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

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)
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GA-Z97X-SLI
Intel® Z97 Chipset

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  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10Gbps data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10Gbps data transfer
  • Intel GbE LAN with CFOS internet accelerator software
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with built-in rear audio amplifier
  • Long lifespan Durable Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

Overview

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GIGABYTE 9 Series Motherboards

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards support the latest 4th & 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute ultimate platform for your next PC build.


Performance
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Extreme Multi-GPU Support

Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFire™ or SLI™ action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.


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M.2 Onboard Connector

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gbps) storage devices.

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SATA Express Connector

SATA Express interface provides multiple PCI Express lanes and two SATA 3.0 6Gbps ports, exposed through the same connector, allowing use of both PCI Express and SATA storage devices. Exposed PCI Express lanes are providing a pure PCI Express connection to the storage device, without any additional layers of abstraction.

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Intel® Gigabit LAN

Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers that features several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.


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cFosSpeed

GIGABYTE motherboards feature cFos Speed, a network traffic management application which helps to improve network latency, maintaining low ping times to deliver better responsiveness in a crowded LAN environment. cFos Speed works in a similar way to an OS driver, monitoring network traffic packets at the application layer, allowing optimization and improved network performance for specific applications.


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Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio

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 two 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.


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Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier

Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ 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.


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APP Center

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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EasyTune™


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Smart Quick Boost provides users with different levels of CPU frequencies to choose to achieve desired system performance.

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Advanced CPU OC allows users to set CPU base clock, frequency, and voltages, and integrated graphics frequency.

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Advanced DDR OC allows users to set the memory clock.

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3D Power allows users to change power phase, voltage, and frequency settings.

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Cloud Station™

GIGABYTE Cloud Station™ is composed of several GIGABYTE unique apps that allow your smart phones/tablet devices to communicate, share resources, and control desktop PCs via wireless connection.


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HomeCloud
HomeCloud allows users to share the files between your smart phone/tablet device and computer or back up the files from the device to the computer.

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HotSpot
HotSpot turns your computer into a virtual wireless access point and allows you to share your connection with your other wireless devices.

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GIGABYTE Remote
GIGABYTE Remote allows users to remotely control the mouse / keyboard / Windows Media Player on your computer from your smart phone/tablet device.

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Remote OC
Remote OC allows users to remotely control their desktop PC with a powerful suite of software functions that Include overclocking and system tweaking, system monitoring plus the ability to also remotely power down/reset the PC when needed.

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Auto Green
Auto Green is an easy-to-use tool that provides users with simple options to enable system power savings via a Bluetooth-enabled smart phone/tablet devices. When the device is out of the range of the computer's Bluetooth receiver, the system will enter the specified power saving mode.

Safe
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All Solid Caps and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs

GIGABYTE uses All Solid Caps (Capacitors) and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs which are rated to work at higher temperatures to provide a longer lifespan.

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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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Durable
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GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) Design

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards feature GIGABYTE DualBIOS™, an exclusive technology from GIGABYTE that protects arguably one of your PC's most crucial components, the BIOS. GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ means that your motherboard has both a "Main BIOS" and a "Backup BIOS," making users protected from BIOS failure due to virus attack, hardware malfunction, improper OC settings or power failure during the update process.


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ESD Protection for USB and LAN

GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.


Power Failure Protection with Anti-Surge IC

GIGABYTE 9 series Ultra Durable™ motherboards also feature special anti-surge ICs that protect your motherboard, and your PC from any surge in power delivery that may occur, helping to ensure that your PC is equipped to deal with any potentially irregular and inconsistent power delivery.

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Humidity Protection with New Glass Fabric PCB

There is nothing more harmful to the longevity of your PC than moisture, and most parts of the world experience moisture in the air as humidity at some point during the year. GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards have been designed to make sure that humidity is never an issue, incorporating a new Glass Fabric PCB technology that repels moisture caused by humid and damp conditions.

Glass Fabric PCB technology uses a new PCB material which reduces the amount of space between the fiber weave, making it much more difficult for moisture to penetrate compared to traditional motherboard PCBs. This offers much better protection from short circuit and system malfunction caused by humid and damp conditions.

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Cool

All New Heat Sink Design

GIGABYTE 9 series motherboards feature new heat sink designs that offer uncompromisingly efficient cooling on key areas of the motherboard including the PWM area and chipset (PCH). GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards offer cooling support of the crucial PWM area so even the most aggressive and extreme configurations will be kept well within optimal thermal parameters.

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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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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.


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HDMI™ - The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gbps 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.


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DVI Support

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a video interface standard designed for carrying uncompressed digital video data and to maximize the visual quality of digital display devices, such as LCD monitors, digital projectors, and so on. In addition, the DVI interface is compatible with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).


  • * The entire materials provided herein are for reference only. GIGABYTE reserves the right to modify or revise the content at anytime without prior notice.
  • * Advertised performance is based on maximum theoretical interface values from respective Chipset vendors or organization who defined the interface specification. Actual performance may vary by system configuration.
  • * All trademarks and logos are the properties of their respective holders.
  • * Due to standard PC architecture, a certain amount of memory is reserved for system usage and therefore the actual memory size is less than the stated amount.

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Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI

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  • Gabriel P.
  • 11/26/2014 1:19:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty good stuff

Pros: The mobo has worked in every aspect I've tested it in.
All of the ports are working, getting the cpu was kinda scary but it was my first time. It doesn't seem to have bent a bit from the time I took it out about 2 months in to check on it and install new CPU Cooler.
-Also, it is doing fine with a Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm on it, sweet deal and the cooler looks raw.
Can't wait to SLI down the road to make use of the old GFX card in the future.

Cons: Nothing, I'm rating it because I think its awesome.

Other Thoughts: It definitely seems as though angry people review more because they're angry. I just want to provide evidence on the contrary.
This motherboard will make you happy, not angry.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/25/2014 6:49:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPlug it and forget it.

Pros: All fan headers have 3-pin fan control, NOT limited to using PWM fans. Pick whatever fans you like.

Board runs great. Not much I can say about the board that you wouldn't already know. It can run SLI obviously and it can overclock, but I'd be concerned with only four chokes in the VRM.

Cons: The second fan header for the CPU, however (believe it is labeled CPU_OPT) does not have any 3-pin fan control. It is supposed to be used with water coolers to connect the pump, but since nearly all pumps are 3 pin it leaves it working full blast all the time and makes things a little noisy. Both CPU headers should really be speed controlled.

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  • Joseph M.
  • 11/25/2014 1:42:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsgreat rebound board !!!

Pros: purchased this board after several ASUS Z87-A boards were RMA'd with the same issues returning (OC error message on startup, even though nothing was OC'd) which lead me to believe that my 1150 4770K was NOT compatible after months of troubleshooting (Feb.2014-present) So, I decided to make the switch to another brand and upgraded board. I decided to try a board swap without formatting the drives like most people normally do. Used driver sweeper to remove all drives that were related to the board (i.e. sound, USB, LAN etc.) swapped boards and came across a small problem. The drivers from the Gigabyte CD were not installing. Under task manager, I found an ASUS process running in the background which was preventing me from installing the drivers. Located the folder, deleted it and WORKED!!!!! Drivers installed properly, system has had no error messages, wakes up from sleep mode and most importantly it boots properly!!! I've been nothing more than satisfied with the results.

Cons: Small but easily resolvable. On the DIMM install page, the instructions contradict each other. On the first sentence, DIMM slots are listed as followed: Chanel A: slots 2 and 4, Channel B: slots 1 and 3. Below this was the picture listing slots from top view, right to left: slots 1,3,2 and 4. Slots 1 and 2 are grey and slots 3 and 4 are black. Below the image it says, "...it is recommended that memory be installed in the same colored socket when enabling dual channel. For optimum performance with two modules, use slots 1 and 2.

The second sentence makes sense which is what I naturally did (BLK with BLK: same color slots). Booted up and had a constant beep noise. Removed one stick and the system booted right up. So, I followed the first instructions (mixed color slot: GRY with BLK) and it worked...some how. Both sticks are listed under channel B, even though they are not on the same color slots.

This was the only issue I found and is a quick fix if you decide to purchase this board and if you come across this issue. May just have been my board.

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  • Alexander Y.
  • 11/24/2014 9:12:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Great price, decent features. This may sound weird, but I really liked how the board fit against the backplate. Gigabyte customer service was pretty quick with their replies.

Cons: My biggest complaint was the fact that the board could not recognize my M.2 drive (Samsung XP941 128GB) as a bootable drive. The drive is listed as compatible on the product's page (to be fair, it DOES work as a normal drive; the BIOS just can't boot to it). After working with Gigabyte customer service for about a week, I tried the drive with an MSI board, and it worked straight away. I got a replacement GA-Z97X-SLI, but it had the same problem, leaving me with the conclusion that the board/BIOS is simply not compatible with the XP941, as Gigabyte claims.

Also, some of the SATA plugs can get completely hidden behind a good-sized graphics card, so make sure you get your SATA devices plugged in before putting in the graphics card.

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 116319 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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  • Josh I.
  • 11/20/2014 1:45:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGA-Z97X-SLI

Pros: Worked fine from the get-go. Plenty of USB ports and PCI slots. No problems installing or booting up. My last Gigabyte motherboard served me well holding a decent overclock for almost 5 years: I was sad I had to give it up when I upgraded my cpu.

The bios is set up very nicely. Tons of configurable settings and options, many of which I have not explored yet.

Cons: Onboard video wastes lots of space with stuff I will never use, but that's Intel's fault, not Gigabyte's.

Other Thoughts: Installing my Zalman CNPS9700 heatsink was a pain in the neck compared to the simplicity of installing on my old AMD board, but it seems to be working fine now.

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  • John Z.
  • 11/4/2014 3:52:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRuns video security system 24/7

Pros: No issues at all. Flawless install and operation. Runs a video security system with 5 HD cams 24/7.

Cons: None.

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  • Jeffrey C.
  • 11/1/2014 9:07:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSame issue as the latest batch of reviews

Pros: None available since I can't get this to work.

Cons: I'm having the same issue as many others. When booting up the rig, it starts for a few seconds, then fully shuts down and reboot over and over again.

Other Thoughts: Since I'm pressured to get a new computer up and running, I had to buy another motherboard (MSI) and it works perfectly.

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 115561 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.

Please check if there is any bent pin in CPU socket, test with single stick of memory, and make sure both 24pin ATX and 8pin ATX-12v powers are connected on motherboard.


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  • Randall H.
  • 11/1/2014 4:29:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMoBo Rocks

Pros: Speed, easy set up, easy to install

Cons: none so far

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  • Dhawi B.
  • 10/31/2014 12:16:15 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible!!!!

Pros: None

Cons: I set up my rig with my professor and this MOBO would freeze randomly and reset Terrible :( Stay away

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 115563 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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  • Donald C.
  • 10/29/2014 11:00:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSame problem as many others

Pros: None?

Cons: When I try my initial boot; all my rig does is start and stop over and over. This has been such a nightmare.

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 115477 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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