Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK (Intel LGA 1150) Review 19

Gigabyte Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK (Intel LGA 1150) Review

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It has now been several weeks since the launch of Intel's latest, its Z97 chipset, and the Haswell refresh processors. If you paid even a little bit of attention to the boards that have come out to support the latest platform, you will have noticed that one of the largest departures in esthetic design offered this time around comes from none other than Gigabyte. From boards with multi-coloured slots in the past to the more recent orange and black OC Series, Gigabyte definitely has a unique take on product design that few will fail to notice, and they have outdone themselves this time around with a completely new look on nearly everything.

To celebrate the new launch, Gigabyte has launched several new product features that encompass other products they already sell, but this time, some of them get the "BLACK EDITION" moniker, Gigabyte's new testament to ultimate stability. All BLACK EDITION products go through "server-level" 168-hour burn-in testing to ensure the BLACK EDITION board you buy is ready to take the punishment you might dish out.

The first product out of Gigabyte's BLACK EDITION product line to cross my desk was the Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK, a red and black quad-GPU capable board with Gigabyte's latest AMP-UP audio implementation and both Intel and Killer LAN controllers. I present you the Z97X-GAMING G1 WIFI-BK.


CPU SUPPORT:5th/New 4th/4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8 Digital Phases
Memory Power: 2 Digital Phases
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1333 to DDR3 3200+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x128 Mb Flash ROMs
SLOTS:4 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x16/x0/x16/x0 or x8/x8/x8/x8)
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
HDD CONNECTVIITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z97
1 x SATA Express port (uses 2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s ports via Intel Z97)
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Marvell 88SE9172)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel Gigabit LAN, 1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201
PORTS:8 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
8 x USB 2.0 ports (6 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
5 x audio jacks
1 x HDMI port
1 x DisplayPort
1 x DVI Port
1 x Optical Audio port
AUDIO:Creative Sound Core 3D
FAN HEADERS:7 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
  • Extended server level 168 hour durability Test
  • Onboard Creative Sound Core3D quad-core audio processor
  • AMP-UP Audio technology with exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP
  • Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
  • Dual DAC-UP USB ports
  • Gold plated display and audio ports
  • High end Nichicon audio capacitors
  • Killer E2200 and Intel gaming networking
  • Bluetooth 4.0+867Mbps 11AC dual band WIFI card
  • Extreme gaming 4-way graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Water block thermal design with G1/4 threaded fittings
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • Support for APP Center
  • EasyTune
  • EZ Setup
  • Fast Boot
  • Game Controller
  • Cloud Station
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart Recovery 2
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Smart Switch
  • Support for Xpress Install
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