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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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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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  • William B.
  • 8/30/2015 5:07:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWill not recognize memory

Pros: It runs well in Windows 7 and 8.1 with one stick of memory.

Cons: If the memory-G.SKILL Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 - is inserted in more than one slot there is a rapid beeping BIOS sound and the system shuts down and restarts and this cycle continues to repeat. Each memory module works fine by itself.

Other Thoughts: The second star is a sympathy one mostly for me as so much time wasted with this issue!

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  • John H.
  • 8/17/2015 10:44:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnstable

Pros: Not that it matters much anymore as the Z97 boards quickly became outdated... but for those still needing a micro ATX motherboard with the Z97 chipset I would highly caution against this motherboard.

Pros: I love the way it looks. Very nice color scheme. The supposed headphone amp is a nice feature as well.

Cons: This board quickly became a miserable experience about a month after I bought it. I had to re-load Windows (format) regularly for the first several months. In hindsight I think the Gigabyte APP center was causing corruptions to the OS. I had all sorts of BSODs.... I eventually ran a memtest and determined my memory (Corsair) wasn't running at its XMP profile. After replacing the memory the board settled into what I would consider acceptable stability. I was able to achieve a moderate overclock of 4.5Ghz with the i7-4790k. The only stability issue I ran into was occasionally I would get severe audio skip when streaming Pandora or Spotify. I attributed this to the digital audio connection having issues sending a clean signal to my Pioneer receiver. I didn't have an opportunity to experiment with HDMI but I would think it would have been a better solution for digital audio connections.

About a month ago (over one year of use) I started to notice some significant degradation in performance. The system would sometimes refuse to boot and would occasionally prompt to reset BIOS to defaults. After confirming that the CPU overclock was still stable I continued to re-encode via Handbrake and a few hours into it the system crashed.

The motherboard has since died. It will not post even with CMOS cleared. All none essential components removed and the motherboard won't post. I cant even get into the BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I considered giving this board only 1 egg considering the it died after only 1 year and a few months of use. However, I would consider myself a power use. At some points I had my system running Handbrake to re-encode 200+ blu ray movies for a continuous 45 day stretch. This is with the 4.5Ghz overclock (moderate voltage bump). The thermal build up alone (60-80c) in the case for that long of a stretch was probably enough to change things (at least I would think... it's like an oven... cooking something for a month and a half). With that said, most servers have these functions and for a much longer period of time. This board should have been able to hold up to the long runs of re-encoding.

I'll buy from Gigabyte again someday but for now I'm going with the TUF boards by Asus.

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  • Tsz E.
  • 8/10/2015 10:34:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSo far so good

Pros: The layout of the board is pretty good and the sound quality of the audio chipset is excellent, I can tell the different compared to the my old onboard chipset.

this is perfect for someone who is upgrading from 4-6 years old. small board, not too pricey, has all the new features, plenty of sata and usb3

Cons: bios sucks, why are they wasting so much time making the bios so fancy and complicated?

Other Thoughts: the SATA connectors should be move down or up, right now it is sitting right where the videocard will be mounted, and is hard to reach once the card is plugged in.

the chipsets' heatsink seems to be a bit too loose, and the thermal compound/pad seems to already dried up or cracked? Perhaps the heatsinks are just there for cosmetic reasons... since they aren't even hot nor warm to touch.

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  • John B.
  • 8/2/2015 8:53:38 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot safe for Windows 10 upgrade

Pros: Good price/performance

Cons: Driver issues, instability.

Other Thoughts: I've had this system board for over a year, and after working out some driver stability issues I had it running Windows 7 for over a year. I attempted to upgrade it to Windows 10, and immediately experienced blue-screen issues every 5 minutes of use. I restored a pristine Windows 10 installation thinking it could have been due to corruption carried over from Windows 7, but this installation blue-screened after an hour of use and then refused to boot. This was after installing all of the Windows 10 drivers provided by Gigabyte (though some blue-screens occurred before too). I reinstalled Windows 7 after repartitioning, throwing the towel in on Windows 10. All went well until I installed the USB 3.0 driver provided by Gigabyte. Blue-screens commenced every couple of minutes until I was able to uninstall the USB 3.0 drivers.

Use caution if you want Windows 10 with this board. Windows 7 is not free of instability either.

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 125341 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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  • Mark G.
  • 8/1/2015 9:58:09 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFirst PC build

Pros: Easy to use and change around settings, also easy to update BIOS.

Cons: Bottom screws cant be mounted in my case

Other Thoughts: Was a good price at the time, and i had absolutely no problems getting it to work.

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  • Kevin G.
  • 7/25/2015 4:59:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggspayed 140 only to get 2 NON WORKING ram slots

Pros: Works as it should and runs an i5-4690k very smoothly.

Cons: Issue is, there is a problem with this board in which pins are bent on the processor and cause two ram slots to interfere with the cpu opt fan.This than cause a freezing in the computer and it wont let you post,making the PC reboot after reboot after reboot.Upgraded from a x4 760k{AMD} only to get hit by this * and have to spend 2 extra hours on my back trying to figure out why the da** thing wouldn't work.Now it works with 2{2x4} ram sticks , but im going to have to put the others away since i cant use them :( and I dont want to deal with disassembling the whole pc again (done it more than 5 times) just to find out the * motherboard was faulty. What would work if they sent me 90 dollars(cost of ram) that I wont be able to use and an extra 150 dollars for labor because of lazy manufacturing.

Other Thoughts: nobody should have to deal with this paying 500 dollars in new computer equipment.

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  • Dong W.
  • 7/1/2015 10:55:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Working really well for me. The small form factor made my cute computer possible. Loved it.

Cons: None.

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  • Jason S.
  • 6/29/2015 8:53:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent value

Pros: I have used this board for three weeks with nary a problem. No lockups or error messages. Excellent sound quality and software suite; the red tracer on the board is a nice touch and really illuminates my case. M.2 support and SATA Express is nice on a board this price.

Intel i5 4590
8 GB Kingston HyperX 1600 RAM
Sapphire Compact ITX Radeon R9285
Samsung EVO SSD
Antec 900 case

Cons: If you put this in an ATX case, be aware that the internal SATA supports may be right up against your HDD case fan if you have one. Not a con, just something to be aware of. You'll have to take the fan out to hook up the SATA devices at first.

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  • Christopher T.
  • 6/28/2015 12:02:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very easy to configure and get up and going. I installed the newest drivers and utilities that were available directly off of Gigabyte's website. The performance is what I expected and the onboard sound is not bad at all.

Cons: Sometimes when this computer boots the graphics seem to refresh very slowly but you can't tell when just in the Windows 8.1 desktop. If you go into a game the frame rate is horrible and sluggish. If I exit the game and reboot the computer it seems to clear up the issue and the frame rate goes back up. Now replacing the power supply did help a little but the issue is still prevalent when it's booted from time-to-time. I opened up a support ticket with Gigabyte and all I got out of them was, "we can't duplicate what you're seeing on our board". So I asked them to close the ticket as I know this issue won't be addressed anytime soon. By the way, the drivers are the latest but have nothing to do with the issue as you can tell the graphics are going to be slow as soon as it posts, as the screen refreshes slower than normal. I'm using a XFX 270X video card and never had that issue with the old motherboard which was Gigabyte.

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  • John B.
  • 6/6/2015 8:01:18 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsMotherboard is seemingly dead after 1 yr of use

Pros: Good price/performance.

Cons: Motherboard seemingly died today after one year of use. Windows suddenly started having problems accessing hardware, I restarted and now it won't post.

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 123100 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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