Gta 4 Overclockers Edition 18

Gta 4 Overclockers Edition 18


Gta 4 Overclockers Edition 18

GIGABYTE provides a number of antennas to boost WiFi performance, and they did so again here. The board is also notable for its gamer-oriented connectors, the most important of which is its Aura RGB. Its dual M.2 slots are a requisite for those who demand 1TB SSDs, and its two USB 3.0 ports are a much-needed addition. Also, the CPU fan is swapped from the bottom right corner to the center, which, in my mind, is a good thing.

Moving on to the specifications, this surprisingly inexpensive motherboard uses a Z97-A chipset which shares some of the same connectivity options and features with the Z97-D model, but with platinum color schemes and gold or black highlights to make things feel a little more professional. It also has Radeon-specific features including its in-built 1.8V monitor VGA port.

However, the board does get some major upgrades over the Z97-D, most notably its WiFi performance. It incorporates a Realtek high-end 802.11ac wireless (a/ac) controller, which also allows for some additional 10-gigabit-per-second SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports. It provides 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports, and its hardcore audiophiles rejoice with its 3.5mm RGB header. Last, but not least, it has six USB 2.0 ports, including two dedicated headers.

Z97 boards are all very similar, but the GA-Z97X Gaming G1 has a slightly smaller board than the Z97-D. Z97 boards offer some of the best-performing PCIe on the market, which prompted GIGABYTE to put out a sub-$100 version. While this may be an interesting release due to its affordable price, it does come with tradeoffs if that’s what you’re looking for. The Z97-G1 features only 4x PCIe 3.0 lanes, while some Z97 motherboards offer 8x PCIe 3.0 lanes, which you’ll miss out on.


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