GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE Motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE Socket 1150 Z97 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE Socket 1150 Z97 DDR3 SATA3 USB 3.0 ATX

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  • Supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
  • Premium 4-way CrossFire™ support with OC Brace
  • Precise digital CPU power design
  • SATA Express support for 10 Gb/s data transfer
  • Exclusive GIGABYTE OC Features
  • Killer™ E2200 gaming networking
  • 2x copper PCB design
  • Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio with Built-in rear audio amplifier
  • New Heatsink design with 8 onboard fan connectors
  • Long lifespan Durable Black Solid caps
  • APP Center including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ utilities
  • GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™

Specifications Overview

Model GA-Z97X-SOC FORCE
Release Date May 2014

* First availability for purchase, it may not correspond to the actual market launch date.

Socket LGA1150
Form factor ATX
Chipset Intel Z97
Supported Memory DDR3
1333Mhz 1600Mhz 1800Mhz 1866Mhz 2000Mhz 2133Mhz 2200Mhz 2400Mhz 2500Mhz 2600Mhz 2666Mhz 2800Mhz 2933Mhz 3000Mhz 3100Mhz 3200Mhz 3300Mhz
* High clock speeds may require enabling the XMP profile in the motherboard BIOS
** RAM support may also depend on the CPU memory controller
ECC RAM Support
Audio Chipset Realtek ALC1150
Audio Channels 7.1 Channels
LAN Chipset Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201
Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000Mbps
SLI Support
CrossFire Support
RAID Support
Wireless LAN
PCI-Express x16 Slots 4
PCI-Express x4 Slots 0
PCI-Express x1 Slots 1
SATA 6 Gbps Ports 4
SATA Express Ports 1
M.2 Ports 0
RAM Slots 4
Maximum Supported RAM 32 GB
Onboard USB 2.0 1
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 1 1
Onboard USB 3.2 Gen 2 0

Pros

  • Plenty of overclocking features
  • Very good onboard audio
  • Killer NIC
  • SATA Express support

Cons

  • No M.2 connector

Description

CPU
  1. Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package
  2. L3 cache varies with CPU
(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
Chipset
  1. Intel® Z97 Express Chipset
Memory
  1. 4 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
    * Due to a Windows 32-bit operating system limitation, when more than 4 GB of physical memory is installed, the actual memory size displayed will be less than the size of the physical memory installed.
  2. Dual channel memory architecture
  3. Support for DDR3 3300(O.C.) / 3200(O.C.) / 3100(O.C.) / 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) / 2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) / 1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules
  4. Support for non-ECC memory modules
  5. Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Onboard Graphics Integrated Graphics Processor:
  1. 1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
  2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
    * The DVI-D port does not support D-Sub connection by adapter.
  3. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz or 2560x1600@60Hz
    * Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
  4. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@24Hz or 3840x2160@60Hz
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
  5. Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
  6. Maximum shared memory of 512MB
Audio
  1. Realtek® ALC1150 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.

  2. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
    * The PCIEX8 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX16 slot. When the PCIEX8 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode.

  3. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)
    * The PCIEX4_1 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX8 and PCIEX16 slots. When the PCIEX4_1 slot is populated, the PCIEX16 slot will operate at up to x8 mode and the PCIEX8 will operate at up to x4 mode.
    * When installing a x8 or above card in the PCIEX4_1 slot, make sure to set PCIE Slot Configuration (CPU) in BIOS Setup to x4. (Refer to Chapter 2, "BIOS Setup," "Peripherals," for more information.)
    * The PCIEX4_2 slot shares bandwidth with the PCIEX1 slots. The PCIEX1 slot will become unavailable when a PCIe x4 expansion card is installed.
    (The PCIEX16, PCIEX8 and PCIEX4_1 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

  4. 1 x PCI Express x1 slot
    (The PCIEX4_2 and PCIEX1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)

  5. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology
  1. Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire™/2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ technology
Storage Interface Chipset:
  1. 1 x SATA Express connector
  2. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  3. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
    (SATA Express and SATA3 4/5 connectors can only be used one at a time.)
USB Chipset:
  1. 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  2. 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports onboard, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connectorŠ
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  4. 1 x OC PEG power connector
  5. 1 x SATA Express connectorŠ
  6. 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  7. 1 x CPU fan header
  8. 1 x water cooling fan header (CPU_OPT)
  9. 6 x system fan headers
  10. 1 x front panel header
  11. 1 x front panel audio header
  12. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  13. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  14. 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header
  15. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  16. 1 x serial port header
  17. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  18. 1 x power button
  19. 1 x reset button
  20. 1 x Clear CMOS button
  21. 1 x Gear button
  22. 1 x OC Turbo buttonŠ
  23. 1 x OC Tag button
  24. 1 x OC Trigger switch
  25. 1 x CPU BCLK Down button
  26. 1 x CPU BCLK Up button
  27. 1 x CPU Ratio Down button
  28. 1 x CPU Ratio Up button
  29. 1 x Memory Safe button
  30. 1 x Settings Lock button
  31. 1 x Direct to BIOS button
  32. 1 x OC DIMM switch
  33. 1 x OC PCIe switch
  34. 1 x OC Ignition button
  35. 1 x Clear Battery button
  36. 2 x BIOS switches
  37. 1 x onboard voltage measurement module
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  2. 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  3. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  4. 1 x D-Sub port
  5. 1 x DVI-D port
  6. 1 x HDMI port
  7. 1 x DisplayPort
  8. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  9. 1 x RJ-45 port
  10. 6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  1. System voltage detection
  2. CPU/System/Chipset temperature detection
  3. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed detection
  4. CPU/System overheating warning
  5. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan fail warning
  6. CPU/CPU OPT/System fan speed control
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
BIOS
  1. 2 x 128 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Unique Features
  1. Support for APP Center
    * Available applications in APP Center may differ by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also differ depending on motherboard specifications.
    @BIOS
    EasyTune
    EZ Setup
    Fast Boot
    ON/OFF Charge
    Smart TimeLock
    Smart Recovery 2
    System Information Viewer
    USB Blocker
  2. Support for Q-Flash
  3. Support for Smart Switch
  4. Support for Xpress Install
Bundle Software
  1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  2. Intel® Rapid Start Technology
  3. Intel® Smart Connect Technology
  4. Intel® Smart Response Technology
Operating System
  1. Support for Windows 8.1/8/7
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Remark
  1. Due to different Linux support condition provided by chipset vendors, please download Linux driver from chipset vendors' website or 3rd party website.
  2. Most hardware/software vendors may no longer offer drivers to support Win9X/ME/2000/XP. If drivers are available from the vendors, we will update them on the GIGABYTE website.


Critic Reviews

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The Z97X-SOC Force is a well designed board, featuring almost anything an enthusiast or professional overclocker would desire in an overclocking motherboard. GIGABYTE improved upon their previous generation design, including additional DIMM slot and...

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The Z97X-SOC Force functionality is heavily shifted towards the overclocking segment, especially in the overclock buttons on the motherboard. I would hazard a guess and say that having this many buttons on the corner of an ATX product is...

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There are many things to like about the Gigabyte Z97X SOC Force.The first of the orange Gigabyte OC motherboards was the X58, which feels like a lifetime ago now. It was a stripped down, no messing, 100% pure bread overclocking machine. Later models,...

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