GIGABYTE Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅11-05-14
Conclusion

There is no doubting Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK’s ability to impress. GIGABYTE has packed this motherboard with so many useful features which both the primary audience – the gamer, and the typical enthusiast will find very useful.

Adjusting the theme of a long-standing product can have unpredictable results but we think GIGABYTE has pulled it off. Aesthetically, Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK is appealing to the eye and will pair up very well with other hardware.

Having the option to water cool the VRMs is a handy integration because having a hybrid cooling solution opens the door to enthusiasts who want to push the limits of the system. Accompanying this are other overclocking features such as onboard buttons, LED debug, OC-PEG and DualBIOS.

Upon our initial look at Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK, we were surprised to see no M.2 socket but then we realised that the PLX chip and 4-Way graphics card support is something which gamers favour over optional storage. Irrespective of this, there is still SATA Express to future proof this offering.



Audio is another area which has been given special treatment. There are various components situated on the motherboard which will transform the audio experience for gamers and audiophiles. Creative Core3D is fundamental in delivering high-quality sound and we really like the inclusion of the gain switches on the motherboard to amplify audio for high-impedance products. All of this is backed by studio-class CAPs and an interchangeable OP-AMP so that the user can adjust things to their own particular taste or preference.

Priced at £250 GBP / $379 USD, Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK is certainly in the upper price-bracket for Z97 motherboards but then it does stand out from the crowd – not simply for the visual appearance but in regards to the feature-set. Having advanced overclocking tools, a PLX chip and improved audio components pushes the price up but if these are the features you need then Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK is a brilliant choice.

Z97X-Gaming G1 WiFi-BK is the ideal Z97 motherboard for gamers and enthusiasts who demand the most from their system. Graphics, audio and performance are a particular highlight and we have no qualms in giving this motherboard our stamp of approval.

Pros
+ Superb aesthetics
+ Premium components
+ Packed with numerous included items
+ Option to water cool VRMs
+ Numerous overclocking features
+ Great overclocker
+ PLX 8747 chip
+ Upgradable OP-AMP
+ Advanced audio features
+ 4-Way SLI/CrossfireX

Cons
- No M.2 socket



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