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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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  • MICHAEL W.
  • 12/11/2014 9:48:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: a well design and cool looking keyboard, put in sli and works like a champs, runs cool, the setup is pretty straight up and simple.

Cons: The first board I got die in one week, so I have to ship it back. The second one work great so far no problem, I guess I just being unlucky and get a lemon.

Other Thoughts: Newegg service is world class. The process of replacement is as straight forward as possible. I got the brand new board in 3 days when they received the defective board.

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  • Tyler E.
  • 12/11/2014 1:17:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIn a good spot.

Pros: I m am not going through all the pros, instead i will focus my efforts.

Its a real 8 phase motherboard, the cheapest of this chipset's. Thats a big bonus.

Has a headphone or lineout amp.

Does its job and don't cost too much.

Cons: Its cons are a bit more noticeable.
Its a gigabyte mebo, they don't allow any level of decent fan control (just because gigabyte will not release sensor data to people like speedfan etc.)
If you run fan control programs but don't want a separate fan controller you do not want this mebo. If you have your own fan controller or just load windows and play this mebo shiny like gold.

Gigabytes bios is easily the worst of them currently. Its usable but has a lot of issues (even older gigabyte bios functioned more effectively).

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte does have a SIV program its glitchy for fan control, various reports are out there (i have my own fan control so sorry that i couldn't help).

Buy it if you don't care about fan control via the OS.

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  • Joseph H.
  • 12/11/2014 9:31:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsTerrible Software

Pros: MB hardware works fine; never had any issues with it. My i7, GTX 970, and OC'd RAM all work together without a hitch.

Cons: The Gigabyte "App Center" software suite is total garbage. Its supposed to be an all in one suite for your MB bios, and drivers for sound, ethernet, etc. However it a) doesn't update with the latest version of drivers b) put freaking malware on my computer c) over the last few weeks it doesn't work on my build. When I click on the executable or try to open it from system tray the window just pops up on the task bar for two seconds then disappears. I've tried reinstalling and it still has the same issue.

Worst part is that you can no longer just install one or two toolsets; like @BIOS for bios updates. You have to install this entire piece of nonsense. Also when you download or update the App Center suite, be prepared to wait a 1/2 hour because the download speed is around 5Kb/s from where ever in Timbuktu their servers are located.

Other Thoughts: Because of this ridiculous Gigabyte App Center bloatware, I would not have bought a Gigabyte board if I could do it over again.

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  • TERRY P.
  • 12/9/2014 10:34:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I am writing this because they just put out the latest test on all Z97 MB and this one beat out many of the top ones it came in 5th place the G-7 Gig was 6th. For this price and to beat out higher one is pretty good. I have the Gig.G-7 and what a nice board.

Cons: For the price and performance there is none these MB are pre tested so if you have a problem then you didn't ground your self or tried to OC with wrong volts.

Other Thoughts: I only do Gigabyte MB because of the dual bios and there reliability. Over 25 MB over 15 years and Not ONE has Failed me over the years. I still have P35 and P43 that still work to this day now that is a good MB.

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5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Writing as a followup to my initial eggXpert review.
I am so fond of this motherboard, I actually tore down my main computer and swapped Z87x-OC for this one. While the OC board could get to slightly higher maximum overclocks, this board still easily hit my everyday stable clock speed of 4.7GHz on my 4770k.
My favorite part of this board has to be the audio. The headphone amp on this board drives my Corsair Vengeance headset louder than my Xonar DX and features just as much adjustability and capability as the separate card.

Cons: In my usage, the only con is the small number of SATA ports. I have my primary disk array, two large storage drives, a DVD-RW drive and a BD-RW drive. That's all the ports used up right there. If I used the machine for gaming only, I wouldn't use as many drives but as I also do a lot of video editing I need the storage.

On the subject of the SATA ports, it is important to note that while this board features an M.2 slot as well as a SATA Express port, you can only use one or the other and lose 2 of the SATA 3.0 ports as well (per pg. 11 & 25 of the manual "M.2, SATA Express, and SATA 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time.")When planning your build, keep this in mind.

The other potential con I see is the PCIe lane distribution. There are 3 x16 length slots. You either get 16 lanes to the top slot on its own or 8 lanes to the top and middle slot (SLI and Crossfire capable). The bottom slot is only 4 lanes and is thus only AMD Crossfire capable. However, if you occupy one of the PCIe x1 slots, this slot is disabled. Again, this is a point that you need to consider for your build. I typically advise against gaming on 4-lane multi-gpu setups anyway, but the potential conflict is there.

Other Thoughts: I'll say it again, I love this board. It's packed with all kinds of features allowing for a huge variety of setup whether it's an M.2 SSD or a SATA Express drive, there's a legacy PCI slot for my old TV tuner, Qualcomm Killer ethernet, and the audio. The break in the PCB is even backlit by some red LEDs. Sure, it gets blocked by my graphics cards, but it's a neat touch. You may no be able to use every feature on the board at once, but for only $135 this board really delivers a lot of options

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  • Russell A.
  • 11/26/2014 10:41:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: This board screams, haven't had issues with the lan card as others seem to, I am running Win 8.1 pro. In the bios change the compatibility to Windows 8 WHQL and issues go away. I updated bios right away solved freezing problems others were having. Sound is fantastic and yes they are labeled unlike others are saying. BIOS is fantastic you can change the way it looks to classic bios which I did to navigate more efficiently.

Cons: Cons updating the bios should be the first thing you do after installing the software. Make sure you have a full back up of your OS drive before you update it or your in trouble. Download the latest versions and burn to cd before you begin. Don't waste your time with q-flash download their bios updater from product page works very nice. All in all a great board for the money.

Other Thoughts: They should have thought out the placement of the SATA connectors. You video card like mine will stick out over them which makes it hard to install them an inch up and it would not have been an issue

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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!

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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 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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