Premium GIGABYTE Features
Next Generation SATA Express Connector

GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards feature an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won’t bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.

 Up to 10 Gb/s
 Up to 6 Gb/s
Data Transfer



Audio Technology
Realtek ALC 1150 115dB SNR HD Audio
The ALC1150 is a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.

Build-in Rear Audio Amplifier
Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.
Audio Noise Guard
To help protect and insulate the high fidelity Realtek ALC1150 audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electromagnetic interference (EMI), GIGABYTE overclocking motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level.


Locating the right and left audio channels on separate PCB layers, GIGABYTE 9 Series Overclocking motherboards are able to eliminate channel crosstalk and maintain the best audio quality.

Left Audio Channel
PCB layer


Right Audio Channel
PCB layer

Killer Networking
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions.
Intel® Gigabit LAN
Additional GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards feature Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers, delivers several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.
Up to 50%
Faster Gaming Traffic
Up to 300%
Faster Video Traffic


All IR® Digital CPU Power Design
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards use an all digital CPU power design from International Rectifier® which include both digital PWM Controller and industry-leading PowIRstage™ controllers. These 100% digital controllers offer incredible precision in delivering power to the motherboard’s most power-hungry and energy-sensitive components, allowing enthusiasts to get the absolute maximum performance from their next generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Total Solution from International Rectifier (IR®)
 All IR® Digital PWM Controllers
The Worldwide No.1 Digital Desktop PWM Provider       


Single Package Design
IR has leveraged it’s world class packaging technology developed for the DirectFET®, improving the thermal capability and layout of the PowIRstage® significantly over that of other MCM packages.

Single Package Design
High Side MOSFET
Driver IC
Multi-Chip Design
Other MOSFET layout implementations use a multi-chip, side-by-side arrangement of the high and low side MOSFETs and driver IC, taking up significant board real estate and creating more electrical leakage.

High Side MOSFET
(Traditional MOSFET)
(Traditional MOSFET)
Driver IC
(MOSFET Driver)


Cool Power, Inside and Out
The GIGABYTE Z97X-SOC FORCE & Z97X-SOC are equipped with durable PowlRstage ICs, which feature the industry’s high rating with lower losses.
Power connections between the MOSFETs use very low loss copper, reducing losses and helping to spread the heat.
Specialized MOSFET driver IC by International Rectifier.
High side MOSFET (Control FET) has very low gate charge. Low side MOSFET (SyncFET) has an integrated Schottky Diode for even higher efficiency.
The current has very short paths from the bottom of the device, through either the control FET (duty cycle ON) or the Sync FET (Duty cycle OFF) and through the copper clip. This is another reason the device is so durable.
Custom Copper leadframe conducts heat away from the silicon.
PWM controller
MOSFET Drivers
Traditional High and Low side MOSFETs


Extensive 8 System Fan Support
8 strategically placed Smart Fan pin headers allow for more precise control of system and CPU fans.
Additional CPU fan pin header.
Useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.
6 System Fans   
8 Fan


Option 1: OPT Fan Support for Water Pump
Option 2: OPT Fan + CPU Fan Dual Fan CPU Cooler Support
Many of today's 3rd party water cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 9 Series overclocking motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.


10K Durable Black Solid Caps

Features and Actual component specifications may vary by model.
Specifications and pictures are subject to change without notice.
High-End 10K hours Solid Caps
Mainstream 5K hours Solid Caps
Standard 2K hours Solid Caps
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for a guaranteed minimum of 10K hours. Not only do they provide ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, they also come in customized jet black from Nippon Chemi-Con and Nichicon.


5x (15µ) Gold Plated CPU socket Design
GIGABYTE 9 series overclocking motherboards come equipped with a gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.
15µ Gold Plated
CPU socket
3μ Gold Plated
CPU Socket
μ= microinch 
Standard Design
New Design


GIGABYTE App Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.


GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Dashboard Mode
GIGABYTE's UEFI DualBIOS™ has a redesigned user interface that offers users the chance to take control of their BIOS environment like never before.
• Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with a fully customizable UI
• Adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time
• Smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation


* Features may vary by model.


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