Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Gigabyte Shows Off A Trio of Z97 Motherboards

With less than three weeks to go until the official launch of the 9 Series chipsets, Gigabyte has decided to share a few pictures depicting three of its boards powered by the Z97. Seen below are the Z97X-UD5H BK (Black Edition), the Z97X-UD7 TH and the overclocking-ready Z97X-SOC Force which feature support for Haswell Refresh and older LGA1150 processors.

All three boards have an Ultra Durable design, they are SLI and CrossFire capable (the UD5 and UD7 provide three PCI-Express x16 slots while the SOC model offers four such slots), and include four DDR3 memory slots, one SATA Express connector, two (Z97X-SOC) or four (Z97X-UD5H, Z97X-UD7) SATA 6.0 Gbps ports, 7.1 channel audio and Gigabit Ethernet (the UD7 TH and SOC Force pack a Killer E2200 NIC).

The Z97X-UD7 TH also comes with Thunderbolt 2 support (not sure if it's one port or two) while the Z97X-UD5H BK is equipped with one (10 Gb/s) M.2 connector. No word on prices but those should be revealed soon enough.
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15 Comments on Gigabyte Shows Off A Trio of Z97 Motherboards

#1
lolsop
OMG did their designer die?
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#2
Devon68
OMG did their designer die?
Ha ha ha this comment cheered me up. Thanks.
The Black looks good but the others well ''what the hell were they thinking'' those colors don't match anything.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
by: Devon68
Ha ha ha this comment cheered me up. Thanks.
The Black looks good but the others well ''what the hell were they thinking'' those colors don't match anything.
They have been doing orange on their OC boards for a while.
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#4
haswrong
by: MxPhenom 216
They have been doing orange on their OC boards for a while.
missing the green, but i like the usb3 front connectors on the orange..
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#5
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Green is on their gaming line of boards, but from other pictures ive seen their G1 board will have red instead.
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#6
LeonVolcove
by: MxPhenom 216
Green is on their gaming line of boards, but from other pictures ive seen their G1 board will have red instead.
Agreed i like their green design
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#7
ohyouknow
Need a purple line IMO. I know it's not everyone's fancy but... the colors duke. The colors.
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#8
The Von Matrices
I don't get the design choices on these boards. The only feature that Z97 has over Z87 is native M.2 SSD support, yet only one of the boards takes advantage of it.
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#9
9700 Pro
Laughed at those blurs on the 9 numbers, you don't need to be a Sherlock to know what those are :)
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#12
Octavean
I guess I am one of the few that doesn't much care about the color scheme,....

I honestly only really care about things like how it performs, how it OCs, its feature set, how durable it is, warranty support, how much it cost and so on. You know, practical stuff,…. I’m not color blind but I just don’t put much consideration into aesthetics, which, is why I was able to buy a Gigabyte board (GA-P35C-DS3R) way back when they were stuck in that multi-color rainbow phase.
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#13
Hilux SSRG
A Z97X-UD4H BK would be nice without the Killer NIC !!
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#14
chodaboy19
I think it's time to drop the PCI 2.0/3.0 slots...
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#15
Hilux SSRG
by: chodaboy19
I think it's time to drop the PCI 2.0/3.0 slots...
Nice try but your comment is :wtf:.
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