Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 Motherboard Review: Page 7 of 7

Posted by Heath Coop on Friday, December 19, 2014 - 8:00am

Gigabyte Z97MX Gaming 5

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Just slapping the word “Gaming” on a motherboard does not make it a gaming motherboard. It needs a great design and feature set to go that tailors to the gaming enthusiast. The Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 does not fail in this regard. The included software features a great design and is completely relevant to how the board might be used. The Killer E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, gold plated audio hardware, and multi-GPU support are must have hardware on any gaming motherboard.

There is no doubting the overclocking ability of the Z97MX-Gaming 5 either. A stable 4725 MHz clock on the i7 4790K proves that. Throughout the testing the Z97MX-Gaming 5 showed average to above average scores time for the most part. I tried to find fault with the board, but there just wasn’t any to be found. The layout is logically thought out. Not a single header, port, switch, or jack seems to be improperly placed.

The Gigabyte Z97MX-Gaming 5 is commonly found as low as $134.99 at Amazon and other popular online stores. This a fair price for a motherboard of the caliber.


  • Great Overclocking Features and Ability
  • Well Thought Out Software Package
  • Logical Layout
  • Very Reasonable Price


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