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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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GA-Z97X-Gaming 5

  • 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 10Gb/s data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10Gb/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 600Ω 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 and 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™ Permance

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GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 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 5 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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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 5 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 5 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.

GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 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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GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 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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GA-Z97X-Gaming 5 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 5 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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  • Christopher L.
  • 8/17/2015 8:30:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMostly good board when it works

Pros: Nice features
M.2
Decent Audio
Runs Devil Canyon very nicely and has good overclocking tools and ability

Cons: Killer NIC that has clunky software
App's and utilities seem to just suck up memory and do not seem very useful in most cases
heat sinks are very flimsy on the board and are only attached via springs that keep pressure down, just seems cheap that they couldn't spend the extra 50 cents to put even basic goop on

Other Thoughts: Have had this board since late 2014 and it had been working really well for the first 6 months or so and then the issues started happening. At first I thought it was the M.2 SSD that I had purchased at the same time but after moving over to a SATA SSD and the issues followed then I started to wonder what else could be the issue. It has been months and months of issues, anything from the SSD issue to memory not being detected and very unstable system. Now it has gotten even worse, I have had to reload Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 numerous times in an effort to narrow down why the system was so unstable but I think I finally narrowed the issues down to two items, the USB bus and the Killer NIC. The NIC is able to pass very small packets and lite traffic but if you try to transfer large files or large amounts of small files it will just hang trying to calculate the transfer and never actually does any file transfers. It never dawned on me that it could be the NIC before because it was able to connect to most of my other machines and surf the web, even download files or update games from Steam. But after having swapped everything in the system, CPU, memory, SSD (x2), video cards, cables, PSU and the issue still keep occurring even after numerous OS reloads I purchased an Intel 1Gb NIC adapter and put it in one of the PCI-E slots and poof, networking works again, file transfers are even faster and my pings are lower than what I got on the Killer NIC. System seems more stable now except that the onboard NIC is disabled and the USB issues. The USB issues still are plaguing me, I loose my keyboard and sometimes the mouse at random times and the only way to get them back is to re-seat the cables and they work again, a reboot works as well.
So at this point it looks like I'm going to try an RMA with Gigabyte and hope that it doesn't take too long to get this swapped out as I depend on my PC a lot as it is my part of my primary income source as I do server troubleshooting for a major corporation.

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  • Daniel H.
  • 8/13/2015 7:46:10 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Z97 ATX board but needs better fan control software

Pros: Good board layout layout, lots of fan headers, M2 slot, SATA express capable. SLI ready, includes SLI Bridge. Plenty of USB 3.0 ports, Gigabyte Ethernet, good Audio.

This would be a great board but...

Cons: Non-standard ATX mounting. I had to drill a hole to add an extra standoff to support the motherboard. 1/2 egg deduction. Also the back corner of the mother board does not have an extra screw hole for support. Another 1/2 egg.

The Fan control software (SIV) is fairly easy to use and will control the dual fan Cryorig R1 ultimate, but the speeds are not remembered after a reboot or after the system goes to sleep. There is a long running thread on the enthusiast boards that I did not see before buying. Deduct another full Egg for this as I have to fight with it every day. SpeedFan works for the CPU fan but the system fan headers are not behaving well with speedfan so that is unfortunate. I may connect the case fans so they are not controlled by the motherboard but that pretty much defeats my desire for having the system temps drive the fan speeds.

Other Thoughts: The fan control software is the main drawback. I opened a support ticket with Gigabyte and we'll see if they respond.

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  • Dylan B.
  • 8/12/2015 3:01:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSlight problem

Pros: Easy to setup and install and also did not arrive DOA and has given out of my yet (fingers crossed that it won't for a while/ever until I want to upgrade again).

Cons: Had a problem with the eKiller2001 part on the motherboard. Had RAM leaks which caused my ram to be running WAY higher than normal (70% while idling, 85-90% while gaming). I fixed this by going into regedit and changing 1 thing around. Although It was fixed it just should not have ever been a problem in the first place.

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  • Renee V.
  • 8/4/2015 5:40:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMore disappointing with each day

Pros: Purchased to replace a defective ASUS Motherboard. No performance bottlekneck to speak of. Performs well with my i7-4790, and has ample expansion slots and fan connectors.

Cons: USB 3.0 header came with broken pin out of box. Did not RMA because I couldn't afford not to have a computer, USB 2.0 works fine, but isn't ideal.

After about a week, the BIOS started acting oddly -- mouse and keyboard input started to become erratic. I tried switching to classic bios, and it minimized the issues, but it wasn't great. I tried flashing the bios, and the problems persisted. The 'HD' bios interface is very unintuitive; it provides easy access to advanced options and makes everyday options hard to locate.

These issues were tolerable, if not convenient, but the most unacceptable problem arose before the 4 month mark. The PCI 3.0 slot died with no apparent cause. The GPU in the slot was untouched, and there were no power outages or surges in my area leading up to the event. After removing the card to prevent further damage, I tested it in an older board and experienced no problems. No other parts of the board seam to be affected, and the devices in other slots are working.

I may update my opinion of the product depending on my dealings with customer service, however, the inconvenience of having a second defective board this year may sour me against it.

Other Thoughts: Given the opportunity, I would not repeat this purchase.

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 125509 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Reid H.
  • 8/3/2015 9:51:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI must be one in a million

Pros: When the motherboard worked it seemed to have really nice overclocking abilities and seemed to communicated really fast through all the devices.

Cons: I don't even know where to start. When I received the motherboard and first installed it. I booted it up and it took FOREVER i would say around 15 minutes. As I got into windows and loaded my drivers, I noticed how awful my fps, response and cpu performance was. So I restarted the computer. The computer booted in 9 seconds and ran flawlessly. So I thought everything was okay. I turned the computer off and went to sleep. When I got up the next day I turned my newly built PC on and here we go again. My boot time takes around 15 minutes but this time I went into the bios and noticed that the bios was really laggy and just couldn't do anything because of how bad and laggy it was. So I hit the reset button and it booted in about 9 seconds again.... It was flawless in bios and was running so well. I booted into windows and gamed for a couple of hours and shut it down to go eat lunch. When I came back and turned it on it took 15 minutes to boot again and when I got into windows it was awful laggy. I had to restart the computer 3 times to get a good successful boot. It never boots properly when It's first turned on and it always takes around 40 minutes to get to my windows abd make it playable for games. I always have problems with it not recongizing hardrives and dvd drives. And I just am so done with it. I've tried everuthing to fix it and it's not anything I can do. It's been like this since day one and newegg will not take it back because its been too long. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't at fault and may have had something hooked up wrong before I sent it back. I am not happy about this purchase but I guess I will shell out some more money for an asus motherboard.

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 125397 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • STEPHANE B.
  • 7/28/2015 8:57:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far, So good

Pros: This mobo got pretty much all the bells and whistle you would wish for and will certainly do the job for an average setup. It was very easy to install, and the BIOS is user friendly. So far So good... after reading a lot of reviews on this mobo I could understand that buying it was a coin toss, either it's working great or it's crashing, rebooting or just plain dead... but for now it's working great, kept my finger crossed I guess. I'll come back to this revue if anything bad happens...

Cons: None that I can think of or that are important enough to mention, for the price this is a great motherboard and it does what it's suppose to do in the first place.

Again after reading a lot of reviews, that most of the cons beside major issues, like crashing rebooting or DOA, were just technical installation problems which in fact aren't related to the quality of the motherboard itself. Overall I find it to be a good little board for the price.

Other Thoughts: System components:
i7-4790K@4.4Ghz OC CPU
GeForce GTX 760 2Gb 256Bit VGA
Samsung EVO 840 250Gb SSD
Corsair H60 WCU
Corsair AX860i PSU
Zalman Z11+ Cc

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  • Tyler M.
  • 7/3/2015 12:13:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Great Performance Easy Bios setup!

Cons: None

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  • Danielle N.
  • 6/29/2015 8:14:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDied 3 months in

Pros: Lots of Features

Cons: Died within 3 months.

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  • Jason W.
  • 6/8/2015 11:47:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNothing but problems from this board

Pros: The board offered great features for the price and I have used several other Gigabyte boards without issue.

Cons: Since the day I got this board and built a new system with it I have had issue after issue. The problems have ranged from intermittent shut down and restarts to full on crashes as well as random port and connector failures. I will be looking to have this board RMA'd and replacing it.

Other Thoughts: After the experience I have had with this board it will make me think twice about replacing it with another Gigabyte board. The only reason I gave it one egg is because you have to.

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 123059 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Jose L.
  • 6/6/2015 11:48:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Motherboard, Better than I expected!

Pros: This is some really nice peace of hardware, very easy to install, yeah it is a bit smaller than regular ATX motherboards, but no big deal for me. As far as UEFI, I don't believe that there are others complaining about not being a user friendly BIOS, this is some really nice and very easy to use BIOS, I loved it, I was thinking that maybe I was not going to be able to go through it very easy, but I was surprised, so in my opinion, I would not believe those who say this is not a very friendly UEFI, its by far one of the best I've used. Also let me OC my 4690K to 4.5 GHz with no problems at all.

Cons: For the moment, on my 1st month of use there are no cons I can share, but we hope everything stays smooth all the way.

Other Thoughts: Core i5 4690K @ 4.5 GHz
GA-Z97X Gaming 5
8GB G.Skills Sniper Ram
Asus Strix GTX 970
EVGA 750 PSU

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