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Gigabyte Z97X-SLI Motherboard Review

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Posted June 18, 2014 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards

Overview

Hardware:
 
Manufacturer:
 
Price at time of Review: $129.99 on Newegg.com
 

WHAT WE LIKED:

SATA Express and M.2 SATA Features, Great Simplistic Aesthetic Appeal, SLI and Xfire Compatible
 

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Easy Tune OC Features a bit Lacking (stability wise), Lower VRM Pahase
 
BOTTOM LINE:
With the Gigabyte Z97X-SLI motherboard paired with a set of GTX760 in SLI, the performance levels were outstanding. For those looking for a mid range motherboard that won't break the bank we can say that Gigabyte was spot on with the performance to value ratio.
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Introduction

Gigabyte as a motherboard manufacturer has been very successful over the last decade, and the last few years have only served to solidify that. In fact, Gigabyte has taken things a step further with their more recent motherboard releases. Their design team has revamped the styling and improved the lineup with feature-rich variations. Giagbyte’s popular UDX series motherboards are frequently one of the first considered motherboards on the market since the Z77 release.

With Gigabyte’s Haswell refresh, the Z97 chipset, they aim to continue that tradition. Today we are going to be looking at the Z97X-SLI motherboard. By the name, it appears Gigabyte has geared this motherboard towards SLI as its defining feature. However, there is more than meets the eye. At a glance, this board looks a little more simplified when compared to the UDX series board. Will it pack the same punch? We are going to put the Z97X-SLI to the test to see how it stacks up to Gigabyte’s reputation.

Before we do that, let’s hear from Gigabyte.

Closer Look 1

 

About Gigabyte:

GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life, responding promptly and sonorously to consumer needs and desires.

Values in Consumer Experiences: To”Upgrade Your Life” is the idea behind GIGABYTE which conveyed our core values of innovation and inspiration. We keep staying one step ahead of consumer needs, ensuring marvelous consumer experiences with products delivering performance, endurance, craftsmanship, and friendly interfaces. Our innovative designs and exclusive patents have constructed numerous valuable records and enhanced brilliant reputations with the public, including Ultra Durable™ 5 Technology, G1 Killer Gaming Motherboards with AMP-UP Audio Technology, Dual Port Thunderbolt™ Motherboards, WINDFORCE™ 5X SOC Graphics Cards, 2X Copper PCB, 24 Phase Power VRM Design and so forth. Furthermore, we continue to inspire consumer desires with products in multiple values, that include 15.6″ Ultrablade Gaming Laptop P35K and 11.6″ Tablet Padbook™ S1185. The P35K, with the swappable DVD-ROM/HDD slot, efficiently maximizes its storage capacity in the incredibly slim body of 21mm only. And the S1185, with its magnetically attached keyboard on the go, could be easily turned into laptop mode usage just in a snap.

Services with Customer Satisfaction: To offer professional and valuable services, GIGABYTE has built up a complete service network with hundreds of customer service centers, maximizing customer satisfaction around the globe. The delivery of customer experiences has been transformed into tangible and understood customer cares with online technical support and customer-friendly warranty program. We are customer-oriented from the very beginning of product development to the end of value chain. To achieve customer satisfaction, we not only deliver products in top quality but offer anytime-anywhere access of services and create new connections to customers with close, rapid and responsive services.

Power of Continuous Inspiration: As a Taiwan’s Top 20 Brand valued at over US$133 million, GIGABYTE has continually developed advanced technologies and innovative adoption to provide new ways of enhancing customer experiences. With over 10 thousand awards from media and authoritative organizations around the globe, GIGABYTE has gained reputation as a pioneer in motherboard and VGA innovation. As Asia’s Top 100 Tech Company in 2011 and with 100% award-winning of Taiwan Excellence, GIGABYTE has been delivering consistency and accuracy in response to consumer desires. In future, GIGABYTE commit to strengthening our unique position with key technologies, advanced innovations, quality assurance and customer services, leading pace to desires of consumers and the whole world beyond our door.

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Let’s move forward and take a look at the Z97 Chipset.

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3 Comments


  1.  
    GorbazTheDragon

    Tried turning up the VRin?




    •  
      Kenny

      Hi GorbazTheDragon,

      We did, while it helped, but it wasn’t stable unless voltages were cranked up a bit. While the MB was able to handle the voltages, the lower VRM phase made stability a little bit of an issue. In other board reviews, we have been able to manage 4.6GHz with lower vcore, however with this motherboard we weren’t able to achieve those.

      Thanks for your suggestion and reply.




      •  
        GorbazTheDragon

        Yeah, I did some more searching, and the mosfet quality on this VRM is pretty bad on top of the fact that it only has 4 phases…





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