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Item#: N82E16813128701
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3200(OC)/3100(OC)
  • $299.99
  • $289.99
  • Free Shipping (restrictions apply)

Pros:

Pros very well built pcb board is sturdy. Allows for a nicer spacing of 2 cards then many other companies.

If you have a big case and run 2 gpus using Prolimatech PRO-MK-26-BK MK-26 Black Series GPU Cooler's they will space far enough apart to run as sli and quietly .

A very big pro to run top notch cards in sli with no heating or sound issues.

It handles everything I do well. But I do not game much…..

Has 2 ethernet jacks very nice. Very good sound options. I can't find much flaw.

It also is the first board I have used that works with my ram .

Has physical bios switches .
Has better op amps you can swap out.
Has an internal power button.----------------------I really like that in a board.

I had two sticks of

AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model R938G2401U1K

this ram did not work in any motherboard. And I have tried 5 other boards . well it works fine with this mother board.

Cons:

Could have a sys fan jack in one more spot.

My rear exhaust fan went across my gpu's to plug in.
For me it was okay due to the custom after market cooling on the pair of hd7970's I used. but if you have standard fans an issue.

Other Thoughts:

High mobos are personal taste items.

Gigabyte, Asus ,Asrock and Evga , Intel boards Have all been in my home.

Gigabyte has consistently had two advantages zero failures everyone

worked. Two I like the spacing of the gpus better on gigabyte then any other mobo.

I am used to the bios so I don't complain about it. I also over clock gpus more then cpus or ram. I use msi afterburner.

Should you buy this sure why not.

It is close to the Asus z97-ws in price and quality. I really prefer the gigabyte's power button location over the asus's alot.

the rest and the power button on the asus are next to each other and a gpu can hide them causing you to press the wrong buttton. not the case with the gigabyte. trust me resetting your mobo when you do not want to is a hassle. most likely to happen with the asus not this board.

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  • Philip A.
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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