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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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

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  • Geoffrey B.
  • 10/24/2014 8:41:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Buy

Pros: +Fast Board
+Audio Chipset is of good quality and comes with great software
+The Board is a beauty. Pictures cannot capture the shine this board has. It's prettier in person.
+Supports the latest in Intel 1150 processors after BIOS update.
+Easy to overclock RAM and CPU.
+Board layout is great, even for its size.

Cons: -Not a full ATX board. It does not extend to all standard standoffs. Not a major problem if you install your RAM and CPU on a stable surface before installing motherboard to case, but I would have expected the board to be full size at this price point, even if a portion of the board went unused.
-Setting up RAID is a pain as it does not pause at the RAID startup, even when Fast Boot is disabled. Was able to get to the menu by pounding CTRL+I repeatedly while booting. There are also separate methods to setting up an array based on what hardware you're using (SATA Express Arrays can be set up within the BIOS, but SATA6 must be done in the RAID menu)
-BIOS loses some settings when flashed, most notably the RAID setting. Configuration, along with Windows, came back fine when RAID was enabled again in the BIOS menus.
-BIOS software flaky, and most of the configuration is inaccessible while in 'HD mode', instead having to right-click and go to classic mode. It makes the BIOS seem much larger when having to change screens to get to certain settings. This can be pretty confusing.
-Driver disc that came with the board was a bad burn. After several minutes of reading, the disc shows up as a CDFS and has problems accessing just about everything on the disc. After a frustrating hour I was able to just install the Ethernet drivers from the disc and downloaded the rest online. Should have been some QC for the driver discs.

Other Thoughts: This is a great board in this price range. It's well worth it. If you're buying this, download all your drivers, the BIOS update, the APP center, and the @BIOS software to a thumb drive before install so you don't get stuck if your disc doesn't work.

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  • Shaun L.
  • 9/2/2014 12:28:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Great features for the price. Love the red lights, not too distracting. Got this board together with 4790K for $400 combo deal here on Newegg. An awesome steal if you ask me considering the processor alone is $340.

Cons: Board is a little smaller in width compared to standard ATX boards (no big deal). Takes 6 screws/standoffs rather than the standard 9. So when plugging in the mobo's 24 pin ATX PS, use care as the board may bend since there is no support from the standoffs. I just used a few fingers under the board for support.

Other Thoughts: Just a heads up, update your BIOS if you are running the Devil's Canyon processors. I had to update the BIOS on this board to version F5. The default version F3 ran my 4790K @ 1.392v with temps at 51C yikes!! After updating the BIOS to F5, the voltage dropped to a comfortable 1.188v @ 39C.

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5 out of 5 eggsNice Solid Board!

Pros: - Seems to be very well built, almost like it was forged out of a hunk of steel.
- Red/black color scheme is very classy.
- Nice flat black coating so no weird reflections from lights in or near your computer case.
- Focused on audio quality; gold plated connectors and obvious high quality components. Separate rear-audio amp, which is nice.
- Latest (as of this writing) Intel socket and chipset
- Somewhat future-proof since ready for SATA-Express drives.
- Typical Gigabyte BIOS, which is comprehensive and excellent.

Cons: - Killer E2201 LAN setup can be tricky and seems a little buggy - Took me three attempts to get it set up correctly. I expect driver updates, make sure you check.
- Ridiculous LEDs around audio amp circuitry - Ugh!
- Cable management is a little tough, given orientation of some connectors.
- Danger of over-flexing board when installing memory, since the board is not well supported in the case (too short to bridge to all the ATX mount points) - just have to be careful.
- Comes with really cheap looking SATA cables...right into the trash, sorry.

Other Thoughts: This is a really (really) nice board. Gigabyte makes great products and this is no exception.

The audio experience is markedly better than any other boards I've used, they really did a nice job on this.

My setup was running Win7 and a mild overclock on an Intel i7-4770k processor. No issues at all, I let it run for several days and checked temps on the board with my infrared thermometer -- the bridge chip was hot of course but no other hot spots on the board and everything was rock solid.

BIOS has all the typical knobs and dials for gamers and overclockers - which can be a liability for some people but if you know what you are doing you can establish a very high performing, stable system.

One of the stickers it came with said "UD" but I'm not really sure if this means it's an "ultra durable" board or "just" a gaming board. Either way I wouldn't worry about it, this doesn't seem to be a board that is going to give me longevity problems.

At this price, it's really a no-brainer. I'm amazed at what you get.

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  • barbara e.
  • 8/16/2014 10:33:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsno drivers

Pros: lots of options

Cons: I am running vista ultimate x64 edition. Gigabyte says the board is compatible with xp, vista, 7, and 8. the vista drivers on the cd that come with the main board don't work and if you go to gigabytes website to get the drivers they don't have them. right on their site it says xp, vista , 7, and 8 compatible. when you try to download the drivers they don't exist for xp or vista! Thanks for lying gigabyte last time i buy one of your products after being an avid gigabyte customer for better than a decade.

Other Thoughts: if you own any operating system older than windows 7 64 bit don't buy this board unless your looking to go to a newer operating system against your will! gigabyte is lying to you xp and vista drivers don't exist for this board!

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 113033 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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4 out of 5 eggsZ97X Review

Pros: The board is beautiful a matte black with red accents. Decently placed PCI-Express ports allowing for tripple slot graphics cards.
My 4770k is as stable when overclocked on this board as on my Z87 board.
M.2 Slot (only PCI-Express 2x)
Alot of USB 3.0, and 2.0 ports.
Killer 2200 is nice the software can however be flacky.
Moving from a different branded Z87 motherboard to this was pretty painless, swapped my board and booted up Windows and installed the latest drivers I downloaded from their site beforehand.

Cons: M.2 And SATA-Express cannot be used at the same time, but I haven't seen any SATA-Express drives.
The motherboard is not a full ATX motherboard, It is full length but not full width. it only uses 6 out of the normal 9 ATX motherboard standoff's which can make some cable wiring if you have holes in your motherboard tray a bit challenging.
Only 6 SATA 6Gb's ports many other motherboard have another 2 SATA ports on another controller.
The motherboard heat sinks are rather cheaply attached used two diagonal spring pressured screws allowing for a lot of wobble, they should be attached using 4 screws to be secure.
Clear CMOS jumper, instead of being a switch or a push button like it is on many other enthusiast motherboard this one is still a jumper, in addition while their are dual BIOS I cannot figure out where a BIOS switch is to change from BIOS A to BIOS B is, if there even is one. I needed to use this at one point on my old board.
Front Panel USB 3.0 header is perpendicular to the motherboard, not horizontal which bugs me for cable management.
Also I honestly don't think PCI ports are of any value anymore, and aesthetically it is not very pleasing to look at, but it is covered up with my second GTX 770. The PCI port will take a 64bit PCI card (not electrically but physically as parts of the motherboard to not interfere)

Other Thoughts: Bottom PCI-Express port is wired 2.0 @ 4x.
No problems with RAM clearance with normal heigher RAM and a NH-D14, the front fan is above the first 2 RAM slots so you will have to remove the fan to install and remove the first two RAM slots.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood mid range gaming board

Pros: • I rather like the change in color scheme from green/black to the new red/black, I like Asus and Gigabyte boards equally but always pre
• Price is reasonable for what you get and compares well with other boards in it’s class
• Supports all new 4th and 5th generation socket 1150 CPU’s
• As this is a gaming board one of the key features is sound enhancement, as such it has a few nice set of features that bring you crisp clear sound while gaming ie.. Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier, 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. The last two are pretty standard on gaming boards these days and you can’t really measure how much better sound is with it or without it for that matter.
• Also to help cut out video and audio distortion the back panel has gold plated HDMI and audio connectors, again hard to measure the impact of these vs regular connectors
• I also picked up that the left and right sound channels are integrated on two separate PCB layers, hard to measure again how much that adds to your gaming sound experience, sounds great though.
• The Z97X G5 feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, also the standard in gaming and high end motherboards
• Integrated onboard graphics processor that supports up to three displays, has 512MB memory, not enough to play BF4 but enough to browse around the internet on.
• I really like the three bios modes, very useful for those that like to overclock. You have the classic mode for old school, the smart tweak mode for those that want to push your CPU and RAM to the limits. It also has a dashboard look or what Gigabyte calls the “Startup Guide” from which you get quick access to all the various features
• Two PCIe 3 slots, they share 16 lanes, so you can run one video card using all 16 lanes or two at x8. This allows you to run two Nvidia or AMD cards in SLI or CFX. I only ran one AMD R9 290 and it was plenty or power for my 27 inch LCD.

Cons: • The Z97X-Gaming 5 PCB measures 305mm x 225mm, making it almost an inch narrower than standard ATX (305mm x 244mm), not a train smash at all but still real estate (space) on boards are valuable.
• There is no debug LED or power/reset buttons on the board, as a gamer and open case bencher I really like to have this so I can see why my overclock fails, also handy to push reset or power button if you don’t have the board connected to a case. Also for a few dollars more you get that with the G7
• Only one LAN port, almost all gaming boards have two

Other Thoughts: Newegg delivered the review board in a couple of days in their distinct brown Newegg box, it was securely packaged.
The Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard box was all black and red with white lettering. As for most boards the back is covered with displaying all the features which you can read at your leisure after you installed it.
The box contents was a bit disappointing, apart from the board itself and a couple of manuals and stickers you only got four SATA cables and a SLI bridge.
My test setup featured the following hardware in a Thor gaming case:
Intel i7-4770k
Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5 (this review board)
HIS AMD R9 290 video card
2 x 4GB G.Skill Ripjaws Z 2400 Mhz CL10
OCZ Vertex 4 512GB SSD
Corsair H100i liquid cooling
Rosewell 750W PSU
Windows 7 Ultimate (I still like Win 7 over 8 when it comes to desktop PC’s)
After power up I commenced to install Win 7, I then went back to play around in the bios.
For overclockers, the board supports a maximum base clock of 266.66MHz and a highly-unlikely CPU clock ratio of 80x. The CPU and DRAM voltage maxes out at 1.80V and 2.10V respectively.
I managed to get a decent overclock of 4.5 Gz in the 4770k with vcore around 1.28 volt, I did push it to 4.8 Ghz but the CPU temps got a bit on the high side. I will actually tone it down to 4Ghz 24/7 which should be plenty for gaming. I set the Ram at XMP and it took immediately running at 2400Mhz stable.
Playing games the sound was quite decent, nothing to complain about, the onboard sound compares very well to my Soundblaster X-Fi card

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  • karol d.
  • 8/13/2014 5:16:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsterrible

Pros: red lights and sleek look

Cons: -freezes at start up (updated bios, default settings)
-gigabyte app is terrible ( updates drivers with same new/old ones )
-no fan control
-pain with settings in running raid with windows 7 with out sp1
- customer service terrible, gave me answer which doesn't answers anything i have asked and closed the case, thank you

Other Thoughts: after Abit i moved to gigabyte stuff and i was happy, in this time only one gfx died on me days after warranty run out but still i was pretty happy with them, now this mobo is giving me a hard time, and customer service is terrible, for me seems like its a time to give a chance to other manufacturer

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 112870 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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5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte Z97X Gaming 5 Motherboard

Pros: Nice matte black and red aesthetics
Loud 115db audio output from Realtek ALC 1150 HD Audio
Gold plated audio connectors
Padded backplate
5 x Fan headers
4 x USB 3.0, and 4 x USB 2.0 slots
3 PCIe lanes that supports 3 way Crossfire or 2 way SLI
Killer Network Gigabit Ethernet
M2-SATA and SATA Express slots
Mouse click-able BIOS layout
Right angle SATA ports
Front panel USB 3.0 Header

Cons: Audio Jacks are not color coded
Chipset heatsinks use thermal pads to transfer heat

Other Thoughts: The PCB is a nice matte black finish, which is a nice alternative to the glossy black of other boards.
The board has five fan headers, nicely spaced out to meet your fan placement needs.
I like the added support of M2-SATA and SATA Express granting access to newer SSD tech, I should note that you cannot run both M2 and SATA express simultaneously with this board.
Color coded case pin headers make it easy to get your panel connected.

UEFI BIOS layout is polished and modern looking, and it also includes an optional mouse click-able legacy interface.
Overclocking settings give a full range of advanced voltage controls for the serious overclocker crowd.
For users that don't want to get into advanced voltages and want a quick and easy overclock: the optional install Easy Tune software will meet your needs, allowing you to easily overclock within safe margins.

Although the gold plated audio connectors are great for play back with low signal resistance, they have no color indicators on the backplate making it difficult to tell which jack is correct when connecting audio out or mic in.
I really like the attention given to the onboard Audio in this generation of motherboards. I find the sound quality to be accurate and well reproduced.
The added 115db output pushes my studio headphones at maximum volume with no distortion, be warned the audio output is loud and you probably shouldn't attempt this.
With powered speakers you do need to be careful with louder volume settings, as most were designed for input (PC output) from older generation motherboards with lower volume output.

Had one slight hiccup initially on driver setup: the Killer Network drivers would power on this build with magic packets.
Although the BIOS was set not to wake on by LAN, the Killer Network drivers somehow bypassed this and would power on every morning at 8:30 am.
The cmd line "powercfg lastwake" in windows 7 pointed to the Killer Network driver; I had to uncheck wake on magic packet in the Killer Network driver properties to remedy this.
This was a driver related issue, possibly just a winner of a glitch lottery so I really cant fault the board for this.

This board paired with an i7 4790k, 8GB ddr3, R9-270x and Win7 Pro has been silky smooth fast and reliable.
Its been really hard to find faults with this board, overall I find this board to be a fantastic performer at a impressive price.

I would absolutely recommend this board to anyone looking at motherboards in this price range.

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  • Benji D.
  • 8/13/2014 9:33:03 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWhat a disappointment....

Pros: Sleek design.

Cons: Do not purchase this motherboard! The Killer e2200 drivers are so dam broken! It will work until you restart your system. After that it remains broken until you clear out the registry and delete the drivers and the device. Then you have to reinstall everything again! I've google'd for any solutions and there seems to be none! If you are looking at this board you might want to think about a different board. I've always used Gigabyte boards in all my builds, but I am seriously thinking of going Asus now because of this experience. Very disappointed. I've read that I should get the most up to date drivers for the Killer e2200 port and I did and STILL the same problem arises.

Other Thoughts: The board isn't all that bad with easy to overclock cpu and memory apps. I would have really enjoyed this board very much if it were not for me always having to reinstall the drivers for the ethernet port.

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 112860 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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5 out of 5 eggsquite a punch

Pros: I was quite surprised by this little monster in a box. Bios is feature rich with just about everything you need for overclocking your rig. Its a decent board for mild to low gaming off of the stock graphics. I'd recommend a graphics card upgrade anyway to do hardcore gaming, It made a nice upgrade to my moms old amd setup.

Cons: For what you pay for its a good buy

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