Summary: Z87 motherboards have been the peak of Gigabyte's production. Z97 boards see a quality decrease and heavy cost-saving design choices. Choose the Z87x series if you can (Z97 doesn't actually introduce any really needed feature) and don't let their Black Board marketing gimmicky trick you.
Summary: Do not buy this motherboard unless you are a gambler. This motherboard gave me nothing but trouble in the installation process and I come to find that when everything is plugged in and all the fans are running, it does not send display to the monitor.
Buyer beware - Horrible Customer Service from Gigabyte
7 August 2014
Summary: Motherboard died in less than 1 month. I RMA'd it back to Gigabyte. (Beware they don't cover the shipping, all expenses are on you.) They've had it for over 1 week already and it's still listed as "under repair". I can't believe they are trying to repair it instead of just sending out a new one.
Summary: I've been using this board for a couple months now, and haven't had any issues. It is a very sturdy board. Has a decent number of USB 3.0 and eSata ports on it. I use the onboard audio for my surround sound setup and haven't had any problems or issues with audio quality.