Monday, June 2nd 2014
Gigabyte's G1.Gamer line of motherboards are notorious for overlooking the mini-ITX form-factor. The company made up for that by unveiling the Z97N-Gaming 5, a feature-packed socket LGA1150 mini-ITX motherboard based on the Intel Z97 Express motherboard, ready for Intel's Core "Devil's Canyon" enthusiast processors. The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors, and uses a 6-phase CPU VRM. Expansion slots include one PCI-Express 3.0 x16, and an mPCIe 2.0 x1. It lacks SATA-Express and M.2 due to its limited PCB real-estate, but still offers five SATA 6 Gb/s ports. Display outputs include dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Realtek ALC1150 HD audio (115 dBA SNR), and Broadcom Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet are star attractions. Also featured is a WLAN board supporting 802.11 ac and Bluetooth 4.0.