GIGABYTE G1-Killer series motherboards are packed with absolutely everything you'll need to build an uncompromising, high-performance gaming PC. Loaded with advanced audio technologies, maxed out multi-card gaming support, and advanced cooling and high quality heatsink design, GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards are the ultimate choice for serious PC gamers.
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper A88X motherboard uses top quality gold plated hardware for improved connectivity and long lasting durability for the USB DAC-UP port and audio connectors. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Realtek ALC898 audio processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.
As its name suggests, the Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X features the AMD A88X chipset and supports all of the latest ‘Richland’ APUs, as well as the previous generation models. This is a fully-featured ATX motherboard which has a number of high end capabilities such as LED-lighting and CrossFire support.
Sniper boards are usually chock-full of features. Keeping costs in check means using a single passive heatsink on the chipset and another smaller one on the VRM components. We quite like the lime-green colour scheme, however, which contrasts well with the black PCB and ports.
Memory slots are rated at up to 2,400MHz, configurable in the BIOS, and AMD now has AMP-ready RAM that will scale to that speed. There are none of the higher-end enthusiast features such as debug LED or onboard buttons but, adding a nice aesthetic touch, the gold-coloured line that traces from the IO section and across to the audio port lights up green when power is supplied.
Power plugs are sensibly located around the edges and four fan-headers - three of them the four-pin PWM variety - provide decent cooling potential. Taking advantage of what the A88X chipset offers, eight SATA6Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 and nine USB 2.0 ports are available, with half accessed through the I/O panel and the remainder via external headers on the board.
- Socket FM2+
- Chipset: AMD A88X
- Memory: 4x DDR3-2133/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 64GB
- Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Slot (runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slots, 2x PCI Slots
- SATA: 8x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD
GIGABYTE FM2+ Series Motherboards
GIGABYTE FM2+ series motherboards based on AMD A88X chipset and feature the new FM2+ APU socket, and are designed to get the most from forthcoming Kaveri AMD APUs, while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 APUs. FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 support integrating the high performance ‘Steamroller’ core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI port.
USB DAC-UP port
Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.
GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio: Redefining Motherboard Audio
GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio combines a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio than ever before.
The Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X is an affordable motherboard in the G1.Sniper series for AMD processors. It makes sense that the price was kept low, as most gamers that want to spend a lot on their gaming rig are much more likely to go with Intel hardware.
The boards performs very well in spite of budget-minded design choices and all the features you need are present. Soon we'll publish a round-up of multiple A88X motherboards, then it will be easier to put this one in perspective.
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