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Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

Continuing our recent focus on gaming motherboards, we have the Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 7 in for review. Hitting retail with an aggressive sub-£140 price tag, Gigabyte is aiming to lure in potential buyers with the Gaming 7 motherboard’s gaming-orientated features, striking colour scheme, and four-year warranty. 

Fusing together the company’s high-performance G1 Audio with a Killer E2200 series NIC, Gigabyte is targeting gamers who value crisp sounds and lag-free gameplay. 10Gbps SATA Express and M.2 connectors allow gamers to optimise their loading times, while support for multi-VGA configurations permit the Z97X-Gaming 7’s users to utilise CrossFire and SLI.


With its Z97 series motherboards, Gigabyte has put a large emphasis on stability and durability. The Z97X-Gaming 7 uses durable power delivery components and offers a warranty period of up to four years.

Can Gigabyte’s Z97X-Gaming 7 prove that it is able to offer the performance that gamers looking for a sub-£140 motherboard desire?


  • Gigabyte G1 Audio solution
  • Killer E2200 gaming networking platform
  • Multi graphics support
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • M.2 for SSDs drives with up to 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune and Cloud Station utilities

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  • Eran

    Gigabyte used to be a leader, and I still love their products, but what is with this red and black on every product? These are traditionally ASUS ROG colours, which even MSI are copying now. I want oranges/greens etc like Z87. Its a huge loss for me and im very disappointed to see this.

  • Andy

    Great product and well priced. I want it in green too. Sounds like such a minor point, but im a Gigabyte purist and I dont want another red and black board. What is going on!

  • Rt23ds

    ASUS must be loving this. MSI copied their ROG colours and now Gigabyte. I suppose you could say the colours don’t matter, but every company has a certain colour scheme which their fans end up liking over the years.

    Z97 has not impressed me so far, no new processors , apart from locked nonsense and all the companies have decided to make their products look identical.

    Im waiting until later this year as I want to build a new system in my green Nvidia branded case. I dont want fu&king red and black to clash with all the rest of my components and my liquid in the water cooler.

  • Street Fighter

    Wow every forum and page I go to, has people complaining about red and black boards from Gigabyte. Who cares what colour a board is? all this colour coordinating crap is for women. matching shoes etc!

    Its a great looking board, but I am waiting for this platform to settle a little and to work out if the upcoming K processors are worth a pitch.

  • Leo

    Another great review from Luke. thanks. I am curious Luke – which is your favourite Z97 board to this point? Id like to see a review of a sniper – hopefully they make that with green heatsinks. I like to colour coordinate my system too. Seems everyone who doesnt own a red or black case is screwed with Z97.

  • Dimitris Makridis

    Ga- Ζ97p-D3 are better from all ther “yellow series” Mothrboards!
    I have use almost all except by one and im 99% is better in many ways working better in all works u wan’t to do with CPU,Best O.C,Sound (gigabybite maybe can do it better for this but is great like this anyway, Is Faster & Many More… And the very best is cheap right now 🙂

    Sorry if i dont for my bad english but this is my oppinion and for my Store ppl say this and sell it more from others “in yellow series always” !

    Very nice post thank you very mych!!!