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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)
  • 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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  • Ryan T.
  • 12/14/2014 2:24:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIf you've used one gigabyte, you've used them all

Pros: Very sleek motherboard, easy to navigate bios, sturdy construction.
The XMP setting were as easy as a few clicks and was able to get my 2x4 8GB trident x memory up to its rated 2400MHz.
On top of that, using this board i have my G3258 overclocked to 4.1GHz easy, air cooled it sits at an idle 41C, maxes under prime 95 at 58C, on AIR. Not bad, gigabyte, you've got some good circuits running through this board. The sound amp onboard is a solid choice, but i rarely use it. I'm not much of an audiophile.

Cons: I have run into only one hiccup, and that is the drivers are a pain to install. BUT, that's true for almost all motherboards, so no eggs taken off.
The heatsyncs on the chipset seem a little wobbly, but they're not supposed to be messed with and dissipate heat adequately, no eggs taken off.
I would have preferred they include a wifi chip o nthis board as with the mITX version, but i know there's only so much you can cram into one masterpiece, no eggs taken off.

Other Thoughts: This is a solid choice for any gamer building a semi-compact system. I have mine in a Xigmatek Aquila mATX case, a Pentium G3258, 8 gigs of Trident X 2400MHz memory, with an 840EVO 120GB SSD and 1TB Seagate HDD. Air colled using a Xigmatek Dark Night 120mm air cooler, and a 550W Corsair modular power supply. also the Asus Strix 750 Ti GPU. With this board at its heart, i'm happy to have an extremely reliable mobile LAN party rig, and i wouldn't consider any other brand in this price range to build a mATX system.

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  • Sergey K.
  • 12/10/2014 8:28:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: - Optical sound output
- Cheaper than the full size version

Cons: After installation does not power on, completely dead.
Quite disappointing to get a faulty product and spend time and money replacing it.

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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 116943 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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  • Steven S.
  • 11/30/2014 4:05:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFinal thoughts

Pros: Cheap, feature packed, and from a well respected brand.

Cons: Odd initial bios support for PCIE M.2 devices.

Other Thoughts: Let's get real about modern motherboards for a moment. The vast majority of areas where a motherboard could shine are now integrated into the CPU. Memory controller, pcie, and even some voltage. So most motherboards are going to perform the same when at stock speeds, outside of turbo tweaks by the vendor. So you're paying for feature support, power delivery quality, and brand name.

This product delivers, but it took a while for the BIOS to mature. The sound and networking solutions are top notch, though killer vs intel and realtek vs creative is a matter of personal choice (and often hatred of certain driver suites), all the needed z97 features are there and Pentium AE/Devils Canyon support is here as well.

This is a gaming board, and ships with a full gaming package. ASUS ROG might be the "best of the best", but unless you are doing liquid nitrogen suicide runs Gigabyte G1 and MSI Gaming deliver the same quality for less. This is the cheapest of the gaming MATX options from all three brands, and works just fine up through custom liquid cooling (how I run it).

That all said there was some finicky BIOS support at first when dealing with PCIE M2 SSDs and some CPU/memory configurations. This has been resolved.

The current fad might be mini-itx but matx has multi GPU over it. If you're looking for top end matx gaming and do not intend on doing LN2 the MSI and this Gigabyte are a better buy than the ASUS ROG. If you don't need wireless this is a better buy than the MSI.

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  • STEVE U.
  • 11/30/2014 1:52:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSolid with minor issues

Pros: Nice layout for the board, lots of features. Great bang for the buck. Fantastic audio, worked perfectly with Debian and Win 8.1

Cons: The Killer NIC would lose WAN network connection, by changing the driver to an Atheros driver it works perfectly.

Wish you would've just used an Intel NIC.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/16/2014 9:36:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsNot impressed

Pros: Looked pretty. I found the bios and raid setup very easy. connections seem to be good quality.

Cons: Found the extra couple of mm caused installation problems. the location of the reset/power/speaker and led pins is a pain because it was under the drive bay. the Sata connectors again was under the drive bay.
It ran while the operating system was being installed and did not start after that. tested the CPU, power supply, memory and found the board died. Tried to get warranty but gave up on arguing.

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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 116066 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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  • Joel C.
  • 11/16/2014 8:19:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo issues thus far.

Pros: Had this mobo for a little over 2 months and no problems. It appears to be a reliable and extendable mid-high range uATX board. It features plenty (8) usb on back-plate, 3 PCIe slots (for up to 2x video card), 6 SATA ports, and a dedicated partition for sound processing (can't say that I have noticed a difference with this).

Also, supports mSATA or M.2 SSD, and overclocking though I haven't used these.

(Other features as listed in the product specs.)

Cons: I have found a few minor drawbacks to this board, but nothing I think worth degrading an egg:

- Fan control minimal: the only way to adjust the mobo fans is through the BIOS settings, and there are not a lot of options there. You can't adjust them from inside the OS. I suggest if you want more control to get a fan controller card.

- DAC USB (2.0) ports: Not entirely sure what the benefit of these was supposed to be, but you can't use these for audio devices as they cause a terrible power hum. Good thing there are plenty 3.0 ports to go around.

Other Thoughts: No issues that were deal breaker. A fair price for what I got. Following is my system build:

- Gigabyte GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5 Micro ATX LGA1150 (this MOBO)
- Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core
- G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
- Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" SSD
- Corsair 750W ATX12V
- EVGA 660 Ti
- Corsair H100i 77.0 CFM Liquid CPU
- Corsair Air 240 MicroATX Mid Tower

Idle power usage: 160 W (w/ 2 monitors)

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/14/2014 3:28:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Mobo

Pros: Looks great. Nice lightning and stuff. Fancy bios. Easy to tweak around. Easy to start. Started up right away no need of bios flashes. Running with i5 4670k.Dual bios. I love that thing. It kind of means it will hardly let you down as if one of the two bios chips give up the other one will handle the job for you.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: I replaced my asus z87-c for this one . In the past i always used to go for asus but not anymore. From now on, gigabyte will be my only choice. I had some really nasty experience with asus after my last mobo. It wasn't posting until i flashed bios. Wasted 3 batteries in 6 months. Asus support was awful Still trying to arrange an R.M.A. so i can make some use of that piece of brick .
Gigabyte proved themselves in the past few years and i believe everyone should give them a go :)

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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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