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

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  • Kevin S.
  • 8/21/2014 11:55:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBest Bang for the Buck

Pros: M.2
Sata Express
SLI/CF Support
PCI Support
full featured, 32gb of ram, enough USB's on the back, good overclocking

Cons: none so far, would've liked to see a DisplayPort since they're royalty-free to use on boards

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a test bench at a repair shop because of the wide array of things it can test, like any type of storage drive including m.2 or SATA express, or any monitor with dvi vga or hdmi. Very happy, it OC'd the Pentium Unlocked to 4.7 on 1.35v, you really can't beat it for the money.

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  • Edward R.
  • 8/12/2014 5:39:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA solid, feature-packed Z97 board on a budget

Pros: Rich feature set and easy over-clocking options. Solid design. Benchmarks well. Implementation of Realtek-1150 on board sound is so well isolated, that I cannot detect any board-induced noise over my headphones, using the front headphone jack on my case.

Cons: A bit narrower than the usual ATX-spec board, but not enough to cause any issues in my setup.

Other Thoughts: My previous Gigabyte mobo has been running strong for the last 6 years, and is still in use today. I am looking forward to enjoying that same level of durability in this board.

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  • Bradly E.
  • 8/9/2014 11:07:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsInteresting...

Pros: -Worked out of the box
-Definitely Durable
-Quality Built
-Decent onboard audio!

All things I've come to expect from Gigabyte are in this board. It's probably the best board you can get for the cost.

Cons: -The bios is quirky, I'll leave it at that (Functions well).
-It's not the Sniper.
-Does not make breakfast.

Other Thoughts: WARNING:

Cooler Master EVO 212 USERS! DO NOT TIGHTEN THE BRACKET TOO TIGHT. No amount of excess tightening will fix the flawed bracket system on the 212. It wiggles a bit, it's normal.

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  • Benjamin B.
  • 8/1/2014 5:05:22 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGigabyte Z97X-SLI

Pros: -SLI
-Matches my color-coordinated build :P
-Easy to use and install parts
-A fair amount of Case Fan Headers
-With SLI cards, THEY HAVE ROOM TO BREATHE. Seriously, it pains me to see two cards directly next to each other (how hot they must be....). My two ASUS GTX760s can breathe with this board.

Cons: -PCI slots are x16 and x8. Good enough for SLI, but I would have preferred 2x16 slots.

Other Thoughts: I've had great experiences with Gigabyte so far, and I am not disappointed!

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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 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 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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