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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 Motherboard
The mainboard has comfortable design, good features set and basic bundle. It has good overclocking power and typical performance.
The mainboard has many pros, but we found one very bad thing: power consumption of GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 is too high.
GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio™ Technology
|Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.|
|Additional Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3|
|GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards also include Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite. Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite is a powerful audio platform offering premium audio quality, effects and features for gamers. It features SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fullest audio experience.|
|Killer™ E2200 Gaming Network|
|NO LAG, JUST FRAG!
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions.
|M.2 Onboard Connector|
|GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices.|
|Cpu||#Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package # L3 cache varies with CPU|
|Chipset||Intel® Z97 Express Chipset|
|Ram||# 4x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed. # Dual channel memory architecture # Support for DDR3 3200(O.C.) / 3100(O.C.) / 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 # Support for non-ECC memory modules # Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules|
|Onboard Graphics||# 1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz # 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz * The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter. # 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz or 2560x1600@60Hz * Support for HDMI 1.4a version. # Support for up to 3 displays at the same time # Maximum shared memory of 512MB|
|Audio||# Realtek® ALC1150 codec # Support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 # High Definition Audio # 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel # Support for S/PDIF Out|
|Expansion Slots||# 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16) * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot. # 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8) * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode. (The PCIEX16 and PCIEX8 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.) # 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4) * The PCIEX4 slot shares bandwidth with all PCI Express x1 slots. All PCI Express x1 slots will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed. * When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration (PCH) in BIOS Setup to x4. (Refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Peripherals," for more information.) # 3 x PCI Express x1 slots (The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.) # 1 x PCI slot|
|Hard Disk||# 1 x M.2 PCIe connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2242/2260/2280 SATA & PCIe SSD support) #1 x SATA Express connector # 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) (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.) # Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10|
|LAN||# Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)|
|USB||# 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header) # 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)|
|Internal I/O Connectors||1x 24-pin ATX main power connector 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors 1 x CPU fan header 1 x system fan header 1 x front panel header 1 x front panel audio header 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers 1 x parallel port header 1 x serial port header 1 x Clear CMOS jumper|
|BIOS||2 x 64 Mbit flash Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS Support for DualBIOS™ PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a|
|Unique Features||# Support for Q-Flash # Support for Xpress Install # Support for APP Center * Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications. @BIOS EasyTune EZ Setup USB Blocker # Support for ON/OFF Charge|
|Bundle Software||# Norton® Internet Security (OEM version) # Intel® Rapid Start Technology # Intel® Smart Connect Technology # Intel® Small Business Advantage|
|Operating System||Support for Microsoft® Windows® 8/7/Vista/XP|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm|