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Motherboard

Gigabyte GA-Z97X-Gaming 3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard

(19 Ratings, 4.4 Average)

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Specifications

Manufacturer

Gigabyte

Part #

GA-Z97X-Gaming 3

Manufacturer

Gigabyte

Socket / CPU

LGA1150

Form Factor

ATX

RAM Slots

4

Max RAM

32 GB

Color

Black / Red

Chipset

Intel Z97

Memory Type

DDR3

Memory Slots

4

Memory Speed

  • DDR3-1066
  • DDR3-1333
  • DDR3-1600
  • DDR3-1800
  • DDR3-1866
  • DDR3-2000
  • DDR3-2133
  • DDR3-2200
  • DDR3-2400
  • DDR3-2500
  • DDR3-2600
  • DDR3-2666
  • DDR3-2800
  • DDR3-2933
  • DDR3-3000
  • DDR3-3100
  • DDR3-3200

SLI/CrossFire

  • 2-Way SLI Capable
  • CrossFire Capable

PCI-E x16 Slots

3

PCI-E x8 Slots

0

PCI-E x4 Slots

0

PCI-E x1 Slots

3

PCI Slots

1

Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

SATA 6 Gb/s

4

SATA Express

1

M.2 Slots

1

mSATA Slots

0

Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

Onboard USB3.0 Headers

Yes

Supports ECC

No

Wireless Networking

None

RAID Support

Yes

Price History

    Reviews

    colonelnicky
    • 32 points
    • 52 months ago

    from completed build Quiet destroyer (NZ)

    Solid Motherboard. Wish there was a little more red vs the black, but that's nothing I couldn't tell you from the pictures. Everything is working well. It slightly concerned me that the Define R4 had "A" (for ATX) next to some Motherboard standoffs beside where this Motherboard sat, but that's... not really any kind of an issue.

    There's a little red lighting strip near the I/O which is a nice confirmation that it's running.

    gazereths
    • 17 points
    • 54 months ago

    from completed build From Budget to Beast (ish)

    Pretty solid MOBO with all the features I want, can't really see the difference between this and the Gaming 5 if I'm honest. Easy to navigate BIOS with classic and HD views.

    passive-aggressor
    • 15 points
    • 49 months ago

    from completed build Murphy's Law

    According to Newegg and Amazon reviews, I'm lucky I got a working one. Then again, that could be said of the Asus Z97-A, which I also looked at. However, if you didn't glean this from any other review, IT IS SKINNIER THAN STANDARD ATX SIZE, AND WILL NOT REACH ALL OF THE STAND-OFFS IN YOUR CASE. Aside from that, no real complaints. The fan control in the BIOS isn't very intuitive. I think the case fan speeds are based off of the red eye logo thing, since my case fans stay loud after gaming, and the only thing that stays hot is the red eye heatsink thing under my graphics card. The smart tweak BIOS is easy enough for overclocking, and even has descriptions for most of the settings. Before Xbit Labs (a review site at least as good as Anandtech) shut down, they said this motherboard had high power consumption and wouldn't let their i7-4790k get past 4.7 GHz.

    iWalky
    • 12 points
    • 55 months ago

    Got it with the CPU at a discount from Micro Center. Everything is nicely labeled. Only negative is the lack of fan headers. 3 is not enough, but with the fan controller this wasn't an issue. Good board for OCing.

    bowlby87
    • 10 points
    • 35 months ago

    from completed build P400s Build

    My MSI Gaming 5 failed so bought this second hand on ebay. Works a treat. Has all the connectivity i need.

    colonelnicky
    • 7 points
    • 59 months ago

    from completed build ColonelNicky's first build

    Solid Motherboard. Wish there was a little more red vs the black, but that's nothing I couldn't tell you from the pictures. Everything is working well.

    It slightly concerned me that the Define R4 had "A" (for ATX) next to some Motherboard standoffs beside where this Motherboard sat, but that's... not really any kind of an issue.

    There's a little red lighting strip near the I/O which is a nice confirmation that it's running.

    AmbularD
    • 7 points
    • 47 months ago

    from completed build Blue

    Acquired open-box on eBay. Working fine; I like the two PS/2 connectors and the potential for M.2 SSD upgrade. The red track lighting was an unwelcome surprise, but was easy enough to disable. SATA connectors are a bit awkwardly placed, but not too bad. The board is a bit narrow and does not reach all the standard ATX standoffs; not too big a problem, just requires a little extra care when plugging in cables near the unsupported edge.

    OlekRaymond
    • 6 points
    • 34 months ago

    Does the trick for me. Haven't tried overclocking it but it looks soooooo pretty and the HDMI out is really helpful as I am not a VGA person. I bought this motherboard specifically as it had a 10GBs M.2 slot which is rare of this CPU generation.

    P.S It has red lights :) :D

    ETGordon
    • 2 points
    • 32 months ago

    Works alright, had all the feature I needed, cheap on sale, overclockable if needed. Only thing I wish it had is WiFi

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