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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC) / 2933(OC)

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GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 gaming audio suite
  • AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • Quad DAC-UP USB ports
  • Gold plated display and audio ports
  • High end Nichicon audio capacitors
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier
  • Killer™ E2200 gaming networking
  • Extreme multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Long lifespan Durable Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
G1™ Gaming Motherboards

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G1™ AUDIO

GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio™ Technology

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE exclusive AMP-UP Audio Technology, which provides the industry's highest level of onboard audio features and technologies. With GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, gamers and audiophiles are able to experience crisp, ultra realistic sound effects while gaming, and the richest possible sound experience when listening to their favorite music and movies.

GIGABYTE Exclusive : Upgradable OP-AMP
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Customizable

  • + Users can choose audio quality based on individual listening preferences.
  • + Wide availability of additional OP-AMPs.


Low Cost way to dramatically improve audio quality

  • + Improve audio dynamics and overall sound-quality with little cost.
  • + No need for expensive speakers or high-end audio equipment.
GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Exclusive onboard 'Gain Boost' selector switches

  • + Select either standard 2.5x or high-amplification 6x mode.
  • + 6x mode is ideal for high impedance speakers and headphones
Well Known Hi-Fi class OP-AMP : TI Burr Brown OPA2134
High End Audio Capacitors

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GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards use high end, Japanese branded Nichicon audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.

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Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio

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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 2 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.

Additional Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards also include Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite. Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite is a powerful audio platform offering premium audio quality, effects and features for gamers. It features SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fullest audio experience.

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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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Locating the right and left audio channels on separate PCB layers, GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ gaming motherboards are able to eliminate channel crosstalk and maintain the best audio quality.

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Quad USB DAC-UP

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Featuring Quad USB 2.0 ports, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.

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Gold Plated Audio Hardware

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GIGABYTE motherboards pack top quality gold plated audio and HDMI connectors for improved connectivity and long lasting durability. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Audio controller is also shielded by a gold plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.

G1™ NETWORKING

Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network

NO LAG, JUST FRAG!

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions.

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G1™ Permance

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GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 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.

GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 SATA Express Connector

GIGABYTE motherboards feature an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won't bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.

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M.2 Onboard Connector

GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices.

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GIGABYTE App Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities

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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GIGABYTE EasyTune™ App

GIGABYTE's EasyTune™ is a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment. With Smart Quick Boost, one click is all it takes to automatically overclock your system, giving an added performance boost when you need it the most.

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GIGABYTE Cloud Station™ APP

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

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G1™ Looks

All New Heat Sink Design

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GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 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.

GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 HDMI™-The Next Generation Multimedia Interface

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.

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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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GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Game Controller

GIGABYTE Game Controller allows you to define your own hotkeys and change the mouse sensitivity, helping you make the most out of your keyboard and mouse in games.

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Hot Key:
Create macro commands and define your own hotkeys to quickly perform the function your want.
*Create the hotkeys by yourself on normal keyboard.

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Speed:
Using the Sniper key you can switch the mouse sensitivity when you are in sniper mode for better sniper accuracy.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 1/31/2016 9:01:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggschange my mind it deserves to win @ Newegg's Customer Choice Award.

Pros: great buy top product worth every penny recommended to all.I had issues with my last build but I can settle this was an awesome buy.

Cons: Overclocking has its days someone should post some steps.

Other Thoughts: what's with Windows 10 and power features. I think Windows 10 can break our motherboards.

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  • Jason A.
  • 1/17/2016 4:35:35 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsKeeping this in perspective

Pros: Lots of features packed on this little guy. SATA Express, M.2, more than enough SATA ports, plenty of USB ports, SLI/Crossfire. Nice look and boots fast with a 4790K and an 850 EVO SSD

Cons: ~Had an issue recently with my USB ports. Got an error out of the blue that they weren't getting enough power causing everything hooked up via USB to stop working. Had to reset Cmos in order to fix it. Hopefully this turns out to be a one time issue.

~First time using a board with the Killer E2200 network chip. While it isn't bad, Intel is much better.

Other Thoughts: For what I paid for it, $90, this is a great board. If you want to spend $125+, I recommend looking elsewhere...especially if you plan to do any serious overclocking. Aside from my USB issue, I have no regrets with buying this board. I wanted a smaller build that would also leave me with the opportunity to run SLI in the future and this board, at the price i paid for it, is worthy.

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  • sean a.
  • 1/15/2016 9:44:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsMotherboard will not keep time

Pros: None

Cons: Contacted Mr. Lee with Gigabyte and was advised to replace CMOS battery and to no avail it did not fix issue. Updated to latest bios and problem was still not resolved. Mr. Lee advised me to send unit in for repair through RMA. I paid $20.00 to send unit in and 2 weeks later unit comes back with nothing done . Tech states ( No issues found in testing with multiple configurations ). I am not going to pay again to RMA unit. I am here to say that I will never purchase another Gigabyte product again and that my opinion of Gigabyte is poor. I wish I could give zero eggs.

Mr. Lee I know you will comment but I am done. After multiple times trying to work this out I am not doing this any longer.

Other Thoughts: Never 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 131032 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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  • Skyler N.
  • 1/7/2016 6:53:52 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsLooks are decieving

Pros: It ran and did almost what it was supposed to. I liked that it worked efficient and got the job (almost) done. Looked good with my custom build.

Cons: Came to me defective. It would not connect to the internet whatsoever. It would not even connect with a hard line via Ethernet. I tried wireless cards, adapters, you name it. This was junk and a waste of time. It would get better ratings if it had actually worked. The bios are also a down side but something you can deal with. It has three different setups and NONE work with each other. You pick one and stick with it.

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  • Mark B.
  • 12/31/2015 10:53:15 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTo much trouble than it is worth

Pros: I ordered this mother board for the Dual BIOS functionality, chipset and all the extras that came along with it. I have been buying Gigabyte motherboards for years and have never had an issue until this board.

Cons: My original motherboard received worked fine for a few weeks and then I would receive no POST during boot. I sent in the motherboard to Gigabytes RMA service and they "Stated" they repaired the problem on the motherboard and sent my original motherboard back to me. Everything was working fine for few months and now I am back to the same problem. No hardware or software changes had been made during that time to cause the same issue and all hardware tested prior to sending the motherboard back to Gigabyte. Now I am stuck with no PC, and going through Gigabytes RMA process all over again. The experience with Gigabytes poor customer service, twice now, has left a poor taste in my mouth and I would HIGHLY recommend purchasing another brand of motherboard.

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 130569 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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  • Arne T.
  • 12/31/2015 7:59:39 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked well for two months, then refused to enter POST

Pros: None,it does not work

Cons: It does not work

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 130570 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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  • Khristian T.
  • 12/23/2015 8:56:02 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHonestly, not that good, first gigabyte mobo, will be the last too

Pros: -Cheap z97, but that's where the pros end

Cons: -The BIOS are a mess, they have it setup in 3 different menus that don't even work with each other. You can change something on one bios menu, but another menu will say otherwise. Incredibly confusing.
-I have this board paired with a Pentium G3258, I bought RAM that was over 1333 for future use. The Pentium is only compatible up to 1333MHz, but the bios keeps defaulting it back to 1867, which is causing immediate blue screens, and corruption with windows. Every time this happens it stop POSTing and will only boot every third or fourth try. But this most recent time, it will not POST at all.
-Ran Prime95 for 2 days after the first time, thinking maybe it was the CPU and RAM, and unfortunately, everything is leading to the mobo being defective.

Other Thoughts: This was my first ever gigabyte board, and will be the last. And before the gigabyte customer service rep comes on here to make a ticket, no thank you, I don't want to fix this board, I don't want to replace it. I want to go with another brand that I have used in the past like MSI, or Asus.

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  • Chris T.
  • 12/22/2015 4:08:44 AM

2 out of 5 eggsGreat if you don't plan on overclocking. Or not running any sort of non-Windows OS.

Pros: Typical Gigabyte quality on the hardware end
The design is quite nice
Plenty of fan headers for such a small board

Cons: Fan controller is run solely by a utility in Windows; there is no controller in the BIOS
The CPU power delivery is a bit lackluster for overclocking
BIOS updates can be a nightmare

Other Thoughts: Built my system with this board earlier this year. It went together flawlessly, but as I began to explore the possibilities of overclocking my system, I found that the system could not hold it together at any voltage/clock past stock. Some googling around made it readily apparent that this board doesn't really have adequate power delivery for overclocking. So if you're like me and have a 4790k, don't plan on pushing it much past stock, you'll want a more robust board for that.

Secondly, I ended up updating the BIOS recently, and that went over badly; after the update, the board would no longer boot and I ended up having to remove ALL of the hardware connected to it, initiate a CMOS reset, hook everything back up, and finally the board came back to life. Not the funnest thing that's happened to me...

Lastly, one of the big, BIG drawbacks with this board: The fan controls are ALL in System Information Viewer...a Windows utility. They also don't stick on reboot; they're loaded when Windows reboots. This means that if you use any sort of alternate OS, like Linux or OS X (this board IS Hackintoshable), you're stuck with the default fan curves, which in my case are way too sensitive. Loading web pages in Chrome will cause the fans to max out for a few seconds and then come back down, and the only way to avoid this is to run Windows. No way to control the fans outside of Windows AT ALL.

In short, I wouldn't buy this board if I knew it was going to be this way. I will give it credit for being much better than the MSI boards I've used, but next time, I'm going Asus. I'd be much more okay with this board if there were a way to control the fans outside of Windows, but there is not.

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  • Rosque E.
  • 12/21/2015 11:29:33 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFits nicely in the Air 240 High Airflow MicroATX

Pros: It installs nicely in the new Air 240 MicroATX case without any issues and it feels solid. I also have an ASUS board on my other computer and being familiar with the bios system, it was only a matter of time and exploring the new GUI bios of Gigabyte. Pressing F2 brought me 3 different bios screens, one being GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS, advance mode, and (I think) easy mode. I believe the DualBIOS mode allows you to recover from a main bios failure. See link:
http://www.gigabyte.com/microsite/306/images/3d-bios.html

I was glad to have the MB work out of the box with no issues and as with most new MB installs, I had to initially install the drivers with the disc that was provided otherwise the LAN port would not work properly or at all. I also OCd my i5-4790k to 3.7ghz with auto settings and had no issues with instability, I know I can go more and will increase it in the near future. I also installed the Samsung 850 EVO M.2 500GB - MZ-N5E500BW and it worked properly with no issues. It was my first M.2 and it felt awkward installing it at an angle then pressing it down to secure it with a screw. If you're going to use the M.2 to install the OS, I read online that it will be easier to only have that connected so the storage can be easily identified. I have 2x500GB and were identified as volume0 & volume1, I didn't want to guess so I shut it down and disconnected. Overall, I'm glad it worked right out of the box.

Cons: I would have liked that the LAN ports would work without using the install disc and the software application that comes with it. I'm afraid to uninstall it afterwards because it may not work but with windows 10, it may have find a driver for it? I prefer that Windows handles the ports without any bloatware.

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  • Joel J.
  • 12/20/2015 10:53:40 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSmooooth setup

Pros: Easy Install. multiple configurations, well laid out, high performance AND high value, sound set-up, m.2 and 6 Gbps sata, and most importantly...good looks!

Cons: Only been running a month, but so far so good.

Other Thoughts: Wanted an mATX configuration to build my son a box capable of handling Fallout 4 -

- Thermaltake SP550 PSU
- PNY GeForce GTX 960 DirectX 12 4GB;128-Bit
- i5 4590 CPU
- 2x8 Kingston HyperX FURY Blue 1866 DDR3
- Scythe SCSK-1100 Shuriken CPU cooler
- Thermaltake CORE V21 case
- WD 1 TB 7200 HD (I had to cut corners somewhere, since I just finished an Intel NUC w/a 500 GB SSD and a 256 GB m.2...but this will change after the holidays)
- Win 10 64 Bit

All I hear now is no lag! Which is music to my ears!

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