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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI 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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  • Anonymous
  • 7/31/2014 1:40:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggshell yeahh

Pros: this motherboard makes me feel like I'm in 84' rockin' a fresh cut mullet in my T-top irocZ-z

Cons: didn't come with a Pamel Anderson poster

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5 out of 5 eggsA class act, par excellence!

Pros: This is an amazing black beauty w/ gorgeous red anodized heat sinks I’ve coupled it with an i3-4330 Haswell Dual-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150. The combo kicks; although the CPU is a dual core, its four threads giving the impression, it’s a quad core; it’s newer Intel 4600 graphics are as good as-or better than a lot of discrete graphics boards.

The last time I looked there were 172 (one hundred seventy-two) LGA 1150 ATX motherboards listed on this web site. I’ve decided to stick with what I’m familiar with for “comparison” purposes paralleling it with a prestigious LGA 1155 motherboard w/ Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge Quad-Core 3.3GHz CPU; illustrating the evolution of CPU & MB technology. Candidly, I prefer the 1150 i3 w/ GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI over the pricier combo mentioned.

The i3-4330 has hyper threading the i5-2500K doesn’t; its HD 3000 graphics aren’t as good as the i3’s newer Intel 4600 graphics. The GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA motherboard comes with perks, i.e., “Main BIOS" and a "Backup BIOS," (users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings and/or power failure during an update process). There’s an anti-surge IC, 4K “ultra” HD support - plus - high-performance (Realtek ALC1150 115dB) HD Audio, supplemented with a built-in rear audio amplifier - and - more. . . .

Keep in mind a chain is as strong as its weakest link; the brain of a PC is the CPU; its heart is the motherboard (architecture, chipset & BIOS) which brings it to life. Then there’s its soul, the operating system & organs the peripherals. Gigabyte has done an excellent job tying it all together, capitalizing on the qualities of the GA-Z97X-SLI chipset; kudos to the Gigabyte & Intel engineers.

Cons: I have no quibbles with the motherboard; I do with the OS authentication process. It’d be wonderful, if updating key components were as simple as swapping components. It may take < fifteen minutes to swap a motherboard and hours to format, reinstall & update an OS; MS licensed keys are paired to unique hardware configurations; CPU, motherboard, memory, hard drive and etcetera.

Recycling an operating system is contingent on the original license origination (retail, OEM); you can get a new activation key online and/or by calling the phone number provided. Attempting to transfer an activation key from a factory-made machine (i.e., HP) is iffy. The process requires an installation disc with activation key; without one id’ suggest one of the following. (1.) Buy an OEM version or retail version from Newegg. (2.) Download/install the newest 64 bit version of Ubuntu.

Other Thoughts: I’m familiar with PCs ranging from mini, Micro ATX, ATX Mid Tower to ATX Full Tower (my favorite). Sure, others are space savers, but they sacrifice the Lego/tinker toy flexibility I value. The beauty of a big ATX case is the luxury real estate it represents, which translates into modular ease/flexibility a complex piece of equipment can be assembled, maintained and updated - versus - cramming as much stuff into as small space as possible making the task unwieldy.

There’re countless ATX castoff carcasses sitting in garages and closets, which could easily have exciting new lives with MB/CPU transplants such as the aforementioned. It’s a shame to waste an otherwise good power supply, memory, optical & hard drive and case - when - with a little effort and a prudent investment; computer alchemy is possible. The process has evolved to the point where anyone who can follow fairly simple instructions with screwdriver, steady hand and patience can do it. Beforehand read the requirements; verify you’ve got what you’ll need to make the swap (listed under specifications on the product page); needed additional bit & pieces can be had (economically) on daily e-mail deals.

This install is one of the easiest I’ve done; the MB has fewer case fastening points. The front-panel header is color coded; markings are easy to read (contrasting against black), there’re explanations inside sockets (i.e., audio). If you’ve installed a motherboard, installing this will be virtually intuitive - otherwise - the excellent instructions provided are simple and straight forward on a par with the best I’ve seen. As previously mentioned, there’re one hundred seventy-two LGA 1150 ATX motherboards listed on this web site; I’d venture to say, this’s one of the better ones.

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  • John T.
  • 7/15/2014 12:13:30 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsComplete Waste of Time and Money

Pros: It worked that one time!

Cons: It doesn't work at all

Other Thoughts: I can not believe the amount of time I've wasted just trying to get my computer to boot up again.

One of the reviewers reported having similar issues then posted the solution - Reset the CMOS.

Surprisingly enough, this actually worked - once.

After rebooting the computer a second time I once again ran into the same issue - this time the power button doesn't even work.

This must be the absolute worst purchase I've ever made on Newegg.

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 111889 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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  • Jason J.
  • 7/11/2014 8:12:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGA-Z97X-SLI

Pros: -SLI and Crossfire capable
-Laid out well in my opinion
-Front USB 3.0 Header
-Plastic cover over the CPU slot to protect from damage while shipping
-Manual answers any questions one could have
-BIOS software works well
-M.2 and eSATA connectors (eSATA connector on the internal board, not I/O panel)

Cons: -Could have more USB slots on I/O panel, based off other manufacturers in this price range
-Could have an eSATA port connector on the I/O panel
-Could have more than 3 fan headers (all are 4 pin)

Other Thoughts: This was my first standalone motherboard purchase. I was using an old Dell motherboard in my Corsair 300r, and decided that it was time to upgrade from my i7-920 (got the 4960K). Installation was really like legos for adults as many people will tell you, except it is made easier by the fact that the parts only go one way.

Packaging took a ding as the box had signs of being struck, however the motherboard itself had no damage.

What I really noticed when installing this motherboard is that it seemed to be short compared to my old Dell motherboard. The Dell mobo allowed screws into all 9 screw holes in the Corsair 300r, however this motherboard only reached 6, it seemed much shorter in length. This was no issue however, and allowed me to access more of the cases holes for cable management.

Overall I am giving the mobo a 4/5 as I've only had it for a day, but my first impressions are that it should serve me very well. Have yet to tap into the overclocking functions so I cannot comment on those. I chose Gigabyte as ASUS seemed somewhat overrated and MSI seemed to have only average reviews (based solely on motherboards, my 770 is an MSI and I would recommend it to anyone), Gigabyte seemed to be in the middle and in my opinion the middle ground is a safe bet.

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4 out of 5 eggspretty good board

Pros: this is the second Z97 board I own. my first board is a gaming version, this board is somewhere between a gaming version and a performance version. So it can basically do both or in essence anything you want it for. it has some really great features its compatable with gen 4 intel chips and the newly released 5 gen intel chips...which is a first for intel that I know of. also it has sata express and on board m.2 sata connector(10 gb's) dual bios, 2 way sli/crossfire support. the board's size it kinda small it not quite full atx sized . but I put in my test and hooked it up with no problem what so ever. I used an h100i to cool and it cools around 28c . the board overclocks real good and the bios is simple I only had to refer to the manual twice..i don't currently have an m2 ssd or sata express to test out but needless to say the board is future proof for awhile . it looks sweet in my build and runs like a dream...I totally recommend this board for a budget intel build

Cons: the only cons I can think of are it could have a couple more sata ports simply because sata express hasn't taken hold just yet or m..2 as well. the board is a couple inches shorter width wise which congests the board a little. also if you look at the other boards in the Z97 line up it looks a lot different looking not as cool looking as the others...but some people won't care about that

Other Thoughts: here's my test rig

gigabyte Z97-SLI
intel haswell I5 4690k (o.c to 4.6 stable)
16 gigs corsair dominator platinum 1866 (o.c to 2133)
Samsung 840 evo 250 gb
wd 1 tb
windows 7 pro
corsair hx750
XFX R9 280X
coolermaster comos se

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  • Bernardo o.
  • 7/3/2014 10:41:38 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsBad experience up to now

Pros: The board looks nice.

Cons: It will not recognize all 16gigs of G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB). It is only running 8gigs on slot 4 & 2. Any other combination will not work. Memory modules work, I switched all 4 modules, 2 pair at a time and they work. Also the sound in this board is terrible. I get garble sound. So far I am not enjoying this board.

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 111611 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 eggsExcellence and Value

Pros: A nice skinny motherboard, will fit most ATX cases, and at least with my case, I found it easier to access and maneuver cables to the pass-through holes in the case to hide them. Also the thinness made it easier to access the SATA ports

It was nice seeing Sata Express on this board, makes it very future-proof. Speaking of that, this board is compatible with the latest "Devils Canyon" CPUs from Intel.

SLI works well with this board, as does crossfire. Found easy overclocking features on this board, and got my i5 to 4.4Ghz.

I found the board very stable, at stock and at the same overclock I had on another board.

Being a fan of SLI/Crossfire, I really like that the two 16x PCI-E slots run at 8x/8x when in SLI/Crossfire as opposed to 16x/4x which, from my experience with other boards, caused some stuttering issue in Crossfire. Also the spacing between the slots is nice as it gives each of the videocards space to breath.

It was great to see that it has both SATA-Express and M2. Together with being able to use "Devils Canyon" and possibly Broadwell, this board has a lot of options for upgradability.

Very fair price for this board considering its feature and upgrade path options.

Cons: I found some negatives to this being a thin board. The memory and Motherboard Heatsinks are really close to the CPU socket, so while my Corsair H60 water-cooler fit in this no problem, I found using my Corsair A50 HSF a bit tougher to install.

The BIOS/UEFI is a bit sketchy to maneuver with a mouse. Switching to the keyboard made it much easier to use, but it still has an older look to it.

Other Thoughts: Checking my i5 4670k on this board, I found the CPU just as overclockable as another, much more expensive, board I have.

I found the price very fair, and I've had very good experiences with Gigabyte motherboards. They have always been stable for me and always have given me a stable overclock.

This board is a great value, with it being a new chipset,, there is no question about it supporting "Devils Canyon" and possibly Broadwell in the future. So owning the board, it makes me happy to know that it provides an upgrade path, not only for the CPU, but with storage due to being able to use either SATA-Express or M2. The cons I found aren't big enough for me to knock an egg, it's a solid board, at a good price that I recommend.

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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Value

Pros: Great list of features that include all the new goodies that Z97 has to offer which allow you to build a very powerful system at a reasonable price.

SIV app is showing correct RAM clocks, something the SOC FORCE board was incapable of.

4.4GHz OC wasn't stable with stock RAM clocks no matter what I tried. On a whim I enabled XMP 2400MHz after also using VRIN LLC to get a stable OC in IBT. Very strange indeed! This is a pro and con because it was making me second guess my settings and the abilities of the hardware I was using.

Able to achieve same 4.4GHz overclock on this board as I was able to with the SOC Force board. Neither board could surpass 4.4GHz with the particular i7 4770k chip I purchased for testing the 2 boards.

VRIN LLC set to turbo gives 1.812V Nice to see that this value is being adjusted which definitely helps in OC of Haswell chips. This VRIN LLC also raises VCore, so this is something to be mindful of!

Cons: Can't install Windows via USB 3.0 port; driver missing. This happened with the Z97X SOC Force board as well. The Z87X-UD5H had only USB 3.0 ports and it had no issue with flash drive Windows install.

Board adds additional voltage compared to BIOS settings. I know from my experience with the Z97X-SOC FORCE board that the Gigabyte System Info Viewer Utility is dead-on accurate for voltages being applied as they matched exactly to what I read with a digital multimeter. This board is applying 0.022-0.034V additional to CPU core; RAM receiving 0.018 additional respectively. I have said this in many reviews that setting a manual Voltage, on any motherboard, can be dangerous especially if you're trying to push your hardware to the limit. You must have ample cooling to be certain you don't damage the board and CPU. I really don't understand why any manufacturer can't just apply the voltage you set in BIOS.

4.4GHz OC wasn't stable with stock RAM clocks no matter what I tried. On a whim I enabled XMP 2400MHz after also using VRIN LLC to get a stable OC in IBT. Very strange indeed!

Can't manually choose 1.65V for RAM. This is odd as 1.65V is the most common voltage for nearly any performance oriented RAM.

If a manual voltage is applied for RAM, enabling XMP profile does not apply XMP voltage. Must reset voltage to auto.

SIV app alters what fan settings you have chosen in the BIOS until you alter the settings in the SIV windows app.

Other Thoughts: Board feels a bit light compared to others I have worked with; but it didn't stop the board from performing.

Windows install loaded very quickly via flash drive; some boards tend to lag before you can continue through the prompts.

I initially had issues with Windows installation, but this turned out to be a faulty Kingston V300 SSD. After looking into Kingston's recent shady dealing with these drives, I would avoid that particular model like the black plague!

Complete Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit installation with 1 reboot and connecting to Google.com in 10 min 10 sec.

Use Europe mirror for driver downloads.

The Microsoft Hotfix for Intel Management Engine Interface is included with the IMEI driver download in a folder, as well as a separate download on the site. This hotfix is not necessary if your Win7 is up to date.

If using an AIO water cooler, be sure to set whichever fan header you plug the pump into to FULL ON. The PWM/auto function will not run the pump at full speed. This can cause a gurgling/cavitating water sound that is very annoying!

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5 out of 5 eggsPerfect board for the masses

Pros: • Great feature-set at a low price
• Attractive board for open window builds
• Great PCI-E spacing for SLI/Crossfire
• A pair of x8 PCI-E slots for dual GPU builds (as opposed to the “SLI capable…with a x4 slot”)
• Software package that has some nice applications worth using
• Board layout is good overall
• M.2 slot on the board
• DualBIOS (for those failed overclocking experiments)
• Enough overclocking options in the bios to have a little fun
• Secondary CPU fan header (good for fan-speed control with dual-fan CPU coolers)
• Flexible memory support (speed/brand)
• Narrow ATX spec (good for smaller mid-tower cases)
• 3-year warranty
• Comes with case badge (a LOL for me – but a lot of people gripe when there isn't one included)

Cons: • None at all for the price point – so I will start my notes HERE:

Went with a budget initial build. I figured that your average builder wouldn't dump a 4770k/2400 MHZ RAM/ SLI GTX-780’s into a board like this.

Specs:

Pentium G3220/stock cooler
8GB 1333 RAM
IGP for graphics
Intel 240GB 530 SSD
700wt OCZ Modstream PSU

Windows 8 install from a USB 2.0 drive had me at a desktop pulling updates in less than 7 minutes. All devices properly detected.

I used an open-air test bed for the build, but for somebody building in a case, show a little care when inserting the 24-pin, as this is a narrow ATX board (right-edge standoffs are not used), so there isn't much support along that edge. A lot of people list this as a CON, but it’s actually nice to have the narrower spec in a smaller mid-tower box where space is at a premium. Besides, it’s not like you’re constantly removing/inserting the 24-pin, so who cares. It’s one and done for most people.

Overall board layout is solid. Wide PCI-E spacing for airflow running multi-GPU setups, and enough spread around the CPU socket, that larger-size air coolers shouldn't be much of a problem (outside of the stock cooler, I also popped on an Enermax ETS-40 (no issues), and a Corsair H55 (the secondary fan header was excellent for this, giving me a place for the pump header/fan header that allowed the mobo to control the pump/fan speeds for me). Some people will gripe about the SATA headers being under the GPU area. Again, it’s not much trouble to pop 2 screws + a PCI-E lock, nor are you doing it that often. They have to put those SATA headers somewhere, and if they were placed below the GPU area, it would still be too cramped to get your fingers in – so you’re popping the card anyway. I see this as a negative point in a lot of reviews, and just don’t understand why it’s a problem. So good overall board layout, with no complaints on my end.

Other Thoughts: I/O on the backplane is what you see at this price point. A little light on the USB 3.0 ports, and no optical out. The Z97X-SLI does include the legacy PS-2 port (great for failed overclocking experiments that require a PS-2 keyboard to access the bios), and a couple of USB 2.0 ports (very useful for USB 2.0 devices that get twitchy on USB 3.0 ports). Board I/O is standard, with front panel USB connectors, the same tired front panel connector block (somebody needs to set a standard here, so a single block-plug can be used), and a couple legacy PCI slots (nice for they guy that is still using a nice quality PCI sound card, or RAID card).

Bios isn't bad. Actually has some memory timing options (not usually seen in a budget board bios), and enough voltage settings to allow you to play. The UEFI interface looks nice, and is easy to navigate. Included software package had a couple of highlights, with the Windows GUI BIOS updater working flawlessly, downloading the latest BIOS from Gigabyte’s site, and updating without issue. The Smart Start software was also cool, as it returns the Windows 7 start button functionality to a Windows 8 build (similar to Stardock’s Start 8 widget). The remaining software included the normal stuff to get you up and running (drivers, Adobe Reader), and a Gigabyte branded overclocking tuner (see notes below).

We know the Z97X-SLI is solid for a budget gaming build, so time to up the ante on the hardware.

Specs:

4670k w/Corsair H55
16GB 1866 MHZ RAM
EVGA SLI GTX780’s

Took the easy way out, and used Gigabyte’s EasyTune software within the App Center. Pulled a pretty easy 4.24 GHZ overclock. Didn't run Prime 95 for stability, just played COD Ghosts for a couple hours, and had no issues. Would love to have tried an M.2 SSD, but they have two different connectors, and with the tech being so new, most of the drives are out of stock.

A really nice offering from Gigabyte here. The Z97X-SLI offers a nice mix of features, capability, and looks, for not a lot of money (current price is $124 here at Newegg.com). Proof that you don’t need to open up your wallet for quality and functionality. It’s tough to admit sometimes, but folks who build their own machines for gaming, with the intent of doing a little overclocking, almost always spend more than they need to on the motherboard, due to marketing and hype. The Z97X-SLI is not for hardcore LN2 overclockers, nor is it for people that are trying to set 3dMark records – it’s for the 90%+ in between. Gigabyte has a solid track record for build quality longevity, so pretty safe to say that the Z97X-SLI should be a solid foundation for your 1150 build.

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  • Joshua C.
  • 6/29/2014 9:53:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: When it randomly decides to work it works fine.

Cons: I've done everything from clearing CMOS to updating the BIOS, but the motherboard doesn't seem to want to work. It will take 1 to 2 minutes before the BIOS screen is displayed before loading Windows (and after that, Windows loads in its usual 8 seconds,) but the majority of the time it gives me a blank screen. This happens 9 out of 10 times I turn on the computer. The only TEMPORARY fix I've found for this motherboard is completely removing the battery, waiting until there's absolutely no power, putting it back in, and turning on the computer. This is ridiculously annoying because I need to both remove the GPU to reach the battery and then reset the BIOS to the way I like it (CPU overclocked to 3.9Ghz, etc.)

Other Thoughts: This is my SECOND review - my first one never actually appeared. I made this review back when this motherboard had no other reviews, but mine never managed to reach this page.

I also tried calling the company. They immediately tried blaming the CPU and the PSU (which work perfectly fine on my buddy's Z87 chipset motherboard,) and refused to send me a new one before I send in this motherboard. That's 3 weeks of waiting for a new board to ship, 3 weeks without a working desktop, and 3 hours of removing everything from the motherboard.

Hey, Gigabyte, where's my warranty, huh?

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 111388 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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