Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Motherboard Review

Power and Software

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force Review

Power and Software

Finally, having the ability to have so many tools at your disposal is pointless if the quality of the power delivery isn't clean and consistent, and the Z97X SOC certainly has all of the high end CAPs and MOSFETs you could hope to find thanks to the PowIRstage and black 10K CAPs.

 

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview     Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview  

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview     Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview  

Other features are the customisable UEFI BIOS we first saw on the 8 series motherboards and a ton of additional software to allow you as much control from the desktop as you have in the BIOS. They've even brought back the start menu to Windows 8.1.

The BIOS itself is fine enough. We have to say we're not particularly keen on either of the versions. One seems to be function at the expense of form, and the other form at the expense of function. A middle version that looks nice but is easy to navigate and has all the tweaks at your fingertips would be nice. Of course updating the BIOS is easy, so it's not a major knock at all as long as the underlying motherboard is the business.

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview     Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview  

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview     Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview  

Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview     Gigabyte Z97X SOC Preview 

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26-06-2014, 19:24:44

Dicehunter
33 minutes ? Spot on, This calls for the big OC3D coffee mug *Yes I have a dedicated OC3D mug *

Looking forward to watching this Quote

26-06-2014, 19:25:04

WYP
Wow that thing is an overclocking Beast! It truely lives up to the Super Over Clock name.Quote

27-06-2014, 00:18:34

mclarenman01
Thanks Tim! I just read the review. Its great to see how this board performs. I cant wait to watch the video when I get home from work

I have the older x58a-oc and don't really need to upgrade but this really makes me want the z97 version to play with haha!Quote

27-06-2014, 04:09:10

WYP
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Originally Posted by mclarenman01 View Post
Thanks Tim! I just read the review. Its great to see how this board performs. I cant wait to watch the video when I get home from work

I have the older x58a-oc and don't really need to upgrade but this really makes me want the z97 version to play with haha!
Who's Tim?Quote

27-06-2014, 04:20:05

MadShadow
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Originally Posted by Watsyerproblem View Post
Who's Tim?
All I know is that Tom really likes being called that Quote
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