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Pros: High quality advanced design over clocking mother board with audio and network gaming strengths. Strong high quality voltage controls for tuning system.
Cons: Would have liked IR 3550 ICs on VRM but 8 phases of IR 3553 is plenty of high quality digitally controlled DC voltage for 4th and 5th gen Intel CPUs.
Originally gave 1 on review because of marketing misinformation on amperage ratings if ICs. Contacted Gigabyte yesterday and today they have corrected WEB site information. Newegg customer service worked things out and I'm now keeping the Z97 SOC Force. Almost returned it but everything is cool now.
Other Thoughts: 60 amp chokes on Z87 OC are over kill but they are better than the 40 amp chokes that are on the Z87 Force. Overall quality and feature set is decent upgrade going from Z87 OC to Z97 SOC Force.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Good MB.
Cons: Giving it one star because I bought this MB based on the Gigabyte micro WEB site which states this MB uses the best quality VRM design with 60A components which would be IR 3550 ICs for each phase on the VRM.
Now that I have the MB in my possession I have inspected the VRMs and know that the VRM's on the phase are not rated for 60 amp. Instead they are rated for 40 amps. IR 3553M.
Big let down. Not sure if I will keep the MB or return it. My gut tells me to get rid of it.
What should have been an exciting and fun experience is now turned into a let down.
Other Thoughts: Why now IR 3550 love for OC series for the Z97 chipet?READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I bought this card knowing that Sapphire stated that it would be supported by SApphires Voltage TRIXX software and this was a PRO to me but it has been over a month and still no updated TRIXX.
Cons: Sapphire you guys let me down with your VApor X HD79XX series please take action and get these 290 series BIOS working for over clocking and get the TRIXX working.
Other Thoughts: 1 star till Sapphire does some work and fixes the TRIXX software and gets a better BIOS working. Also AMD needs to fix their drivers. Many people complain about black screens.READ FULL REVIEW