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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Z97 DDR3 PCI-E16 PCI-E8 XFIRE/SLI SATA3 USB3 HDMI Motherboard

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Product Reviews

Gigabyte Z97X-SLI ATX LGA1150 Z97 DDR3 PCI-E16 PCI-E8 XFIRE/SLI SATA3 USB3 HDMI Motherboard
Very Good
Below Average
Rating: 7.2/10
With 5 User Reviews

Review Date: 02/01/15
Cons: M.2, SATA Express, and SATA3 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time. The SATA3 4/5 connectors will become unavailable when an M.2 SSD is installed

Pros: Great Layout, Pretty good quality, works fine, Inexpensive
I installed M.2 SSD right away after I bought it. Thought I could save extra SATA connector, and in that case I lost two. Spent couple hours checking my hard drives and sata cables, and the end got this.

Review Date: 01/18/15
Cons: Smaller than standard ATXTerrible audio interference on rear audio output

Pros: InexpensiveOverclockableSLI compatible
I bought this motherboard after upgrading from an ITX build.After building I had no issues installing windows, installing drivers and updating the BIOS.however, whenever my GPU (GTX 980 reference) is under load I get huge amounts of audio interference in my headphones which are plugged into the green audio jack on the back of the motherboard. The interference gets louder and quieter when the GPU load changes.There is no coil whine from the GPU and I have never had any issues with my GA-Z87N-SLI while using my GTX 980, so it is definitely an issue with the motherboard.I'm very disappointed about the amount of audio interference especially on a motherboard which is advertised as having low audio interference.
Eta Carinae@NCIX

Review Date: 01/07/15
Cons: Choppy frame rate in UEFI BIOS

Pros: Z97Great sound card for a motherboard (Realtek ALC1150)Great layout supporting both SLI and SATA Express
First Gigabyte motherboard so we'll see how it holds up although I've never had a problem with other products from Gigabyte in the past. I prefer the UEFI BIOS on my older MSI motherboard but it's not the end of the world.

Review Date: 11/17/14
Cons: -Brown PCB! EW!-Red heatsinks MIXED with brown PCB! Double EW!-Not full ATX

Pros: -Nice UEFI-VERY nice onboard audio-Decent looking-Supports SLI-Z97-Not ASUS-Sata Express
This board is very good for the money and I am very satisfied with it considering the build was in a windowless case. The Root beer PCB and red accents really are a no-go in my opinion and the fact that it isn't really ATX (it's narrower and dosent have holes for the most leftwards screws) would make me hesitate to order this to be shown off in a windowed case. The UEFI on this is good and I really like the fact that there is a legacy UEFI, "Advanced" UEFI and basic UEFI. I found myself using the "advanced" one and was happy that all features were consistent between classic and advanced. This board also has some weird legacy ports on it (probably because of the asmedia controller onboard). This board has good fan controls (thie system I built w it is genuinely inaudible at idle and makes a whisper at full load) and the software that comes with it isn't as bloated as the one I got with my ASUS. I used an i5-4590 with this so never got to try out overclocking.tl;dr Nice board while not the best looking (better than gold i guess). I'd step up to the Gaming 3 or 5 if my build had a windowed side panel. Nice that it supports SLI.

Review Date: 10/18/14
Cons: - BIOS has a few visual glitches, can be difficult to navigate- No optical audio out

Pros: + Pretty good documentation+ Drivers easy to find on Gigabyte's website+ Board is well laid out, easy to set up everything+ Easy to overclock my i5-4690K
The motherboard is narrower than standard ATX boards... it will still fit in any case that supports ATX motherboards, this just isn't as wide and thus doesn't have the right-most 3 standoff holes that most ATX boards have.It would be nice if the labels on it were a darker shade of grey, or perhaps red... it doesn't look so hot in my case window with all the white writing on it... but on one of the most affordable Z97 motherboards that is pretty full-featured (SLI, decent overclocking, etc.) I'm not gonna complain over it. This review was modfied by poster @ 11-07-14 07:04 PM

Product Features

atx ddr3
pci hdmi

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI Z97 ATX Motherboard

Maximize your system functioning using the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI Z97 ATX Motherboard. GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards support the latest 4th & 5th Generation Intel® Core? processors, bringing together a unique blend of features and technologies that offer the absolute ultimate platform for your next PC build. The ATX Motherboard lets you install advanced processors and also increase the storage capacity of your system. Its GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support lets GIGABYTE 9 Series motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans. This GIGABYTE Motherboard also supports up to dual-channel 32GB of DDR3 RAM for heavy multitasking. Support for DDR3 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules. You can be sure to enjoy the high quality movies from 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 and the 7.1-CH Audio lets you tune in to your favorite music. Purchase the GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI Z97 ATX Motherboard today and accelerate your system?s functioning.

Product Specifications

Supported CPU
CPU Socket TypeLGA 1150
CPU TypeCore i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
ChipsetIntel Z97
Number of Memory Slots4×240pin
Memory StandardDDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2666(OC)/2600(OC)/2500(OC)/2400(OC)/2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1866(OC)/1800(OC)/1600/1333
Expansion Slots
PCI Express x161
PCI Express x81
PCI Express x13
PCI Slots2
Storage Devices
SATA 6Gb/s6 x SATA 6Gb/s
Onboard Audio
Audio ChipsetRealtek ALC1150
Onboard LAN
LAN ChipsetIntel i217V
Max LAN Speed10/100/1000Mbps
Rear Panel Ports
Video Ports1 x DVI
1 x VGA
USB 3.04 x USB 3.0
USB 1.1/2.02 x USB 2.0
Internal I/O Connectors
Onboard USB2 x USB 3.0 + 6 x USB 2.0
Physical Spec
Form FactorATX
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