Reviewed: Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5 Mini ITX

Z97N-Gaming 5 Motherboard

As usual we applied the standard ‘gaming’ checklist to Gigabyte’s Z97N-Gaming 5 and it ticked all the boxes

tickboxGaming LAN (Killer)
tickboxGaming Grade Audio (Realtek ALC1150 implementation with amplifier and software bundle)
tickboxOverclocker Friendly 
tickboxEnthusiast Software bundle 

Gigabyte has also implemented a new heat sink design and used Black Solid Caps and a MOFSET design for high efficiency. The inclusion of WIFI and Bluetooth on board without the need to attach any modules to the board was a bonus as well. 

The Z97N-Gaming 5 overclocked our i5-4670K on par with every other Z87 or Z97 motherboard we have tested, hitting our known limit of 4.6GHz with at 1.29v. Although this board is not necessarily designed to guarantee a serious overclock, we consider the capability an important factor for gaming boards as gamers like to squeeze every last bit of performance out the their chips – especially in the months prior to a platform upgrade. 


Here are the manufacturer specs below.


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Gigabyte Z97N-Gaming 5

CPU Support

  • Support for Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors/ Intel® Core™ i3 processors/Intel® Pentium® processors/Intel® Celeron® processors in the LGA1150 package
  • L3 cache varies with CPU


  • Intel® Z97 Express Chipset


  • 2 x DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 16 GB of system memory
  • Support for DDR3 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
  • Support for non-ECC memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Memory Channel

  • Dual channel memory architecture


  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 
    (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
  • 1 x mini-PCI Express slot for the wireless communication module

On-Board SATA


  • 5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0/1/2/3/4)
  • 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector on the back panel
    * Actual transfer rate is dependent on the device being connected.
  • Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10

On-Board Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor – Intel® HD Graphics support:

  1. 1 x DVI-I port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200@60Hz
  2. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24Hz or 2560×1600@60Hz
    * Support for HDMI 1.4a version.
  3. 1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160@24Hz or 3840×2160@60Hz
    * Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version.
  4. Support for up to 3 displays at the same time
  5. Maximum shared memory of 512MB



  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  • 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  • Realtek® ALC1150 codec
  • Support for Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  • Support for S/PDIF Out


  • Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Wireless Communication Module
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR
  • Support for 11ac wireless standard and up to 867 Mbps data rate

* Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.

Internal I/O Connections
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 5 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x system fan header
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  • 1 x USB 2.0/1.1 header
  • 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x chassis intrusion header
Back Panel I/O Ports
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1 x DVI-I port
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x eSATA 6Gb/s connector
  • 4 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 1 x RJ-45 port6 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller
  • iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
  • System voltage detection
  • CPU/System temperature detection
  • CPU/System fan speed detection
  • CPU/System fan speed control
    * Whether the fan speed control function is supported will depend on the cooler you install.
  • 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • Support for DualBIOS™
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0
Dimensions 17 cm x 17 cm Mini-ITX Form Factor
Unique Features Support for APP Center

  • @BIOS
  • EasyTune
  • EZ Setup
  • Fast Boot
  • Cloud Station
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Smart TimeLock
  • Smart Recovery 2
  • System Information Viewer
  • USB Blocker

Support for Q-Flash

Support for Smart Switch

Support for Xpress Install

Software Bundle
  • Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  • Intel® Rapid Start Technology
  • Intel® Smart Connect Technology
  • Intel® Smart Response Technology
  • Intel® Wireless Display
Operating System
  • Support for Windows 8.1/8/7
  • 4 Mounting Holes
  • 3 Years

The box and packaging is standard quality and has the Gigabyte “G1 Gaming” theme with the red eye on the front of the box. The motherboard is packed inside an anti-static bag and all of the accessories are individually wrapped.

The accessories include:

  • 2 SATA 3 Cables
  • Rear IO Shield 
  • G1 Gaming case badge
  • WIFI Antenna (dual) with a magnetic base
  • User Manual


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