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: 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.
Summary: Gigabyte never fail to offer good looking boards that are very well made Over the moon with the system I built using this board No problems fitting this to the case and all components fitted well into all board sockets Well worth the money Keep up the good work gigabyte
Summary: This went with i7 4770K and 16gb of Corsair 1600mhz and R9 280x graphics card. Bios is a joy to use and lots of space on the board to work with. SATA cable ports are well placed to avoid problems with longer and fatter graphics cards. A very good motherboard.