It looks like Gigabyte has unveiled their upcoming Z97 motherboards, which will include their Gaming G1 Series and their OC Force products. The Gaming G1 Series is of course aimed towards gamers while the OC series is more focused towards overclockers and enthusiasts.
Gigabyte is keeping their OC line which is made for overclockers. They are also renaming their Gaming G1 line to simply “Gaming”. Right now we have the details on the following Gigabyte Z97 Motherboards:
– Gigabyte GA-Z97X-G1 Gaming Wi-Fi Black Edition
– Gigabyte GA-Z97X-SOC Force
– Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD7 TH
– Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Black Edition
Starting off the Gaming line will be the GA-Z97X-G1 Gaming Wi-Fi Black Edition (BK), which will feature Gigabyte’s latest Ultra Durable components and new additions like the Sound Core G Chip and other gaming essentials. As you can see from the photo above the board will feature built-in watercooling support for the power delivery components. This is something that we have seen on other motherboards before. The board will have an 8 phase VRM with top of the line components. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and four PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. For storage you will have four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA Express ports as well as a USB 3.0 header. The board looks to have voltage check points, power and reset buttons and a debug LED.
For all of your overclockers out there here we have the GA-Z97X-SOC Force. It will also have an 8 phase VRM but power to the CPU comes in the form of an 8pin + 4pin configuration for bringing more juice to the CPU for extreme overclocking. There are quite a few overclocking buttons, dip switches, voltage check points, power and reset buttons and a debug LED by the DDR3 slots. For expansion you have four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x8/x8), a single PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slot and two PCI Slots. For storage there are four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA Express ports. The board will have the Killer E2200 LAN chip.
The flagship board for Gigabyte’s classic series will be the GA-Z97X-UD7 TH. The “TH” stands for Thunderbolt, which this board comes equipped with two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The board features a black and yellow design, which we are fans of. This board will have an 8 phase VRM like the others. For storage you have four SATA 6GB/s ports, two SATA Express ports and a USB 3.0 header. Expansion includes three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x4) and three PCI-Express x1 slots. There are power and reset buttons located towards the top of the board as well.
Also part of the classic series is the Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H Black Edition. The motherboard will feature an impressive 12 phase Ultra Durable VRM design. This motherboard also has the black and yellow color scheme. For expansion you have three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8/x4), two PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots and two legacy PCI slots. Storage includes four SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA Express ports. It looks like these “Black Edition” boards will have more features over the normal versions of the same board.
Stay turned for more information on Gigabyte’s Z97 motherboards as we get closer to when they officially launch.
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