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Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

Gaming Series

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GIGABYTE G1-Killer 8 series details
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The Gigabyte Gaming series of motherboards differentiate themselves from the Extreme OC Series with feature more in-line for the needs of the enthusiast gamer: integrated Killer E2200 series GigE NIC and a Creative Sound Core3D chipset with removable amplifier (OP-AMP) chip. The Gaming series comes standard with a green and black color scheme with the G1.Sniper 5 and G1.Sniper M5 motherboard comprising the series. The G1.Sniper M5 motherboard is a micro-ATX form factor board.

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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5

The G1.Sniper 5 motherboard is a full featured gaming solution featuring 4 PCI-Express x16 slots and a dual air/water onboard heat pipe-based cooling solution with fan included.

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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5, closeup of CPU socket and dual-purpose board cooling solution

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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5, closeup of chipset cooler

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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5, closeup of rear panel

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The G1.Sniper M5 motherboard is the micro-ATX form factor version of the G1.Sniper 5 motherboard with some features left off to accommodate the smaller form factor.

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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M5, closeup of rear panel

Super Hearing Creative Sound Core3D chipset

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Creative Sound Core3D chipset
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Unique to their Gaming series line of boards, Gigabyte integrated a Creative Sound Core3D chipset which they dubbed Super Hearing.

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OP-AMP definition
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OP-AMP description
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This design comes with the ability to replace the OP-AMP chip included with the board to custom configure the sound capabilities of the audio chipset.

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OP-AMP installation
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OP-AMP kit

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OP-AMP types available
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Audio Noise Guard description
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Gigabyte went one step further and built a barrier between the board and analogue sound components in order to ensure the highest fidelity possible. They refer to this barrier as the Audio Noise Guard.

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Nichicon high-end audio capacitors
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To further ensure the audio quality delivered, Gigabyte designed the audio power system with specialized capacitors designed by Nichicon, typically used higher-end audio equipment.

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Nichicon high-end audio capacitors
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Not wanting to ignore the gamers using headphones, Gigabyte's audio solution includes specialized amplifiers within the chipset to ensure the utmost sound quality.

May 18, 2013 | 04:22 PM - Posted by pdjblum

To my eye, the pcper image overlay goes beyond its intended purpose and makes it very hard to see the boards in all their glory.

May 19, 2013 | 06:15 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

Hm, you think so?  We can make it more transparent next time around.


May 20, 2013 | 08:15 PM - Posted by mikedep333 (not verified)

I have an IPS display (Dell U2711) and I have no problem viewing the boards once I zoom in. The logos seem plenty transparent to me.

May 21, 2013 | 07:13 AM - Posted by Irishgamer01

A touch more transparent....
Not too work friendly.....
Yes if you zoom in and use full screen...its fine
if you having a crafty look in work and you just cannot
zoom in (for obvious reasons) its a little in the way......

Nice to see the photo's
Clearly you want to protect your hard work.
Not a big issue, just though I would make a coment...

May 19, 2013 | 04:50 AM - Posted by D1RTYD1Z619

Weaksause, Where's the msata love at?

May 20, 2013 | 10:20 AM - Posted by abo aoof (not verified)

And I love the new design.

May 20, 2013 | 10:21 AM - Posted by abo aoof (not verified)

The logo should be in the corner

May 21, 2013 | 03:14 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Nope, no it shouldn't, it's too easy for other less reputable (They know who they are, yes I am looking at you, you less reputable site. lol) sites to crop out of the photo then and claim them as their own. Personally I think the watermark looks fine where it's at.

May 25, 2013 | 07:08 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

10K hour special caps? My 5 year old Abit board has solid caps rated at 50K hours, I currently have 47K hours on it without a single issue.

Maybe they meant 100K hours, that's more logical.

If you run your computer 24/7 you can rack up just shy of 9K hours alone.

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