Gigabyte has released their latest motherboard, which is the Z97X-Game Plus. It has been designed to compete with products like the ASUS Z97-Pro Gamer that are loaded with gamer-centric features at around the $150 price point. The board will be particularly appealing to gamers doing NVIDIA builds as the color scheme of the board is black with neon green accents. The board is of course based on the Z97 Express chipset and is a LGA1150 motherboard.
The board make use of a 8-phase VRM for the CPU and draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors. The CPU socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots and three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16/NC/NC or x8/x8/NC or x8/x4/x4). Other expansion on the board includes three PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots and a legacy PCI slot. For storage you have four SATA 6GB/s ports, a SATA Express port, and a single M.2 slot (PCIe 2.0 x2 physical layer). If you are not using SATA Express that opens up two more SATA 6GB/s ports giving you six total.
Other features include Gigabyte’s AMP-UP audio solution with an EMI-shielded 115 dBA SNR codec, ground-layer isolation, audio-grade electrolytic caps, and an OPAMP with tuning for music and gaming, Broadcom Killer E2200 gigabit Ethernet, six USB 3.0 ports, and a dual-UEFI BIOS. No word yet on availability, but expect a $140-150 price for this board.