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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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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
G1™ Gaming Motherboards

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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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Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network

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

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Learn more about the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 5

Quick Info


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

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  • Jacob H.
  • 5/21/2015 6:12:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing!

Pros: Where to start!? This motherboard is the best "bang for your buck". With the Z97X chipset ready for both 4th and 5th gen Intel processors, attractive design, great BIOS and other applications, you can't go wrong!

The Ultra Fast Boot allows me to boot the system from a total power off, to playing BF4, in less than 45 seconds! ...assuming you have the adequate processor and SSD to match.

Cons: Only one thing I would change, the size. This board is about 1 inch narrower than my previous board and with my Cooler Master Cosmos case, I cannot get all the motherboard mounting screws mounted, it simply does not extend to the last 3 mounts. Other than that, I cannot complain!

Other Thoughts: Pure Performance, Pure Power, Perfect Purchase!

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  • Jared W.
  • 5/1/2015 1:59:31 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Great Bios
Great Audio
Good Aesthetics

Cons: Flimsy headers

Other Thoughts: I like this motherboard a lot. The audio sounds great the BIOS is fantastic like on most Gigabyte boards. The board itself has a strip of red LED lights on it which I wasn't expecting but it looks good.

My problem is the extremely flimsy and tight headers. You have to be surgically precise to plug anything into them because they are very tight and very delicate. This is not a good combination. You have to push and pull hard to plug or unplug things, but if something isn't aligned perfectly you can definitely damage it. I accidentally broke a pin in my USB 3.0 header this way and now I can't use it, which is really annoying. I didn't abuse it or anything.

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  • Wojciech W.
  • 4/10/2015 7:14:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works perfectly

Cons: none

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  • Charles W.
  • 4/6/2015 5:17:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Board

Pros: Nice design

Cons: Date and Time lags severally. Changed battery no help

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Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 121042 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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  • Trevor M.
  • 4/3/2015 8:07:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO but the sound quality is very odd.

Pros: Looks awesome, runs well, 3 way crossfire support and cool bios.

Cons: The audio is a very weird situation. The io audio jack plays back really distorted audio while the case jack plays it back really well. Ive downloaded all the drivers im just not sure whats wrong.

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  • Vernon S.
  • 4/1/2015 7:05:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUpdate

Pros: This is an upate: Newegg has done it again. I was able to RMA without a problem, installed the board and it works perfect. The layout is good, instructions were easy and the new BIOS is easy to understand.

Cons: I'm sure it's me but having some difficulty overclocking the ram as the board had the memory rated at 1333MHz instead of 1866MHz stock speed.

Other Thoughts: As stated, having some problems overclock the memory and the CPU. This is a gaming computer for my son, Paired the mobo with an i5-4690K and 16 gigs. Will update his video card from the R9 270x to a GTX 970 when I finish my build. Once I can overclock the memory, he'll be set. Great board overall.

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  • Edward S.
  • 3/19/2015 5:10:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard But Unstable With My G3258

Pros: - Great performance for the price.
- Great onboard audio.
- I love and hate it. Please refer below for the cons.

Cons: - For some reason this motherboard is unstable with my Pentium G3258 at 4.2 GHz at 32-35 degrees celsius on average. I have Windows 8.1 Pro installed. The motherboard shipped with an F5 bios installed, but for some reason it's unstable with the G3258. Occasionally, I'd get an error saying, "Your PC ran into a problem and needs to restart...If you would like to know more, you can search online for this error: WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR..." Then my computer would just restart. This happens at least once a day. It happened to me while I was using Google Chrome, and another instance was when I was playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive.

- Motherboard heatsink is a little wobbly.

Other Thoughts: Gigabyte,

Is there going to be an update for stability of the motherboard and the Pentium G3258?


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  • Anonymous
  • 3/15/2015 4:48:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: + The upgraded bios program runs smoothly. No need to inch your way around with arrows and enter key

+ The sound driver sounds amazing. I run basic headphones / speaker set up and they sound as great studio quality, really worth the investment.

Cons: - None that effected my build

Other Thoughts: Sorry I don't have enough knowledge to explain pros or cons on mobos. All I can say is did was it was intended too, the board looks nice, and it felt easily into my case.

I'm running a 4690k, GTX 660TI, and 8gb of ram

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  • Farhana S.
  • 3/10/2015 9:12:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsI underestimated this board.

Pros: Z97 overclocking capability. 8-phase power design with metal chokes and nice looking heat-sinks. Comes with all black-caps. Nice components for the OC.

Sound. This board comes with a great sound card built in with gold nichicon caps and gold plated jacks. But quality of the card and amp is great. Don't waste your money on another board just because it's sound branding looks cool (*cough cough* ROG SupremeFX). Same great ALC1150 chip. Gigabyte makes one of the best onboard sound cards no doubt.

Board looks great. Black matte PCB and nice red accents here and there that also shine metal quality. Love the G1 eye on the chipset heatsink. Nice and brushed aluminum. Looks better in real life than in pictures. Trust me. The first time I opened the box I stared at it for about 10 minutes before finally continuing installation.

M.2. Though every Z97 board usually has this it's a nice add-in. SATA express is also great in a more budget oriented Z97 board.

UEFI Dualbios. When one BIOS goes down, you got the other. But this is great because I'm more used to the classic BIOS. There's the option for the more eye-pleasing version as well with the use of a mouse and HD.

Everything is laid out well. Fan headers on the edges, two beside the CPU, and one behind the left heatsink. Perfect placement for headers on ALL mobos. Of course the majority of headers are on the bottom and USB 3.0 with SATA off to the side. Perfect layout.

RAM is easy to overclock using OC settings, but the CPU overclocking is questionable. For that, I just use the classic BIOS. Gigabyte has it's CPU OC boosts ranging from a 20% boost to 100% (but 100% isn't actually double the GHz ._.) using BIOS preferred settings. Those never really worked for me, but you guys can give it a shot.

Fair amount of USB ports. 4 USB 3 and 4 USB 2. Only 2 USB 2 headers though which is a downer as I use up both (one for Corsair Link with my H80i and the other for the front I/O).

Overall great board. Has all the features you would ever need in a super cost-effective package. Love it. Price/performance rekt.

Cons: 5 fan headers. Ehh it's okay but some boards come with 6 or 7. Used up all headers with this board for my fans. But it's a cheaper board. Whatever.

Pretty bad BIOS to work around with thus the reason I deducted an egg (or half one). It's a great BIOS, but I'm saying it's bad for the first-time overclocking experience. The board comes with dualbios and if you're overclocking, just use the classic bios. The newer one is much friendlier to the eye but loses on functionality as I find it hard to find the voltage settings and everything. I could only get my CPU to 3.7 GHz which is terrible (for a Pentium G3258), but I don't know if that was the mobo not communicating properly or just a loss in the silicon lottery. Nonetheless I just cannot set voltages to constant, it always switches to adaptive which I hate.
But considering the overclock was most likely just the CPU, it's okay. The BIOS had just been a meh experience for me. Still great, but the Classic BIOS is the really only useful one for proper overclocking.

Not a con but only use the driver disk to install LAN drivers. That's it. Then go on the internet and install the rest. The disc itself is super buggy with the software on it and lags and stuff.

Minor complaint but only 4 SATA 6G if you are using SATA express. Ehh it's ok.

Another minor complaint is that it is not full-size ATX. So be careful when installing that 24-pin connector to the mobo. Thing looks hella durable so it shouldn't bend and break unless you call in the hulk. Also, cables will show off more if you route cables to the back. It would look better with sleeved cables.

Killer E2200 can mess with you sometimes. Sometimes the drivers will crash and force you to re-enable manually. Overall, it's not bad considering it has only happened twice.

Majority of these cons are minor. If it weren't for my experience with the BIOS, I would not have deducted an egg. But 4 eggs seems fine anyways.

Other Thoughts: I've had this board for approximately 5 months now and I cannot be impressed enough. I was saddened by the fact that the other boards were out of my budget, but it turned out better than I thought. Just get used to the BIOS. Play around with it for a while. That's it. The board looks great, performs great, and just IS great. A definite recommend from me. 9/10 if I could or 4 and a half eggs. Just not the full 5 or 10 for the BIOS experience.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/1/2015 1:29:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board but...

Pros: Good features overall. Plenty of storage space with 6 sata ports and an M.2 socket as well. Also has the ability for an SLI setup. A straight forward setup mobo works great out of the box, when it works correctly*. Aesthetically pleasing too with a red led strip to break up the back of the board, a nice little touch. Bios layout is decent, I personally prefer Asus's setup more.

Cons: Had a major problem with this board from day 1. Had this very odd problem where it would BSOD or restart itself when idle after 5+ minutes. Would run fine when in use even for several consecutive hours. If left on and idle though for about 5 minutes it would restart itself or BSOD with error codes associated with overheating. This problem happened even if it was just turned on for those short minutes. I tried updating the bios and everything else I could think of. Still had to eventually RMA. Gigabyte said that there "was a problem with my bios setup that had to be flashed". After this major inconvenience everything seems to run fine. Would've given it 4 or 5 stars if it didn't have to put in for an RMA.

Other Thoughts: Intel 4790k
Sapphire R9 290 tri-x
G. Skill 16gb 2400mhz trident x
Samsung 840 Eco 240 gb OS windows 7 pro
4x WD black 1TB raid 10
Corsair h100i
Corsair hx750
Corsair 750D

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