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GIGABYTE Next Generation Motherboards

Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Gaming Series

The GIGABYTE Gaming Series motherboards feature updated branding and aesthetics to better appeal to the enthusiast and gaming community, where system performance is just as important as board aesthetics. The board's in this line feature a matte black PCB with dark red, chromes heat sinks. The chipset heat sink on all Gaming Series boards features the Gaming Series logo.

Notable Gaming Series board features include

  • 4-way AMD X-Fire and NVIDIA SLI support on Gaming G1 WIFI board using integrated PLX PCIe bridge chip
  • 3-way AMD X-Fire and dual-card NVIDIA SLI support on lower tiered boards
  • Integrated Creative Sound Core3D audio solution for the ultimate in-game sound on the Gaming G1 and Gaming G1 WIFI boards
  • Separate, red-illuminated audio PCB integrated into board design to minimize cross-talk and board component interference
  • Japanese-based Nichicon MUSE ES series audio capacitors integrated into audio PCB - same capacitors used on high-end audio receivers
  • G1/4 threaded ports integrated into Gaming G1 WIFI VRM heat sink, allowing for use of user provided water barbs

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Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI motherboard

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Z97X-Gaming G1 and Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI motherboards side-by-side

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Z97X-Gaming 7 motherboard

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Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard

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Z97X-Gaming 5 motherboard integrated into GIGABYTE test system

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Z97X-Gaming 3 motherboard integrated into GIGABYTE test system

April 24, 2014 | 05:16 PM - Posted by djotter

There is no blur the Z97 on the gaming board :O

April 24, 2014 | 09:36 PM - Posted by JM Popaleetus (not verified)

Any idea what audio chipset is being used on the "AMP-UP Audio" branded boards between the Realtek and Core3D models?

April 25, 2014 | 09:05 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

The Core3D uses Soundblaster hardware and software, while the Realtek uses Soundblaster software only.  More information to come after launch day...

April 25, 2014 | 05:27 PM - Posted by JM Popaleetus (not verified)

So the "AMP-UP Audio" branded chip is just a Realtek chip with Creative drivers?

Sort of a hybrid between the "Core3D" branded and non-branded Realtek versions?

April 24, 2014 | 11:36 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I hope they stick with green for their high end gaming series, every other board maker has red.

April 26, 2014 | 06:51 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

From what we've seen, their high end gaming seires will be Red and Black...

April 24, 2014 | 11:38 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

almost missed the threaded WC holes on the VRM HS lets hope it not made from ali.

April 28, 2014 | 03:01 PM - Posted by Dusty

I bet that it is, although most water cooling companies have brass or nickel plating in their water blocks and radiators to prevent the corrosion seen in the early days of water cooling.

April 25, 2014 | 10:41 AM - Posted by mAxius

It looks like most of these boards will have sata express ports. (note the big block of plastic next to the sata blocks) the question is whats connecting to the back end of the ports sata express or sata3.

April 26, 2014 | 06:52 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Stay tuned for the full reviews in a few weeks once the information embargo has been lifted...

April 30, 2014 | 04:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

like your profile picture


May 2, 2014 | 02:33 PM - Posted by Dan (not verified)

With all this fancy audio coming to motherboards, when are we going to get back to putting vacuum tubes in the preamp. Remember this bad boy

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