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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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  • 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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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Nick D.
  • 8/28/2015 3:35:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooks nice. Didn't work.

Pros: If not working is a pro, then that.

Cons: I've tried to get this to boot multiple times. All the other parts of my computer setup worked fine. Tried multiple configurations. Going to try to return.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/21/2015 10:48:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsReboot cycle solution but Vista cannot be used

Pros: Nice board, I am running mine with an i5, WD Black 1TB disk, and a GTX460SE. 8 gb ram.
For those who get the constant reboot cycle when you power it up, even with nothing plugged in, the problem is the power connection. I have a Corsair 650w psu which comes with more outputs than I will ever need, and luckily it has the 2x4, and the 24 pin plugs. I had the reboot issue when only using the 24 pin (which is all that my old Gigabyte board used), but for this one I had to plug the 2x4 plugs in as well. It then worked fine.

Cons: I have Linux on one HD and my old Vista OS on the other. Plugged the LinuxMint HD in and as expected everything booted up and worked straight off. Nothing to mess about with at all, it just 'worked'.
I then tried the Vista HD. Had to go through the tedious licence phone thing to get a new ID. No LAN? Tried the Gigabyte CD to load the drivers, it would not auto run. Tried running 'run.exe' manually, it told me that it was not compatible with my system.
I searched the web using the Linux OS, and discovered that this board does not support any OS prior to Win7? There are no drivers, and if your only available OS is on the PC into which you have installed the board, you are stuck. You have no internet access, and no USB drivers, so although you can boot into Windows, you cannot use the mouse or keyboard. The mouse light goes out even when going into safe mode, and the keyboard does not function.
Like I said, the Linuxmint OS works perfectly even with a gaming mouse, hooking up my Kindle Fire HD, card reader etc, so it's not the motherboard, it's the fact that there is no way of using Vista or anything earlier on it as there are no drivers for it.

Other Thoughts: The issue seems to be related to a total lack of support by Intel etc, as they provide the drivers for their chips. You may ask why I would want to use Vista, well the answer is simple. I have LinuxMint, which is better by a country mile, and although I can access the Vista HD from LinuxMint, and use Linux for everything that I want to do, I am quite disappointed that I now have a HD and an operating sustem that is no longer supported, and that this information does not appear anywhere on any specs for the board anywhere on the web.

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  • Nicholas T.
  • 8/11/2015 10:40:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsBoot loop

Pros: nothing

Cons: went to boot it up, powered on and off forever, never made my screen wake either. was stuck in a boot loop. returned the product.

Other Thoughts: dont waste time buying this odds of one working are prob 40%

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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 125750 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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  • Brian B.
  • 8/11/2015 6:59:10 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat entry level OC board

Pros: I've had this motherboard for over a year with an i5-4670k. Overclocked my CPU with no problems. I've updated the BIOS to the latest version with no issues. RAM runs at XMP settings just fine.

Cons: Onboard audio lets a little bit of noise/static through. Could have used more shielding.

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  • Michael G.
  • 8/6/2015 6:07:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsEndless boot loop

Pros: Very good manual and the bios interface looked good in screenshots.

Cons: After installing graphics cards, cpu, power supply and memory I attempted to boot the computer. The computer turned on, the fans spun, and after a few seconds it turned off and then back on, only to repeat the process. Apparently I am not the only one with this issue.

Other Thoughts: Had good success with all previous Gigabyte mobos. Disappointed.

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 125563 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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  • Andrew L.
  • 8/2/2015 9:29:54 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsAnother Boot Loop Board

Pros: I will be happy to list some when I get one that works

Cons: Mine cannot get past Windows logo just like so many others. I tried six completely different sets of memory in this. Only the 19200 would work in 2 of the 4 slots. I played with every memory setting imaginable with no avail. Purchased in local brick and mortar as I WAS in a hurry.

Other Thoughts: This is a customer build in my shop. It's taking too long and costing too much to have to work with products like this. I am going to be forced to look at ASUS products again.

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 125339 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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  • Max D.
  • 7/22/2015 6:10:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsShould have read reviews before ordering

Pros: None

Cons: DOA with the endless bootloop. Ordered it as part of DIY combo. As soon as I saw that the mb package is not sealed I felt I am in for a bad surprise. Went online to check and lo and behold everyone got this issue. A first bad experience on Newegg :(

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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 124996 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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  • Adam L.
  • 7/18/2015 12:12:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThese are a nightmare

Pros: They say "Ultra Durable" on the box.

Cons: I bought two of these for two separate computers. One failed pretty quickly and had to be RMAd through Newegg. The other failed right outside Newegg's 30 day RMA period and had to be RMAd to Gigabyte. They have BOTH now failed again, and corrupted important data in the process. I couldn't have these computers be down any longer so I had to buy two NEW motherboards (different brand of course) at additional expense. Now I would just like my money back for these things. I have built more computers than I can count and have never experienced anything like this.

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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 124406 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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  • Peter S.
  • 6/14/2015 9:41:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSo far so good..

Pros: I choose either Gigabyte or Asus MoBos For their dependability and features. Value for $ this product seemed to have what it takes to get the best out of an i7 4790 CPU. The new bios setup is great..

Cons: Could use a few more SATA drive inputs! Since I do video production I have more than 8 HDD connected.. I use a PCIe 2 SATA drive expander to deal with it..

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/4/2015 3:57:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Very easy installation and a good size for most mid or full towers. it doesn't take up all 9 motherboard standoffs which is nice because it saves room
BIOS is fairly easy to use.
Also has a small red audio LED (which can be turned off in the BIOS)

Cons: none really, except for it showed up at my doorstep with the front of the box bashed in... not to sure who's to blame there but thankfully the board was still in perfect condition.

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