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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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.

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I am an eggspert reviewer


It comes in a nice box complete with a handle has a good look to it.
It has a very sturdy thick pcb board.
Has lots of quality caps.

Cons: None since this is the first part of the review and testing it has not started yet.

This is the reason for a 5 star review. the second part is the more accurate reivew I hope to have done it by the 1st of july

Other Thoughts: I plan to use an intel 4790 i7 cpu.
I will test it with an hd7970 gpu
I will test it with a pair of r280x visiontec cards
I will test it with an asus r290 card.
this will use a 1tb samsung ssd as the only drive
it will use mushkin silverline 8gb sticks of ram
and I have a pair of 4gb gamer sticks that I reviewed a while ago they failed to work in 3 different z87 boards maybe they work here.

I will put all of this into a fractal design 4 midsize case.

I will use a fractal 1000 watt platinum psu to power this.

I will use a decent usb dac and attempt to decide if I like the sound.

I will use an asus dvd player to load software and play some cd's dvds etc.

I will also use a new windows 7 ultimate os which arrives tomorrow.

Every once in a while I make a build that is to game and do htpc.

This has that goal in mind.

AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 (PC3 19200) Desktop Memory Model R938G2401U1K
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: They are low profile

Cons: They do not work in the two motherboards that I have tested.

I tested in a gigabyte zs5 z87 board and in an asrock s77 itx-e board.

both gave me endless boot loops. 1 stick or 2 sticks in any slot tested. I figured the asrick z77 would not work as it is an older board. the gigabyte is a new board. I will test a newer gigabyte board this week.

Other Thoughts: I had hoped the gigabyte board would work.


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Display Name: Philip A.

Date Joined: 12/13/08

  • Reviews: 52
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  • First Review: 06/19/09
  • Last Review: 06/30/14
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