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GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 Black Edition - Circuit and Overclocking Guide

GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 Black Edition - Circuit and Overclocking Guide
Today Steve Bassiri gives us a real close-up look at the GIGABYTE Z97X Gaming G1 WIFI/Black Edition motherboard in his Circuit and Overclocking Guide.
By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: Sep 10, 2014 1:15 am

Introduction

 

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GIIGABYTE has typically followed a straightforward nomenclature when it comes to naming their motherboards, however, with Intel Z97, GIGABYTE seems to have tossed things up, and nowhere is this more evident than in the design and delivery of the GA-Z97X Gaming G1 WIFI/Black Edition.

 

The model name itself is a mouthful, and if there was a competition to name boards with more features with longer names, the GA-Z97X Gaming G1 WIFI/Black Edition would win and take home a trophy. GIGABYTE also tossed things up by using red colors on their Z97 series instead of their G1 green, and they do it tastefully, while incorporating some of their designs from their GPU division.

 

With the departure from green and the traditional naming scheme, the GA-Z97X Gaming G1 WIFI/Black Edition brings about a new area of GIGABYTE gaming boards, with the GA-Z97X Gaming G1 WIFI/Black Edition leading the way.

 

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The Gaming G1 features a total of seven fan headers; users have control over all of them in the UEFI and in Windows. The CPU fan header is the only one with both PWM (4-Pin) and Voltage (3-pin) control, which you can select. The rest of the fan headers are all voltage mode control, which can be used for both 4 and 3-pin fans. There are overclocking features on this gaming series motherboard too, including standard convenience buttons (power, reset, and clear CMOS), dual BIOS selector and single BIOS mode switches, voltage read points, and a POST code (port 80H) display.

 

Let's dive in now and take a close-up look at this motherboard and all that it entails.

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