👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅11-05-14
Packaging & First Look

Packaging for Z97X-Gaming G1-WIFI-BK

Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK is presented in a professional and eye-catching box. On the front, “Black Edition” is rather hard to miss and GIGABYTE are keen to emphasise this highlight, as well as the “168 Hour Server Level Durability Tested” which is printed in the upper edge.

Around the sides and back there are details concerning the features and specifications.

A glimpse of the motherboard

Being a premium motherboard, Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK has been given special treatment which extends even to the packaging. The box features a lid which, when uncovered reveals further insight into the features and a sneak preview of the actual board itself through a transparent window.

Inside, the motherboard and accessories are placed within two trays.

The included items within the bundle

Inside the box, there are a plethora of accessories included with Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK. These items included are as follows:

• Documentation – User Guide, Warranty and certificate of stability
• Six braided SATA cables
• Rear IO Shield
• Flexible SLI Bridge
• Flexible CrossfireX Bridge
• Solid 3-Way SLI Bridge
• Solid 4-Way SLI Bridge
• WiFi Card / Antennas
• USB 3.0 Front Panel Adapter
• Case Stickers

An overview of Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK

Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK is regarded as one of GIGABYTE’s prolific Z97 offering, jam-packed with high-end features. Touted as the “Black Edition” this motherboard uses a matt black PCB which avid system builders really favour nowadays. Although Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK has the “Black” moniker it does have a lick of colour on the heatsinks. Overall, this motherboard looks fantastic and it pairs up very well with other hardware.

There are a total of 7 fan headers on Z97X-GAMING G1-WIFI-BK, giving lots of flexibility for cooling capabilities.

As a bonus, GIGABYTE stress test all Black Edition products by putting them through an arduous, 7 day test to ensure utmost stability. Below are the details surrounding this test from GIGABYTE themselves:

GIGABYTE Black Edition motherboards undergo an extra 168 hours (7 days) of stress testing before shipment to ensure premium quality for our customers.

During the 168 hour test, each motherboard needs to pass rigorous full system validation testing including Litecoin mining for 1 full week. GIGABYTE has built a custom testing facility at out Taiwan (Nanping) factory, capable of testing up to 3,000 motherboards at a time.

Black Edition owners will receive an up to 5 year warranty when they register on the GIGIABYTE website (warranty period may vary by region).

A Certificate of Validation is included with every board, issued by the GIGABYTE factory and signed by the manufacturing VP & GM to indicate this board has passed our highest test standards.

Photos will be taken at regular time intervals during the 168 hours test, and users can view them from the GIGABYTE website to see how their board is holding up under testing.

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