it could be a decent board. Unfortunately, I myself will never know. Good luck!

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 121219 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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