For Intel Haswell CPUs' happiness :), GIGABYTE launched G1.Sniper 5 and GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M5 bringing interesting features including GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio, several advanced audio technologies for serious gamers and audiophiles, and the world's first onboard OP-Amp socket.
GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio includes a discrete high-end audio processor from Creative plus a comprehensive audio software suit, an onboard OP AMP, audio noise guard, front panel headphone amplifier and gold plated hardware.
GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards feature an onboard OP-Amp socket, allowing to swap out the motherboard's onboard operational amplifier (Op Amp) using a range of nuanced OP Amps available on the market. An amplifier upgrade kit that includes a pair of specialized Operational Amplifiers and an IC Extractor for easy installation is included. Additional amplifiers can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.
G1-Killer features a dedicated Sound Core3D audio processor from Creative, a multi-core sound and voice processor offering high-performance hardware audio processing, including the latest SoundBlaster software suite - a powerful audio platform equipped with audio technologies including SBX Pro Studio™, Scout Mode™, EAX® ADVANCED HD 5.0, Creative ALchemy, VoiceFX and SBX Surround audio processing features.
GIGABYTE's new motherboards use the highest quality Nichicon MUSE ES series and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors at each channel layout. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.
8 Series motherboards feature a high capacity headphone amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads, allowing gamers to enjoy a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones. Featuring a wide bandwidth, low noise, high slew rate and low distortion, G1-Killer motherboards are ideal for professional audio usage and gaming enthusiasts.
GIGABYTE uses top quality gold plated audio, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors for improved connectivity and durability. The Creative Sound Core3D™ processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference. To help protect and insulate the high fidelity Creative Sound Core3D™ audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electrostatic interference (ESD), an audio noise guard essentially separates the board's sensitive analog audio components from potential ESD pollution at the PCB level.
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 supports both 4-Way Crossfire X and 4-Way SLI, allowing gamers to see more clearly, aim better, and experience immersive 3D games more realistically. The board features dual networking with two Ethernet LAN solutions from Qualcomm and Intel, available on the back panel. The Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 brings Advanced Stream Detect technology which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic, while the Killer Network Manager allows custom prioritization for all network applications. Intel Gigabit LAN also supports network teaming for aggregated network bandwidth.
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 motherboard features an extreme heatsink design for the PWM area that allows users to employ both passive, active and water cooling setups. A stylish hollow body heatsink fitted with a silent integrated fan ensures superb heat dissipation during extreme performance and overclocked PC gaming configurations. Tube connectors at each end of the heatsink provide easy integration with any water cooled system.
G1.Sniper 5 provides 9 onboard system fan connectors, including a CPU OPT fan that can be connected to a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The new GIGABYTE EasyTune app also offers comprehensive system fan controls with individual airflow settings provided by a dedicated digital controller.