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GIGABYTE GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • John G.
  • 10/8/2014 2:36:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThis board rocks

Pros: *New Z97 chipset board in mATX form factor that has pci-e 3.0 @ x16! ASUS Gryphon z97
*The Realtek 1150 audio is fantastic. Even analog to my auxillary speakery sounds great
*Black and Red, my favorite color combo. A very attractive looking board, indeed.
*M.2 AND mSATA support, though I have 2x 840 Evos in RAID 0 so not really necessary but a nice feature to have.

Cons: *Only 5 fan headers... 2 of which are CPU and CPU_OPT, so essentially just 3 "SYS_FAN" headers. No biggy for most people with FCs though. I have 5 fans in my HTPC and would have liked to have all of them connected directly to the board.
*No thunderbolt ports... I dont have much need for them ATM since I have no thunderbolt peripherals.

Other Thoughts: Running this board with the following setup:

Case - SIlverstone ML04 HTPC
CPU - Intel i7 4790k CPU OC'd to 5.13Gzh (man this sucker flies!)
RAM - 16GB Crucial Ballistic Elite 1866mzh OC'd to 2168mzh
PSU - Silverstone modular ATX slim 450w 80+ Gold rated
Cooling - Swiftech Apogee Drive II waterblock/pump combo + Hardware Labs Nemesis GTX 160 radiator with 2x2 80mm fan push/pull setup + Swiftech 100ml micro res 2
HDDs - 2x 3TB WD Reds in RAID 1, 2x Samsung 840 Evo 250GB in RAID 0

Built this as a Windows 8.1 Pro / Linux Mint / OSX Mavericks tr-boot. So far, extremely happy with the board. With the newest F4 BIOS available, my Haswell refresh Devil's Canyon i7 4790k is running at 100% load with proper voltages. Stock voltages for F3 wanted to give my CPU 1.4v core, no wonder getting below 85*C was a chore.

This PC absolutely demolishes video encoding instructions and anything I can throw at it. I was able to successfully bring my i7 up to 5.13Gzh and the VR doesn't even break a sweat. I have 5 fans setup in this case which has room for 4x 80mm fans on the right side. I have one in the rear-most slow blowing on the VR, the 2nd fan slot is occupied by cut-outs I made for the water cooling tubes, then the front-most spots are occupied by the radiator I mounted externally which has 2 push fans in front, and 2 pull fans on the inside of the case infront of the rad.

Without the rear fan on the VR, it ran at under 80*C when I was turtore-testing the CPU/watercooling setup at 100% for 48 hours. With the fan, it stays under 60*C so the funky red heatsink design works quite well.

Other than stating my Super-HTPC build went as expected and the board is performing admirably, I would recommend this to anyone who wants one of the best Z97 mATX boards out there as of October 2014. Tried taking RAM on the Z97 Gryphon past 2133mzh and that wasn't much fun. This board has been rock solid and great to work with and mod.

5-egg Tech knowledge based on 20+ years of building, modding and designing my own PC builds and cases.

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  • joseph r.
  • 10/6/2014 7:52:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA out of box!

Pros: It seemed like a great mobo on website, check it out at Gigabyte. Offered everything I needed and wanted in a board. It all looked good before I received it.

Cons: I received the mobo, the case fan plug did not work, no vga display. I bought another gigabyte board the same day worked great! So I know its not me. However the fact that the other board a GA-Z97M-D3H' 3.0 usb connector doesn't work causes concern, however it may be a driver issue but I am still figuring that out, and if i cannot IT will go back as well. Then I will have litrally no faith in Gigabyte or Newegg ever again. This board just has too many issues wrong to be a consumer problem.

Other Thoughts: I have always had great luck with Newegg and Gigabyte, which is why I am so concerned.

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 114721 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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  • CARIBOU C.
  • 8/12/2014 7:25:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice board

Pros: Very easy to work with board. Fast, seems pretty stable. See other thoughts for the build info.

Overall I was very pleased with how this board performs coupled to an i5, and an nVidia 660 along with an SSD. It blisters into the Windows 7 desktop in less than 20 seconds from pressing the power button on a cold start.

Cons: Didn't really encounter many cons. I'm not a fan of the SATA headers they use these days, but not much I can do about that. Just seem easier to break if you aren't careful. Large board though. It JUST fit in the case I had picked for it, but was unable to use any of the drive mounts due to the RAM location, had to be creative. lol

Other Thoughts: This was a system for my brother actually. i5 4590 Haswell, Gigabyte nVidia 660 Video, 8GB of DDR3 1600, Muskin Chronos 240GB SSD, 1TB WD Black, Blu-Ray Combo drive, Cougar 600W PSU, Rosewill case, Windows 7.

System was setup with SSD as OS drive, WD drive was for storage of files.

System tweaks:

Disabled Superfetch. Disabled virtual memory. Disabled System Restore (System Protection). Disabled Windows Search. (these are often recommended for many SSD drive setups). This particular SSD used didn't have overprovisioning, so no option for that.

With the above settings on this motherboard it will boot to the desktop in 15-20 seconds with only basic common programs and all updates. That is pretty darn fast folks.

Very happy with this motherboard!

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  • Alexander R.
  • 7/26/2014 7:26:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: -Very fast Boot times (5-8 seconds).
-PCB is very dark brown, so it kind of looks black without lighting.
-Tons of extra software and customization for you to poke around (if you know what you are doing).

Cons: -Heatspreaders are too big to the point they block a push/pull rad setup (-1 egg).
-Motherboard is smaller than average micro-atx, so I had to set up the USB 3.0 cable to go around graphics card.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this motherboard just cause Mail-In-Rebate is a lot. Remember several companies will take the warranty away if you mess with the UPC code on the product (it's kind of a legal scam).

Also, Gigabyte I am still waiting for my $20 dollar rebate card from my AMD motherboard!

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  • Charles T.
  • 7/25/2014 6:13:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible. Sound Problems

Pros: Looks pretty.

Cons: Where to start? built in sound is terrible. Intermittently becomes staticy and distorted. This issue has not been fixed by driver updates at all. I have contacted gigabyte, have yet to hear from them. The sound issue also seems to be affect video playback as well. Furthermore, unless you have their "Killer network manager", which does not function correctly, installed, you cannot get on the internet because it's tied to the LAN drivers. The internet connection is terrible as well. I have a great internet connection and all my other computer's work great. This one however takes a good while just to load a video on streaming.

Other Thoughts: I would strongly advise against purchasing this product. Just get something else. I have fully updated everything, installed everything, and nothing has fixed the issue's I am experiencing.

The bios is confusing as well, and the mouse cursor in the bios is not at all correctly calibrated. Although this is less of an issue because most people don't use their mouse in the bios.

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 112282 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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  • jonathan R.
  • 7/22/2014 11:56:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate review

Pros: everything still running very well, i did a little overclocking with the bios and the core i3 4150 dual core cpu haswell refresh part its not much but was able to net another 150MHZ out of the cpu and got it to 3686.75 GHZ with a 104.30 Base Clock the system would not post at 104.50 base clock. my system memory only had to bump up 72mhz which is nothing.

did not add any voltages to anything just left it at auto and disabled all the power management settings. was hitting super pi 1MB times at 10.235 almost broke into the 9 second realm and that was with little effort i didnt even bother to boot into safe mode and disable explorer.exe and all unnecessary processes or msconfig anything, so might of been able to hit around 9 secs, for the benchmark folks out their who might of been curious. thats with a Corsair CX430M bronze power supply so it dosent have that super super tight voltage control that overclocking demands for perfection.

Cons: None yet.

i guess if i had to list something as a con, i mean im really nit picking here, i would say the mounting system for the heat sinks on the power regulator circuitry could have been mounted a bit more securely they wiggle to easily for my taste. But thats an easy DIY fix Imo.

Other Thoughts: Audio is still great, i love to turn the crystallizer setting all the way up in the XFi MB3 suite software and be able to hear finite audio details in my games i never noticed before lol. im asking people all the time "Did you hear that" and they say i cant hear anything at all LOL, the headphones im useing are not super great just some Logitech G230's for 50$.

i got tripped out a few times and had to take my headphones off to check and make sure that some sounds where not coming from inside my house when i was playing Path Of Exile

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  • Anup K.
  • 7/17/2014 12:15:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA... Had a lot of hope on this motherboard. But it all got crushed!

Pros: None. Didn't work.
Now because of this I cannot test to see if my other components that I bought at the same time work or not. Sad thing...

Cons: Was dead on arrival. I checked my PSU and it is working fine. I have sent the item for replacement RMA.

Other Thoughts: Now I am thinking, I should have gone with MSI's Board.

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 111988 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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  • Kavin L.
  • 7/15/2014 6:05:13 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board... poor packaging

Pros: -BIOS menu is new and more sleek
-Fits perfectly snug into my Silverstone Micro-ATX case
-Runs every one of my pieces perfectly fine

Cons: -OCing on this bios menu is a bit more difficult if you're a beginner like me
-I received my mobo without a backplate... so not really sure how I feel about that

Other Thoughts: Great mobo to pick up if you're gaming, hopefully you don't get something missing from your package!

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  • jonathan R.
  • 7/13/2014 2:46:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid Board Ignore all the negative reviews

Pros: loads of features for gamers and overclockers, very stable board with F2 bios, i updated to F4 bios and still very stable.

* Running samsung 840 evo 250GB SSD i get a little over max speeds for that ssd on this motherboard.

*Running G.SKill Pheonix 3 ssd 120GB and get max speeds for that ssd.

* Running WD Cavier Black HDD 300GB and get 100mbs R/W as well on this mother board.

* Handles 4 sticks of G.Skill DDR3 1600mhz 1.35v RAM 2GB each flawlessly, went into bios set XMP profile, Done. rock solid no errors with Memtest.

* Bios has every setting you can think of to tweak intel Cpu's and Memory modules the board stays quite cool.

* Built in sound blaster XFi MB3 audio beats my asus xonar ds to death. Games sound amazing when playing planetside 2 or insurgency i can hear every detail and footstep.

Cons: None, except for people that try and do ridiculous things to motherboards that have no benefits and blame the manufacturer for it not performing. Its not a Big mac or a birthday cake you cant customize it you get what you get and dont throw a fit.

Other Thoughts: Why on earth would you buy a motherboard targeted at gamers and stick 5 ssd's in raid you get all the performance you need for games and movie watching on 1 SSD any real tech professional can tell you that. leave raid for the server sector and high R/W environments like databases this motherboard is not targeted for server's its meant for gamers thats why it has a premium audio solution onboard as well as dedicated DAC power connector's and Swappable OpAmp chip. and Killer E2200 Lan Chip for Gaming

and NOT a premium dedicated raid solution >.<

my rig is this motherboard the memory i listed in the pro's section and a core i3-4150+GTX650ti

i run all my games off the OS drive which is the very quick and speedy Samsung 840 EVO 250GB SSD and i play all my games at max settings 1080P and they all load up and in game playing in less than 20 secs some even quicker if it wasnt for the advertisement splash screens during the start of a game, you all know what im talking about the ones you cant skip most the time. Bottom line you cant go wrong with such a solid board been buying gigabyte boards for year's now and never had one fail or not perform what it advertised, take proper ESD protection steps and use gentleness when installing technology, brute force is not required for installing tech its ment as a way of telling you your installing it wrong. :-)

Off Topic:

when i die in planetside 2 on this new pc my load screen after i click re-deploy to back in the game is maybe 2-3 sec's top's

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  • Simon L.
  • 7/7/2014 9:35:50 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

2 out of 5 eggsNeeds more validation before release.

Pros: Board runs stable right out of the box.

Basic PM events are behaving correctly, S3, S4, S5. I haven't tried Fast boot, Secure boot, and other advance features, I don't intend to use them since I have a DT platform.

Quick boot up into OS.

Able to run 4 VMs at a time, without lag with 32Gb ram and 4770K.

Amazing audio which I really enjoy.

Runs good right out of the box.

Cons: The system runs cool, which is great, but it started to raise concerns. The system will not be able to handle high end gaming GFX with a raid 0 array of 5x SSDs attached. The system is not stable if I run 3 monitors with 2 youtube videos running for long periods of time. There would be an Nvidia kernel error and recovered message.

After some research, my theory is that the avg user would see avg of 50C with PCH with the ZXX chip set. My system was at 35C or lower, even with a load. I proceeded to adding voltages to PCH and CPU I/O and it would seem to become stable, but would still crash. Only until I blindly upped the voltages to every option avaliable, am I able to play a whole round of CSGO without crashing on High Settings.

Please don't make it so that I'll have to do research and get the right voltages set for the options that needs to be upped. This board should work stable with stock settings, unless I start Overclocking. That is when I'm fine with crashes.

The auto OC feature would attempt to set the bios for different levels of over clocking. Default, Low Power, Medium, Performance, and Extreme. None of these work stable. The program would change some of the settings, but not enough to have the platform run stable.

I think the Firmware, Chipset, and Bios needs a bit of work for this platform.

Other Thoughts: Since this is a gaming rig, I cannot recommend this platform. Especially if you plan to load up the SSDs, and Video cards. This in theory will require the PCH to use more voltage. You'll have to add voltages to options that's not familiar until the PCH reads about 50C. Auto tune feature will not be able to come up with a solution.

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 111617 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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