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GIGABYTE 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)
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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
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™
G1™ Gaming Motherboards

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


Customer Reviews of the GIGABYTE GA-Z97N-Gaming 5

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  • Kelsea F.
  • 4/11/2015 2:21:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • 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)
-Bad BIOS
-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 newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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
GIGABYTE GV-R928XOC-3GD
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 newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com 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
  • Tech Level: High
  • 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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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2015 3:32:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Average
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • 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 newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com 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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  • patrick g.
  • 11/14/2014 9:02:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Overall good package
price vs features
aesthetics
If you get lucky and have no issues, it might be great for you

Cons: Had non stop issues getting win 7 to install without BSODs which it boiled down to firmware on board mixed with some sort of other hardware incompatibility (I assume that second part as there are no other complaints.)

After the firmware update and getting windows installed, it's been working just fine for about 2 months now. Just this week, the audio cut out and after troubleshooting it's definitely the on board chip.

Having dealt with Gigabyte's awful customer service last time I'm half tempted to just buy a USB sound card to avoid calling them. That and they will make me pay for shipping and for the price it's an easy fix.

Other Thoughts: I have another machine running an EVGA Core 3D Stinger right beside this one that is the same age with similar parts and that one has given me no issues. Do yourself the favor and give your money to a company that if anything else, values it's customers and takes care of them. Turns out there IS competition out there ;)

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 116064 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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  • Timothy E.
  • 11/3/2014 1:57:41 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWas Decent While It Worked

Pros: Decent overclocking on a Pentium G3258
Enough SATA ports for all your drives
Great layout (except USB3.0, but what can you do?
Included Wifi (If mine had come with it...)

Cons: I'll start by saying that my board didn't come with the Intel wifi card, or a wifi card at all. Was a bit mad about that, because it's essentially a $25-30 add-on that I paid for and didn't get. Just the antenna on the I/O. I ended up buying an Intel AC 7260 7260HMW from a different third party, which worked fine.

This board was bought on July 11, 2014 for my mITX Pentium Anniversary build. I chose the Gigabyte board due to layout, accessories, etc. It worked beautifully for about 3.75 months (with the exception of a few processor hiccups in the beginning, which were easily fixed by a BIOS update).

One day, I was doing what I normally do (play games and put off my homework), when my game started behaving really sporadically, jumping between the Windows desktop and the game, and basically just generally freaking out. I get everything to settle down, quit out of the game, and realize that my game drive had disconnected itself. I thought it was weird, so I tried to reset the computer. The computer got stuck in a boot loop that was only solved by a day and a half outside of the computer, away from power, with the CMOS battery unplugged and the Clear_CMOS pins jumped. Is stopped looping, but the behavior with the hard drive persisted.

Try to start Steam, drive disconnects. Try to open that song I downloaded, drive disconnects That was Wednesday, Oct. 22nd. Not having another Intel 1150 motherboard, I decided to test everything else. All my hard drives (there are 3 of them) worked fine, at first, the RAM was good, the graphics card was fine.

I decided I'd give it another shot, so I plugged everything back in. No luck, just a repeat. After a LOT of trial and error/research, I came to the conclusion that the most likely culprit was either the HDD, Windows, or the motherboard. I reinstalled Windows, that didn't work. As I'd had the HDD installed elsewhere and running without a problem, as well as tested it with Seagate's testing tool (which cleared 100%), I concluded it wasn't the drive.

Plugged everything back in one more time to give the board a last shot, and it seems like it's working again. Didn't expect that. I got my hopes up for nothing, though. After maybe 20 minutes, the HDD disconnects mid-game and I have another weird crash. Plug it in elsewhere, open up Seagate's tool, and it turns out the crash corrupted a bunch of stuff on the drive. Now I have to return that.

The reason all of this was happening, which my professor (Computer Engineering student) had the courtesy to confirm, was a bad SATA controller on the board (in the chipset, I think?) that ended up ruining my drive. Maybe it was a compatibility thing, but I've never heard of an incompatible HDD, as they're all tested to SATA and/or AHCI standards.

I'm going to be contacting Gigabyte and demanding a refund of this board this weekend, as I don't want to risk another similar problem, or end up selling it to someone who later encounters this.

Will not be buying from

Other Thoughts: This review reflects negatively on Gigabyte, not Newegg. Although their change in replacement policy in recent years has made getting this board replaced more difficult that it needs to be, with Gigabyte's notoriously bad RMA service.

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 115629 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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  • Weizhe C.
  • 10/12/2014 1:01:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery Good MotherBoard

Pros: Good Layout
8 pin CPU power for overclocking
Wifi and Bluetooth very easy to setup

Cons: USB 3 headers are in an awkward place
Wish there were more fan pins

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