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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)

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GA-Z97X-Gaming 7

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 gaming audio suite
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • Gold plated display and audio ports
  • High end Nichicon audio capacitors
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier
  • Killer™ E2200 gaming networking platform
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
 
 
G1™ Gaming Motherboards

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G1™ AUDIO

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.

 
Realtek ALC1150 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.

 
 
Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier

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Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE 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.

 
 
Additional Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards also include Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite. Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite is a powerful audio platform offering premium audio quality, effects and features for gamers. It features SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fullest audio experience.

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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 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 Audio controller is also shielded by a gold plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

 
 
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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G1™ NETWORKING

Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network

NO LAG, JUST FRAG!

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™ Performance

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GA-Z97X-Gaming 7 Extreme Multi-GPU Support

Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either 3-Way CrossFire™ or 2-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 7 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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M.2 Onboard Connector

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices.

 
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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 7 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 7 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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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

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

 
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Joel S.
  • 1/29/2016 10:35:20 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97X-Gaming 7

Pros: Edit: Heavily revised review.

This card would be pretty sweet if it worked like it should.

What should make this card stand out?
Comes with an M.2 slot, integrated Creative sound card, easy access MB controls such as reset and power, Killer Ethernet(which is supposed to improve in game experience), and also red LED lighting which looks pretty nice.

Cons: The Killer NIC is a piece of junk. Unfortunately, I realized this too late. Tried dozens of drivers, etc. Tried straight drivers, tried Killer's program, tried the removal tool and tried the stuff on forums. It initially disconnected every 15min when I was doing heavy downloading, very annoying but I thought I worked around it with the 8th driver config I tried. After 3 weeks of use it started rapidly connecting/disconnecting, and somehow slowed the internet connection speed on the entire network from 60mbps down to under 46kbps. Disconnect the NIC and everything is 60mbps again. External USB and PCIe NIC's work fine. I WILL NEVER buy another motherboard with a Killer NIC on it.

Poor audio shielding. If I'm in a game and connect my mic to the rear input, apparently I sound like I have a lawnmower next to me. I'm lead to believe noise from the GPU's is interfering with the creative onboard sound. It isn't the headphones and it only happens when playing a game but through all voice applications(TS3, mumble, and in-game for BF4 and R6 Siege), regardless of drivers(and yes I tried another PSU). If you read the MFR notes you're supposed to make sure to update the realtek drivers before the creative drivers. This doesn't help it, nor do different driver versions.

Other Thoughts: This is my 5th Gigabyte MB. I was practically a Gigabyte fanboy, but after I had two bad GPU experiences(GTX680, literally came with wrong firmware making it more like a 670 and ran hot compared to other gigabyte 680 after they provided me with a custom firmware to make it do what it was specced to do, & GTX980ti which they installed a bent as**d cooler onto and then proceeded to blame me for and they refuse to support) and now this. I expect I will be trying other brands in the future.

MB: Gigabyte Z97X Gaming 7
GPU: x2 Gigabyte 980ti G1 Gaming in SLI with EK water blocks
CPU: i7 4770k with copper water block, no OC at this time
MEM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB @ 2133MHz
SSD: Samsung 950 Pro 512GB M.2
PSU: EVGA Supernova G2 1300W

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/27/2016 9:17:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard for my first gaming rig build.

Pros: This is my first motherboard I've ever owned and used for a rig build so I'm just gonna base everything off of experiences I've had thus far. The motherboard is great and I've had zero issues with it so far. Was very easy to work with during assembly and installation was a breeze. I've had the mobo since November and no crashes or errors. I've looked into the overclocking process and is easy for me to understand. I'm not overclocking yet but plan to in the future when I'm more comfortable with PC gaming. All in all this is a great motherboard in my honest opinion. Everything runs excellent and it looks great on my black/red display theme with the red LED fully illuminated in the rig. Got this case on sale for 140$ during cyber monday and had a 30$ rebate. I would pay full price for this mobo if that was the case when I was building. In short it's a wonderful motherboard and I have no complaints about the motherboard or Gigabytes Motherboards so far in my experience with them. Highly recommend this motherboard but again I'm new to PC gaming and haven't owned any other brands of mobo besides Gigabyte but from experience everything is perfect thus far.

Cons: None so far :).

Other Thoughts: Great motherboard for my first rig. Easy to work with during assembly and everything runs smoothly without issue. No crashes or errors thus far. Highly recommend this Motherboard and Gigabyte as a brand through experience thus far. The user manual made my assembly process easier for doing it myself until I needed my more experienced friends for smaller issues. Looks great in a black/red theme with the red LED accents. BIOS and Overclocking are easy to work with. I enjoy the motherboard and think it's a great product. Enjoy your gaming everyone :).

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/13/2016 8:10:59 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: On board USB 3 header, M.2...

Cons: Kept getting boot errors" c2, c4, C0 and it would restart. Looked problem up on line. Several boards have bent pins in the CPU socket. Removed and tested all RAM.All were ok. Removed RAM CARD from # 4 slot and it would boot. Defective mobo. Will send it back and wait for the restocked ones when they come in. When they work, they should be one of the best for the socket 1150

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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 130962 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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  • Adam K.
  • 1/2/2016 9:20:56 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: Built my first gaming pc and this MOBO seemed like the best for my money. I was not disappointed. Really well constructed and a great user manual which saved me quite a bit of headache. The BIOS is very user friendly.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: I highly recommend this product.

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3 out of 5 eggsgigabyte z97x-gaming7

Pros: overclocks easily, red led accents, scores well on benchmarks

Cons: EDIT: Gigabyte has scene updated the SIV & APP Center software thus, i no longer get system crash BSOD error code 124. So i will move the rating from 2 eggs to 3 eggs. However, the distortion on the Line Out Amplified headphone jack is still absolutely awful(see reason below)!

this motherboard resets (BSOD) itself error code 124 when using SIV (system information viewer - included gigabyte software), which controls fan profiles, voltage and temperature system status. This will happen when using haswell refresh processors(maybe others) and in my case a I7-4790k. When the system is left alone to enter low power state, C7/C6, idle mode it will crash every time -- total pain! Gigabyte support was clue less and a total waste of time. I explained to support in several emails that thermald.exe which is apart of the SIV program was causing the system to crash but they just keep asking the same questions over and over wasting my time.

I also notice terrible distortion when using headphones on the headphone out jack on back of the motherboard. This board boasts high quality sound with a op amp, but it is awful. I notice that the distortion is highly more noticeable when gaming and concluded that based on the position of the OP Amp on the board it is directly behind where I have my GPU plugged(PCI slot2). and believe that because of this arrangement electromagnetic interference is the cause - bad design GIgabyte!!!

Other Thoughts: Stay away from gigabyte, i regret switching from Asus. Just get a Asus board you will have less problems and their customer service is way better! Gigabye has bad customer service that alone is a reason to stay away from them not to mention bad programming and shoty designs

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  • Rich W.
  • 12/2/2015 2:18:29 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsNot a standard board...

Pros: Good Board

Cons: Says ATX but missing standoffs (like they don't exist) makes it difficult to install and prone to accidentally cracking the board?

Seriously why is this called ATX if it doesn't match that spec?

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  • Krasimir T.
  • 11/10/2015 9:29:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Smooth Gaming. SOUND IS EXCELLENT. BEAUTIFUL LIGHTS. INSTALLED M.2 SSD FOR DRIVE C: AND WOOOOWWW EXTREMELY FAST SPEEDS . EVERYTHING IS SO FAST. ALSO RUNS AT UNBELIEVABLE LOW TEMPERATURES . LIKE CPU AT ARROUND 27 C , AND MOTHERBOARD AROUND 31 C . EVERYWHERE I READ PEOPLE SAY ASUS ARE THE BEST , BUT I HAD ASUS MOTHERBOARD IN THE PAST AND COULDN'T KEEP TEMPERATURES THIS LOW ! I WAS ALWAYS FEELING THAT THE NORTH BRIDGE WILL BURN. SO GIGABYTE GAVE ME A VERY NICE SURPRISE WITH THIS BOARD !

Cons: NONE !

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  • K S.
  • 8/28/2015 11:51:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat, no problems so far

Pros: -Everything works great
-Great audio
-Easy to use bios, good overclocking
-I like the lighting

Cons: -Board could probably be a little bit sturdier, mainly heatsink makes me nervous
-cpu cooler and ram are very close, something to keep in mind

Other Thoughts: I decided to go with gigabyte due to my reading of them having low rma rates, though there are always going to be some that do come faulty and fail. I did see that people who have devils canyon cpu may experience reboot issues, maybe fixed with bios flash, though there was no problem with mine.

intel i7 4790k
gigabyte z97 gaming 7
evga superclocked gtx 980
cooler master hyper 212 evo
hyperx 16gb (2 x 8)

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/24/2015 12:04:43 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome motherboard

Pros: Great motherboard lots of room to upgrade

Cons: Non yet

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  • Eric T.
  • 7/20/2015 9:20:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: Everything you want in a motherboard.

Cons: Been having continuous rebooting issues. Have been trying to trouble shoot this for far to long and I finally believe the issue lies with a faulty motherboard. I was really stubborn and didn't want to believe the problem is this motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Intel Core i5 4690k
Gigabyte z97x Gaming 7
Samsung SSD 850 EVO M.2
EVGA GeForce GTX 760
Corsair 16G @2400v

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