Tom's Hardware's AMA With Gigabyte, In Its Entirety

Model Name Clarification And More Form Factor Discussion

Q. Are you planning to release a Mini ITX version of Sniper 5 soon?

A. We recently moved our G1.Killer brand to Micro-ATX with last year's G1. Sniper M3. This was hugely popular. This year we've launched the G1. Sniper M5 which again is proving to be a big hit.  The idea that a real PC gaming board needs to be full size ATX, is now clearly gone and I think, as a company we've now come to appreciate and understand that.  A G1.Killer Mini-ITX board would of course seem the next logical step, and without saying too much, I can tell you that it is something being discussed internally.

Q. The Sniper line uses a Creative Soundcore 3D chip, while all other z87 boards use the Realtek ALC898 codec and competitors are using the newer ALC 1150 codec. Will we see some new Gigabyte motherboards with the new codec, or do you feel that the sound upgrade over ALC 898 is not substantial enough to warrant its inclusion?

A. The ALC 1150 is indeed the newer codec and is advertised as having a marginally higher SNR, however this in fact applies to only 2 of the eight channels. Our internal testing shows the two solutions offer a very similar audio experience. It is understandable however that people will tend to think 'new' is better... or indeed, an upgrade...

Q. Asus just revealed a micro-atx FM2+ board and have previously indicated minimal interest in mini-ITX. AMD has plans for low TPD FM2 chips for the HTPC market. What are Gigabytes current plans for the mini-ITX segment of AMDs processor lineup (AM3+, FM2, and FM2+)? Also, I am interested in the "AMP up" feature of the Z87 Sniper series. Any plans on incorporating this in future AMD boards?

A. We recently started offering an FM2 Mini-ITX board. (  There are also plans to expand the AMP-Up feature to more platforms... can't say much more than that right now however.

Q. The age of the gigabyte is coming to the end, or will sometime in the future. Do you plan on changing your company name to TERABYTE anytime soon?


Q. Gigabyte, When are we going to see your other products, such as laptops and Chassis in canada? Also, are we going to be in for an ITX flavour of the FM2 Socket?

A. I'll pass along the message to our notebook and chassis teams that we have customers who are interested in Canada! As Henry mentioned earlier, we have a mini-ITX FM2 board that we just launched the F2A85XN-WiFi. ( )

Q. It seems motherboards with a 5 in its SKU is target at mainstream users, while motherboards with a 7 in it SKU is target at overclockers. One major difference between these two boards is the amount of physical features users can see immediately just by looking at the board.  An example would be GA-X79-UD5 vs GA-X79-UD7. The UD5 have 8 ram slot and UD7 has 4. UD5 has 1x firewire, 1x eSATA, and 1x eSATA/USB combo. UD7 has none of it.  Shouldn't a motherboard with a higher SKU number have more stuffs, than a board with a lower number in its SKU?

A. The X79-UD7 is designed for extreme overclocking and thusly extreme performance. To this end it has additional power phases for the CPU, additional PCIe Gen 3 switches and slots to allow for 4 way SLI and Crossfire configs. There are also additional buttons and switches, voltage read points, debug LED and other specific OC features - it even uses a larger PCB... The UD5 address a rather different workstation segment where additional connectivity and memory support is the priority. The UD7 is without doubt the flagship in terms of overall performance potential,  hence the model name.

  • Leamon
    My question is when will there be a Haswell motherboard that supports 64Gb RAM so I can achieve my dream of a 56Gb RAMDisk!
  • CommentariesAnd More
    I had a question to ask , and missed again :( Anyways , here's my question -

    Since Gigabyte sells both Motherboards and GPU's , Is there going to any integration like the Motherboard increasing/decreasing GPU clock , Voltage , Fan speed on its own , according to the situation and type of use ? If yes , does Gigabyte plan to release a specific motherboard and/or GPU series which support this , or will some existing motherboards have this as well ? Also does Gigabyte plan on launching OC capable OC series motherboards with the B85/H87 chipset ?
  • slomo4sho
    I look forward to their AMD mITX boards.
  • PreferLinux
    Q. What does Gigabyte make beside motherboard and graphic cards? Does Gigabyte plan on making other product such as PSU, CPU Cooler, Fan, etc.?
    They do, but according to all the reviews I've seen (at Hardware Secrets, maybe others) they're utter rubbish.
  • m32
    No one wants to give us ONE decent microATX AM3+ board. You will be the only one, Gigabyte. I would be willing to pay above average money for an average microATX board. :(

  • srap
    That Terabyte question made me burst out in laugh :D
  • JonnyDough
    To be honest, I don't care about the board being socketed. If the processor is fast, the board is top quality, and the system on a chip is cheap then it's a total win in my book - as long as you include a PCI-E slot. Intel still can't make a GPU worth my time.
  • xomm
    11236019 said:
    To be honest, I don't care about the board being socketed. If the processor is fast, the board is top quality, and the system on a chip is cheap then it's a total win in my book - as long as you include a PCI-E slot. Intel still can't make a GPU worth my time.

    That's kinda contradictory - BGA Haswells are the only ones that have Iris Pro iGPUs, and that's one of their selling points.
    That's the point of having a soldered package - it's directed at people who could care less about upgrading and have no need for a dedicated GPU.
  • sanilmahambre
    Why is it that Gigabyte Mobos are costlier then AS rock and Asus but the Graphic cards are cheaper then others?
  • sarinaide
    MITX form factor is where the I7 4770R could have excelled but it appears that the i7 4770R is already a catastrophic failure along with IRIS, it was intended to be standalone integrated graphics to isolate AMD and Nvidia mobile GPU's and to challenge AMD's APU platform yet we have seen all OEMs shipping IRIS off with discrete solutions and the desktop i7 4770R already appears to be overpriced and pointless, proves the point that all the money in the world means nothing when its the end user's needs that are not being tailored for, it was always about making money and nobody, or at least sane people will not drop a $500 bomb on a 4770R.