Friday, May 15th 2015

Gigabyte Intros Z97X-Game Plus Motherboard

From a sea of black and red, Gigabyte brushed a refreshing stroke of green, with its latest socket LGA1150 motherboard, the Z97X-Game Plus. Designed to compete with $150-ish mainline products such as ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer, which are loaded with gamer-centric features and product design, though barely missing premium gaming brands such as ROG or G1.Gaming; the new Z97X Game Plus could be particularly appealing to gamers with "green" (read: reference NVIDIA) gaming PC builds. The Z97X-Game Plus is a socket LGA1150 motherboard, with out of the box support for 5th gen Core "Broadwell" processors, in addition to Core "Haswell."

The board draws power from 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. An 8-phase VRM conditions it for the CPU, which is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4). Other expansion slots include three PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and one legacy PCI. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports (from which two wire out as SATA-Express 10 Gb/s), and one M.2 (PCIe 2.0 x2 physical layer). Notable features include Gigabyte's famed AMP-UP onboard audio, with an EMI-shielded 115 dBA SNR CODEC, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade electrolytic caps, and an OPAMP with tuning for music and gaming; Broadcom Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0 ports, and dual-UEFI BIOS. Expect a $140-150 pricing.
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15 Comments on Gigabyte Intros Z97X-Game Plus Motherboard

#1
Chaitanya
finally a Z97 motherboard that can be used with Nzxt H440 Razer edition case.
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#2
nickbaldwin86
Sweet a green and black theme for all my green and black themes
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#3
buildzoid
Yay gigabyte makes green again.
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#4
ironwolf
So will the gaming police come after me if I drop my AMD card on one of these? :fear::laugh:
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#5
Caring1
Yay, my son just ordered a Gigabyte B5 Sniper 2 days ago because he wanted the green theme.
Guess I won't tell him about this. :slap:
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#6
peche
Thermaltake fanboy
Caring1 said:
Yay, my son just ordered a Gigabyte B5 Sniper 2 days ago because he wanted the green theme.
Guess I won't tell him about this. :slap:
worstluck ever ...!
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#7
birdie
For the past six months various OEMs have released over 20 "new" motherboards for socket 1155. I wonder why they keep doing that considering the fact that Skylake is around the corner. What's the point?
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#8
Animalpak
I like it looks really clean and interesting.
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#9
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
birdie said:
For the past six months various OEMs have released over 20 "new" motherboards for socket 1150. I wonder why they keep doing that considering the fact that Skylake is around the corner. What's the point?
Broadwell.
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#10
INSTG8R
I'm honestly happy to see a PCI slot. My X-Fi Fatality might keep on going for one more build. Too bad I'm not a Gigabyte fan...
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#11
Random Murderer
The Anti-Midas
INSTG8R said:
I'm honestly happy to see a PCI slot. My X-Fi Fatality might keep on going for one more build. Too bad I'm not a Gigabyte fan...
Here, friend.
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#13
Lu(ky
Chaitanya said:
finally a Z97 motherboard that can be used with Nzxt H440 Razer edition case.
I agree I was surprised when I saw it myself. I'm in the process building a new small rig with Gigbytes Sniper M5 Z87 mobo I have laying around wondering if they plan on making a MATX board? I will be using the Phanteks Enthoo Evolv gray case.

Also what's up with Gigabytes website can't even look through it without getting RUNATIME ERROR everytime I try to look at motherboards. How can they sell mobo's if they can not even have a running online site.
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#14
Caring1
Chaitanya said:
finally a Z97 motherboard that can be used with Nzxt H440 Razer edition case.
That's on order too, hopefully the components for my sons build will start coming in next week.
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#15
ypsylon
Nice looking board, but man. Ugh another Z97? Still waiting when they release some XL-ATX powerhouse monster for X99... Current offerings are very underwhelming IMHO.
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