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GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #104 in Intel Motherboards


Pros: Good audio, m.2, SLI, Intel NIC, decent number of USB3 headers nad IO

Cons: Really weak power delivery, definitely NOT an overclocking board

I low-balled a bid, I thought, on ebay, but later learned that i only received around a $10-$15 discount. that said, I was due for an upgrade so I went ahead and rolled with it. It is an easy enough board to build with. It has decent IO with an Intel NIC, and there are a fair number of USB 3 on the rear IO. There are also a good number of USB2 and USB3 headers. It has the Realtek ALC 1150 audio solution (a good one) so I will probably ditch my HT Omega sound card (a necessity on my last board).

The board can run high speed memory (mine is 2400), and it worked fine out of a the box. My only real complaint is that it has literally the bare minimum when it comes to power delivery. I went ahead and bought a non-overclocking CPU as a result (E3-1231 v3), but I would not recommend this board if you want to get a k-CPU and overclock. I would actually go so far as to say the few little chokes around the CPU look ridiculous. If I could do it again I would have bought the UD5.

Overall, this is a good board for a low price. If you want an SLI board with good audio and m,2 for a low price, this is your board.
GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI ATX Intel Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard Number of Memory Slots: 4×240pin Memory Standard: DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2666(OC)/ 2600(OC)/2500(OC)/2400(OC)/2200(OC)/2133(OC)/2000(OC)/1866(OC)/ Onboard Video Chipset: Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic Audio Chipset: Realtek ALC1150 Max LAN Speed: 10/100/1000Mbps PCI Express x16: 1 (x16) 1 (x8) CPU Type: Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150) Maximum Memory Supported: 32GB

Model NumberGA-Z97X-SLI
ClassificationMotherboards - Intel
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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