Z97X G1 Gaming GT LGA 1150 Motherboard Review

GIGABYTE’s G1 Gaming GT looks to be a stripped version of the Z97X Gaming G1 WiFi-BK. Like other offerings in the G1 family the G1 Gaming GT is a premium part representing the pinnacle of what GIGABYTE design and innovation can and should offer. We have high expectations for the G1 Gaming GT.


Motherboard Overclocking Software

As is much expected in the industry these days, GIGABYTE has included a software package for overclocking within the Windows environment. The GIGABYTE EasyTune software is accessed through the APP Center menu and though the software does more than just tuning through Windows that’s what we’ll primarily focus on.

I have always liked this software. At least that is up until now. While I still like the simplistic and intuitive interface I had quite a bit of trouble with the reliability of this application. Too many times I’d see an error message on startup stating that the application had crashed or failed to load. I’d attempt to restart it two and three times with repeated error messages appearing most of the time. Once I’d get it running it would work fine for the most part. This was definitely something I hadn’t experienced before.

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As for the user experience, once inside the application deciphering the operation of it is straightforward and easy. The Smart Quick Boost menu gives you six options to choose from ranging from default and energy savings profiles to three performance oriented ones. The application is quite ambitious stating 4.60GHz for a light OC, 4.80GHz for a medium OC and 5.0GHz for an extreme OC. An auto-tuning option allows the system to dial in the specifics for your hardware though this isn’t going to accomplish what you can do manually.

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Any changes made in the application highlight in orange. One issue I did note was that any setting adjusted in the last reboot but not held on the current one will not highlight orange and not automatically apply when you set it again. You have to actually choose a different setting, hit apply and then go back to the setting you used last time. You can of course retain the settings upon reboot but that’s not always a wise course of action when you don’t know what settings are stable while tuning through the software for the first time. The advanced overclocking menu has three settings categories with pertinent settings for each clearly displayed.

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The advanced DDR OC menu resembles the advanced CPU OC menu in form and function. Three categories for your settings with any changes highlighting in orange. The two categories on the right control the memory timings. There are scroll bars on these so as you can imagine the amount of options you have is immense. The 3D Power menu follows the same three category setup. These are phase, voltage and frequency.