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GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard

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

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GA-Z97N-Gaming 5

  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3 Software Suite
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • 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
  • Bluetooth 4.0 + 867Mbps 11AC dual band WIFI card
  • Highly efficient MOSFET design
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
G1™ Gaming Motherboards

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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.

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.

Built-in Rear Audio Amplifier

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Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600O loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.

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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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.

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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Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network


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

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5

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  • Jeremiah C.
  • 9/8/2015 12:21:06 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood desktop board for Ubuntu

Pros: All the on-board hardware is supported out of the box with the 3.13 kernel on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. This includes the LAN, WiFi, Bluetooth, sound, USB 3.0, everything. It all worked on first boot.

With the i7-4790K and a Sandisk Ultra SSD, this is one of the fastest booting Linux machines I've seen. From the post screen to the desktop login is ~3 seconds, and some of that is probably the monitor switching modes.

Cons: Some extra fluff that maybe I didn't need to pay for? X-Fi MB3 is a non-factor, as is the APP Center, and LED lit motherboard traces are a gimmick. Red glow is leaking out of my case in weird patterns.

Other Thoughts: While I'm a long time user of linux as a server platform, this build marks the first time I run Ubuntu as a main desktop/development machine, with a little gaming on the side. I'm very pleased with this board and how effortlessly it runs Ubuntu.

Borderlands 2 and the Pre Sequel, as well as Bioshock Infinite run flawlessly on highest settings in 1080P. Skyrim looks gorgeous under Wine at 4K.

i7-4790K Quad-Core 4.0GHz
16GB G.Skill Trident X PC 2400
Asus GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Sandisk Ultra 2 120GB SSD
WD Black 1TB HDD
EVGA Hadron case

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  • Joseph S.
  • 9/2/2015 7:33:30 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent while it lasts

Pros: -Good chipset with great overclocking tools
-Nice features

Cons: -Wifi connectivity issues
-Died without warning

Other Thoughts: Had this mobo for about a year, put it to sleep one night... and it never woke up. Didn't even get to say goodbye. Now the fans and lights turn on, but no beeps and no POST, not from onboard graphics or video card. Put in an RMA, so yeah... not looking forward to that. I have heard replacement takes weeks. Thanks, Gigabyte.

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  • Nathan C.
  • 6/19/2015 6:39:01 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBluetooth stopped working after 1 week

Pros: Great durable motherboard with great on board audio and wifi. Looks really nice too, great board for my brothers mini build. Bios works fine and pretty easy to navigate.

Cons: My brother chose a small bluetooth keyboard for his rig and after a week the bluetooth drivers just stopped working. Tryed everything from reinstalling the restarting them and trying the drivers from the website and not the cd. Ended up having to get a USB bluetooth adapter. The cd for the drivers also has a lot of junkware on it. The one I hate the most is one that adds somthing that covers the win 8 start button and it's suppose to be like a windows 7 start screen except that the icon looks awful and you has to wait 5 minutes after clicking on it for the screen to pop up (not cuz the pc was slow it had a i5 4690k 8gb ram and a r9 270x) ended up uninstalling all the junkware.

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  • Kelsea F.
  • 4/11/2015 2:21:44 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLots of problems

Pros: Nothing

Cons: I've got all of the problems listed by other reviewers.
-Dead RAM slots (Will only boot with 1 Slot populated)
-POST Issues

Should have sent it back as soon as I got it. Have had several Gigabyte products and wanted to give them chance to update and fix bios. Never happened. Lesson learned.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 121215 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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  • Ivan T.
  • 3/23/2015 9:24:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnstable from the start

Pros: All of the included features. I bought this board to build my next gaming/general purpose rig and it came exactly as advertised. It has a nice color scheme with a nice red light glow on the inside. Has a plethora of ports to use and a nicely styled back plate.

Cons: For a board in this price range, missing a few higher end items like m.2 slot. I didn't think this was a big deal at first, but as time passes the option for this became more apparent.

I want to say that this board has been flakey from the start. The BT and WIFI has serious issues. I had to do A LOT of research and testing/re-formating etc. to even get close to advertised speeds on the Intel AC7260 wireless unit.

Bluetooth was even worse. Items would pair and then lose connection. I tried reformatting a number of times until I was able to precariously get a driver install procedure to keep stable.

I was so wary of the reliability of this setup that I didn't touch ANYTHING after getting it to a functional state. This was after I bought a separate Intel AC7260 unit to replace the one on the board.

Like many others, I have a want to tinker and decided to clean build and install a few case fans. I reformatted and never got to a full functional state again. I thought it was the video card first since it wouldn't send any video and would lock up even on fresh reformat.

I sent my video card in for RMA (GIGABYTE GV-R928XOC-3GD). Had a bad experience there with wait time and communication and pretty much took a month.

During this time I ran the machine w/o a discrete gfx card and funny enough the computer ran like a champ. Nothing would take the WIFI or BT down even after reformatting. Maybe I just had a bad video card creating other issues.

Got video card back and same exact issues. I'm now in process with RMA with gigabyte again and this time I have a bunch of parts without a mainboard.

Service and service portal are bad and I don't get status updates until I call in. I'm seriously considering buying another mainboard/gfx card and selling the gigabyte items off after I get it all back.

Other Thoughts: Intel i5-4960k
g. skill trident series
Corsair CX430m
Samsung EVO 840

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 120858 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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  • Harold B.
  • 3/1/2015 7:23:56 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsAll Bios are in Alpha and needs serious attention

Pros: This looks nice and has bolt-on heatsinks. The Soundblaster audio could be very nice.

Cons: Every Bios from F2, F3 and the beta Bios F4e is flaky at best. Forget setting XMP 9 out of 10 times. Don't power it down/put it to sleep either or be prepared to troubleshoot. This is with optimized defaults. After fiddling about for 10+ hours, if you set the PCI-e lane to gen 2 it seems to work well enough as if this were a beta bios. But, the jury is out on this yet. I went back to F3 bios because the beta didn't change anything over the latest "certified" bios.

Then there is the realtek audio drivers combined with the Soundblaster driver/software. What a headache. Just when I get things working correctly, I get "does not recognize audio device" garbage. Following the directions per Gigabytes site is correct (install Realtek first, reboot then install Soundblaster software) but that's only half the battle. There are a few settings within windows that you'll have to sort out before this is stable too and not giving you incompatibility messages every time you boot up.

Also, 2 fan headers is lousy but I knew this going in. However, I did not see this one coming...the USB 3.0 port on the board is extremely close to the pci-e lane. Now the plug itself pushes on the back of the GPU putting unnecessary stress on the pci-e lane. All of the other Z97 itx boards have their plugs a bit farther away. I'll remember this for next time.

Other Thoughts: This build is using an i3 4160, GTX 960 G.1, 2 x 4 G.skill 1600 mhz ram and a Seasonic X650 psu.

My 2 egg rating is generous and only shows my desire to badly want this board to work. I like what it could ultimately offer if it worked like it should. But as of right now, stay away and if you're considering this board, send me a message. I'm on OCN with the same user name I use to review this board. Feel free to check my experience level on OCN too. I know my way around all of this hardware.

You can do this Gigabyte! Put down your smartphone, get off of facebook and get to work. I have faith in you :)

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  • Paul D.
  • 1/20/2015 3:32:00 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood mobo

Pros: Good audio.
Easy to build on.
Great aesthetics.

Cons: Bios isn't te best.
Manual could be more detailed.

Other Thoughts: This is a great looking mobo which has all the essentials and was easy to build on. No problems so far.

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  • Brian O.
  • 12/13/2014 4:50:18 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: I haven't found a fault with the motherboard yet.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: If you go with the H100i CPU cooler, be careful when you mount it. It only works in 2 of the 4 orientations (tubes facing RAM or rear I/O), but the difference is subtle. Along one axis, the copper extends all the way to the edge of the bottom of the pump assembly, causing it to hit the little capacitors next to the socket, which are about a mm higher than the CPU surface.

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  • Sandra S.
  • 11/21/2014 7:24:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsZ97n Gaming 5

Pros: This motherboard is feature packed and very stable. I do not do extreme overclocking only about 300 to 400 mhz.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: The only thing this board is missing is a few fan headers.

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  • Ursula S.
  • 11/20/2014 7:08:25 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for 2 months

Pros: Cool Packaging, Cute Size, Nice Color Scheme - Price point is great.

Cons: Won't post after 2 months of working perfectly. I have never had an issue with Gigabyte products. I am disappointed in this board. Hoping to troubleshoot and get it replaced or fixed.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Customer,

Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at with the case number 116204 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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