Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

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Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


While mini-ITX is the “fashionable” small form factor of choice for most compact system builders, the micro-ATX form factor is still popular as it offers a better compromise between size, features and cost. Unlike mini-ITX motherboards micro-ATX motherboards require less R&D, encounter less technical challenges and are much cheaper to execute as a result. Enter Gigabyte’s latest Intel 9 Series based motherboard, the GA-Z97MX-Gaming 5. At just $130 this motherboard offers a great balance between size, performance and features – at least on paper. Today we will be putting this micro-ATX offering from Gigabyte through its paces to see how it shapes up in practice. As a Gaming series motherboard it comes with the usual beefed up audio implementation and Killer networking as well as support for multiple GPUs meaning it has most things a gamer could want in a motherboard. Being an Intel 9 Series motherboard there’s also support for the new storage options like M.2 and SATA Express. Below you can find detailed specifications on exactly what this motherboard offers:


Packaging and Accessories

As we’ve seen with Gigabyte’s latest Intel 9 Series motherboards the Gigabyte “eye” makes an appearance. Typically we only saw this on VGA products in the past.

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The back details the features of the motherboard, much of the focus is on the audio implementation.

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Once the box is opened up we get a little flap on the inside which details those key Gaming series features more.

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Included is a variety of documentation, driver & utility DVD and case sticker.

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Four SATA III cables, a black labelled and colour coded rear I/O and a SLI bridge make up the accessories.

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2 Responses to “Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review”
  1. mr2k9 says:

    Brown PCB that might go nicely with noctua fans and some poop colour case… do we have poop colour case? :)

  2. ilovenasilemak says:

    this is not a low-end 4 phase. this is all digital 4 phase.

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