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GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 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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  • Brian E.
  • 12/17/2014 12:38:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGamer Approved

Pros: USB 3.0, SATA III, Solid Capacitors, Dual Bios, Overclock capabilities, Raid.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I have a computer repair business and over the years I have found the best performance and reliability out of Gigabyte boards paired with Intel Processors. I used this board to build a budget gaming system and the first game we tried was Battlefield 4. Overclocking was easy with the Bios built in performance features. Works great with no problems on all games we have throw at it over the last 4 months. Very Stable.

System Build Specs:

GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 Mother Board
8GB Team Xtreme (2 x 4GB) DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) RAM
Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell Quad-Core 3.3GHz
SAPPHIRE 100364-4GL Radeon R9 270X 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 Video Card (Dual-X Edition)
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

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  • Ryan B.
  • 11/3/2014 9:51:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointing Dead Motherboard

Pros: I can't really say much positive about a motherboard that doesn't work, I'll say the price was good for all the features it has. It has all the features I wanted; just the fact it is dead I can't do anything with it.

Cons: Where to start? First off when I went to go power on my pc, the lights on the led fans and the led light on the board would switch on for a second and turn back off. So I decided to check the wiring and make sure everything was in correctly, so it was and then I tested it again and same result when I powered on the first time. So I tried to call a local store for some tech support and they said to check if your powersupply is working. I brought it to them and then they tested it and yes indeed the powersupply works, so then we took out the board and unplugged everything out of the board for any physical damage. None at all, we then plugged everything back in and turn on the powersupply and then the led light on the board flickered and turned back off. So the guy working there told me I have a dead motherboard, but everything else was working fine. I guess that's the only good thing about this story.

Other Thoughts: I requested an RMA for this board and it's currently on its way to newegg returns so hopefully I will get a replacement board in the coming weeks. I will update this review on my replacement board when it comes in.
i5 4690k
GA-Z97-HD3 motherboard
16 gig ram G skill 1600mhz
128 gig SSD
1TB Hard drive
Gigabyte Radeon HD 7950 (for now, will upgrade to a GTX 970)
PSU 620w Seasonic

Manufacturer Response:

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/25/2014 8:35:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood board

Pros: The design of it looks cool. It is a great choice for the price.

Cons: They should update the picture, the heat sinks on my board came black. The ones in the pic. are orange. Which was kid of a bummer. Other than that, there was really no cons.

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  • Victor B.
  • 9/3/2014 9:40:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK

Pros: Decent motherboard for the price

Cons: Sata connectors somewhat flimsy. Sata cables not secured firmly when connected.
USB ports not powerful enough to power certain usb devices. My old Intel motherborad was doing better to provide power, but with this motherboard I need to use shorter cables to make them work.

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  • Thomas T.
  • 8/28/2014 7:03:16 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Great board for the price ($99 when I bought it). I can't say much except that it works as advertised. I've had no problems with it so far.

Cons: The rear IO panel feels extremely cheap. It has sloped metal tabs on the left and right of each of the bigger ports (HDMI and USB for example, but not the smaller audio ports) that are probably supposed to help you plug things in just in case you miss a little bit, but I find them to be ugly and gives the panel a weird spiky look. However, this is only the rear IO panel, which no one really looks at anyway.

Other Thoughts: The width was smaller than expected. It only used about 2/3 of the screws for an ATX board in my NZXT Phantom 410. As such, it looks really compact in my case, but it's not a big deal for me.

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  • Anthony A.
  • 8/14/2014 8:08:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: better than my Asus Maximus IV Extreme $300+ motherboard

OCed to 4.5ghz and 4.7ghz automatically no problem. 4.7Ghz wanted 1.4 but 4.5 wants 1.3. It did it by itself : )

There's also other performance settings in bios that does it by itself which I like. Like memory performance enhance and 3DMark01 boost which obviously makes other stuff faster not just that software.

Cons: Base audio and LAN but I'm using a Creative ZxR and Qualcomm 2100 Network card.

Other Thoughts: I have a 690 GTX and I was using the NF200 and at times the PCIE 2.0 of the P67 2600k/3770K

I had that board for a while but then I moved to this. The stuttering in Dota 2 in certain areas is completely gone!!

Also the SATA 6gb Intel ports are great. I had only 2 in 6gbps so I used it for RAID-0 for my gaming HD but for my OS I had to use Marvel and it was slower. Now everything is faster.

I went from 3770k to 4690K and games run smoother.

All I did was change motherboard and processor. My HDs are all SSD.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/3/2014 6:06:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsLow Quality SATA Pins

Pros: It's a decent motherboard for the price.It has many features on it you would normally find in higher-end motherboards for a higher price.

Used it for a new build i put together and it's doing well so far with my other components installed.We will see down the line how long it lasts.

Cons: The only problem i have with it is how fragile the 6 SATA pin connectors are.Either they used low quality pins to secure the housing,or poor quality control and design was implemented here.

Can't believe how easily they come loose and break when connecting other stuff to it.

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  • motek k.
  • 7/23/2014 9:01:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot Bad

Pros: Cheap
Great features

Cons: some what small ( was a bit small in my NZXT H440)
Sata 3 6g/s were not angled

Other Thoughts: it seems to do minor overclocking (CPU, RAM)
It is not aesthetically pleasing
Cheap Rear I/O ( OK for the price)

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  • Robert D.
  • 7/22/2014 1:14:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock Solid...

Pros: Rock Solid stability.. Not overclocking yet but haven't had one issue with this board. Very stable, ultra fast. Installed with XP.. some drivers do not work in XP, but overall its working well.

Windows XP-sp3 boots in under 10 seconds with sata HD.

Budget Gaming Build:

Intel I5 4690S Processor (65 watt version)
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1600 mhz Ram
Coolermaster TPC 612 CPU Cooler
ASUS GTX750TI-OC-2GD5 Video Card
EVGA 100-W1-500-KR 500W ATX Power supply
Western Digital WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB Hard drive

Prime 95 torture test with this build:
CPU cores stay under 62C

3DMark06 test on video:
GPU core stays under 63C

Cons: Have to enable Intel Extreme memory profile in bios before it will recognize proper ram speed. Minor issues with fast boot in UEFI, couldn't get back into the bios in Fast boot mode, had to reset. Have to manually set the CPU FAN speed, to get best results in prime95.

Intel doesn't fully support haswell in XP, but I knew that before I purchased. Tired of windoze anyway.

Manual update INF files with Intel INF_9.4.0.1027

XP DRIVERS THAT WONT WORK (in case you want to know)

Intel Haswell HD graphics
SM bus controller
does not properly identify the USB controller in XP, but all USB ports still work as 2.0.

Other Thoughts: Its been a while since I built a new PC, but this is so fast I don't know why I even need an SSD for it. It just chews threw every computing task I throw at it, and doesn't break a sweat.

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  • Cache J.
  • 7/12/2014 6:36:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsgreat but sad

Pros: works great nothing wrong with the motherboard itself

Cons: did not support my Corsair pro 2400 ddr3 when i try to change it from 1333 ddr3 it does not support my product
So i guess im stuck with 1333... even though it said OC 2400 this was one of the only boards in my price range with the OC option and will not work

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