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GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 (rev. 2.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3100*(*O.C.)/ 3000*/ 2933*/ 2800*/ 2666*/ 2600*/ 2500*/ 2400*/ 2200*/ 2133*/ 2000*/ 1866*/ 1800*/ 1600/ 1333

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GA-Z97-HD3

 
  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • HD Audio support
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • LAN with high ESD Protection
  • GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer
  • Long lifespan Durable Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
 
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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

Extreme Multi-GPU Support

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AMD CrossFire™ support delivers the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

 

Dedicated Audio Hardware Zone

  • Separation on the PCB layer protects the board's sensitive analog audio components.
  • Separate analog and digital ground to protect against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).
  • LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.
 
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APP Center


GA-X99-SOC Force

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.

 

EasyTune™


GA-X99-SOC Force
 
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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.

Cloud Station™

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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.

LAN Optimizer - Intelligent optimization network management tool

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GIGABYTE LAN Optimizer is designed to allow the user to manage different types of network traffic so that data streams such as HD media, web browsing or online gaming can be prioritized, taking precedence over large data downloads that tend to strangle overall network bandwidth.

 

Durable

All Solid Caps and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs

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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

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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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Safe

GIGABYTE Patented DualBIOS™ (UEFI) Design

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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.

 

ESD Protection for USB and LAN

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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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4K Ultra HD Support

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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.

 

HDMI™-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

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HDMI™ is a High-Definition Multimedia Interface which provides up to 5Gb/s 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.

 

DVI Support

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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).

 

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97-HD3 (rev. 2.0)

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  • Gerrod H.
  • 2/8/2016 3:49:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board. easy to install

Pros: I paid around $200 for this board. This was the first board I have ever bought, and I was deciding between a Gigabyte and MSI board. Ultimately I chose the gigabyte board because there was a rebate on it. I am glad I chose this board because of the ease in which it installed into my case, and how well all the other components fit. I ended up also using a Gigabyte radeon 380 graphics card and everything runs so smoothly together. There is plenty of system fan plugs so i'll never need to worry about cooling. The overall layout of the board works really well for cable management, keeping my case clean looking and allowing my lights to shine on the important components showing off my build. This was the first computer I ever built for my self and I have to say, I will definitely use more gigabyte products in the future.

Cons: I have no real cons for the board itself, the only thing I personally didn't like was one of the software programs that was included changed the start menu back to a windows 8 look. simply uninstalled and Poof! everything back to how I like it.

Other Thoughts: I would highly recommend this board to anyone looking for an affordable board, that still packs a punch. I will, as I stated above, buy more gigabyte products in the

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  • John K.
  • 1/26/2016 6:17:22 PM

5 out of 5 eggsGreat motherboard but no SLI?

Pros: -Has Plenty of USBs
-HDMI
-32 Gb of DDR3 Ram
-Easy to install
-Good Bios

Cons: -No SLI which for a motherboard this expensive should have.

Other Thoughts: -I would recommend it to anyone look for a LGA 1150 socket

Message me if you have any questions!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2016 11:02:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsOne of the Best!

Pros: Clean start up with no delay, no collision with hardware, even with bigger pieces! (liquid cooling, graphic cards, etc.), smooth connections, very pretty style

Cons: A bit smaller/compact then normal.

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/18/2016 6:47:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Basic Board

Pros: -4 RAM slots
-Manual is easy to understand
-No major issues

Cons: -Randomly my PC notifies me an audio device was plugged in, then immediately unplugged. This wouldn't be a big deal, but it makes a loud notification noise, volume goes silent for a few seconds, and when I'm playing Borderlands 2 it completely freezes and I have to restart the computer to fix it, can't even Alt+Tab out. It's rather annoying. I'm assuming this is due to something faulty in the Realtek audio chip, although there is a slim chance it is an issue with the case header plugs.

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  • Everett D.
  • 1/5/2016 5:44:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board - Don't Be Scared by Reviews!

Pros: - Don't be scared off by the reviews. Most customers who are happy with a product do not tend to write a review saying "yeah, it works". However, unhappy customers are much more likely to rant on reviews, leading to a generally lower score. Go check the reviews for $200 motherboards, and you'll see the same phenomenon you see here.
- Well priced.
- The mouse enabled BIOS is really nice (there is a button in the upper right of the BIOS that switches to "ST" mode, which is a different BIOS layout that is really easy to work with).
- The Gigabyte App suite is surprisingly useful. It has a hardware monitor and you can change settings from Windows. Just be sure to say no to installing some of the bloatware (like Norton, or whatever else was on there) that comes with it, and only install the Gigabyte stuff.
- It works well for what a board of this range should do! That is, it reliably POSTs and connects all of my components together.

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: - Note that the board is slightly slimmer than a full sized ATX board. This won't be a problem functionally, as it has just as many PCI-E and PCI slots as any other full sized ATX board. Aesthetically, it might look a bit slim in your case (if you care!).

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  • Everett D.
  • 1/5/2016 5:42:45 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board - Don't Be Scared by Reviews

Pros: - Don't be scared off by the reviews. Most customers who are happy with a product do not tend to write a review saying "yeah, it works". However, unhappy customers are much more likely to rant on reviews, leading to a generally lower score. Go check the reviews for $200 motherboards, and you'll see the same phenomenon you see here.
- Well priced.
- The BIOS is really nice (there is a button in the upper right of the BIOS that switches to "ST" mode, which is a different BIOS layout that is really easy to work with).
- The Gigabyte App suite is surprisingly useful. It has a hardware monitor and you can change settings from Windows. Just be sure to say no to installing some of the bloatware (like Norton, or whatever else was on there) that comes with it, and only install the Gigabyte stuff.
- It works well for what a board of this range should do! That is, it reliably POSTs and connects all of my components together.

Cons: - None.

Other Thoughts: - Note that the board is slightly slimmer than a full sized ATX board. This won't be a problem functionally, as it has just as many PCI-E and PCI slots as any other full sized ATX board. Aesthetically, it might look a bit slim in your case (if you care!).

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  • Ahmad S.
  • 12/25/2015 10:39:38 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally nice board, sturdy as one might need

Pros: - Worked perfectly for me
- Cool orange glow

Cons: - None

Other Thoughts: - Accidentally bent it a bit, and it worked fine
- If you're careful with it then the board should work fine

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  • John P.
  • 12/14/2015 12:54:11 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsProblems From The Start

Pros: Very fast during boot; with an SSD, about 14 seconds from BIOS to desktop. When it ran, it ran fast.

Cons: My experience is right in line with many other negative reviews; it started blue screening almost immediately. It crashed, for no apparent reason, twice right after the initial installation of Windows 7 x64 Pro. It crashed again during the initial round of Windows updates. I never even got as far as activating Windows. I had read some other reviewer was able to alleviate his problems by installing memory from the QVL, but I was using Crucial memory and should have had no problems. This build was for a customer, so it was a waste of my time, money, and reputation if I had actually tried to install this for them. I had to start over again with a different motherboard from MSI; using exactly the same components, I have had no trouble thus far.

Other Thoughts: I like Gigabyte products in general, and I've used many of their motherboards over the years, so if I have any bias, it is in favor of their products. This one, however, is apparently a dog. If I could, I'd send it back and get something else, but all I can do now is hope the refurbed part I'll get back as an RMA actually works so it is not a complete loss. The parts I used with it were the following:
Intel G1850 (on QVL)
SP 480 SSD
Crucial BLS2K4G3D169DS1J 2 x 4 memory kit
It's really disappointing to see an otherwise good company release such a bad product.

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 201512153 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • David D.
  • 12/13/2015 10:15:31 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsI should have trusted the reviews

Pros: It worked for a day?

Cons: Reboots when highly stresssed

Other Thoughts: Trust the reviews, and trust me. Get a good motherboard instead.

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 201512155 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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  • Sam S.
  • 11/17/2015 12:50:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsStay Away!

Pros: Nothing! I've had two now and neither one would power on!

Cons: Everything! Two DOA in a row! Going with another brand that hopefully actually tests their boards before shipping them. Never again Gigabyte!

Other Thoughts: If you like wasting your time, this is the motherboard for you!

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 129083 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.

GIGABYTE VIP Support Team

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