Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI Rev 1.0 mini-ITX Motherboard Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Packaging and Specification
  3. Motherboard Layout Overview
  4. Components Overview
  5. CPU Cooler and GPU clearance
  6. BIOS Layout
  7. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  8. Futuremark Benchmarks
  9. Memory Benchmarks
  10. USB 3.0 Benchmark
  11. SATA III Performance Test
  12. LAN Performance Test
  13. Boot Load Test
  14. Conclusion
  15. Online Purchase Links

Gigabyte Z97N-WIFI’s BIOS GUI is no different from Gigabyte Z97X-SOC‘s BIOS. There are three interfaces- Gigabyte Startup Guide, Classic Mode and Smart Tweak Mode. The Startup Guide is the first screen you’ll interact with, greeted by a choice of languages that you’ would prefer to use. Rest of the options help you to set the system’s date & time, Fast Boot setting, boot option, SATA controller and resetting the BIOS option.

Most of the time, people would end up using Classic mode. Other than familiar interface and layout. They really need to stop using orange and dark colour scheme for Smart Tweak Mode, or else provide few more?

Anyways, most people would stick with Classic Mode unless they wish to see Voltage, Fan speed, Temperature along with CPU and system status readouts in real time while changing the settings. I hope they don’t decide to use black and gray for Smart Tweak because that’s just going to look depressing. Colour combos, people’s preference. But I am sure many will agree that Classic is easier to read compared to Smart Tweak. Smart Tweak is a good looking interface, but it’s something that will take some time to get used to. Other motherboard manufacturers have similar BIOS layout as the Classic Layout, so it’s not very easy for a lot of hardware enthusiasts to get used and accustomed to a layout that’s unique.

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