Gigabyte has launched its 8 series G1.Sniper motherboards for Intel’s 4th Generation Core processors with the G1.Sniper 5 and G1.Sniper M5 that aims to provide “everything you’ll need to build an uncompromising, high-performance gaming PC” and include a number of advanced audio features including the world’s first onboard OP-Amp socket.
These audio features are encompassed under Gigabyte’s Amp-Up Audio and include a discrete Creative Sound Core3D audio processor, Creative SoundBlaster software suite, an audio noise guard, front panel headphone amplifier and an onboard OP-Amp. The latter is upgradable and Gigabyte bundles in an amplifier upgrade kit that includes a pair of specialized Operational Amplifiers and an IC Extractor for easy installation.
|Name||G1.Sniper 5||G1.Sniper M5|
|Chipset||Intel Z87 Express||Intel Z87 Express|
|Memory||4 x DDR3-1600 DIMMsMaximum of 32 GB||4 x DDR3-1600 DIMMsMaximum of 32 GB|
|Video Outputs||2 x HDMI1 x DisplayPort||1 x DVI-I2 x HDMI1 x DisplayPort|
|Audio Outputs||2/4/5.1/7.1 channelS/PDIF InS/PDIF Out||2/4/5.1/7.1 channelS/PDIF InS/PDIF Out|
|Networking||1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 (10/100/1000 Mbit)1 x Intel GbE LAN phy (10/100/1000 Mbit)||1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 (10/100/1000 Mbit)|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nBluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR||None|
|Expansion Slots||2 x PCIe x16 (running at x16)2 x PCIe x16 (running at x8)3 x PCIe x1||1 x PCIe x16 (running at x16)1 x PCIe x16 (running at x8)1 x PCIe x16 (running at x4)1 x PCIe x1|
|SATA Connectors||10 x SATA 6Gb/s||10 x SATA 6Gb/s|
|USB Ports||6 x USB 3.02 x USB 2.0 / 1.1||6 x USB 3.02 x USB 2.0 / 1.1|
As with other Gigabyte 8 Series motherboards, both the G1.Sniper 5 and M5 include Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 5 Plus design philosophy that aims to extend the motherboard’s lifespan by providing features such as PWM controllers, ESD protection for USB and LAN ports, durable black solid capacitors and a gold plated CPU socket, power connectors, PCIe slots and DDR3 DIMMs.
Also included is Gigabyte’s new UEFI DualBIOS, a fully customizable user interface that provides complete access to all motherboard data and real time adjustment of performance settings. This is complemented by a revised version of EasyTune which allows users to fine-tune system settings and voltages in a Windows environment and removes the need to install additional software.
Both motherboards also feature a hollow body heatsink fitted with a silent integrated fan and employs an “extreme heatsink design” with tube connectors at each end for easy integration with water cooling systems.