Taipei, Taiwan, June 7, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has launched its latest G1-Killer motherboards supporting the latest Intel® 4th generation Core™ processors. Packed with absolutely everything you’ll need to build an uncompromising, high-performance gaming PC, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 and GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M5 debut a range of exciting features including GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio, several advanced audio technologies for serious gamers and audiophiles, including the world’s first onboard OP-Amp socket.
“These new GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards really demonstrate how GIGABYTE is expanding the DIY ethos to even the silicon level of your motherboard,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “Not only is this the first time that users can enjoy the superior audio quality provided by an Op Amp, but they can also experiment with different Op Amps to explore personal audio preferences.”
GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio
GIGABYTE Amp-Up Audio is a range of industry-leading features and technologies that set the GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboard series apart from the crowd. 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.
Exclusive Upgradable OP AMP
GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards are the world’s first to feature an onboard OP-Amp socket, allowing enthusiasts to swap out the motherboard’s onboard operational amplifier (Op Amp) using a range of nuanced OP Amps available on the market.
GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards include an amplifier upgrade kit that includes a pair of specialized Operational Amplifiers and an IC Extractor for easy installation. Additional amplifiers can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.
Creative Sound Core3D™
GIGABYTE 8 Series G1-Killer motherboards feature a dedicated Sound Core3D™ audio processor from Creative, a multi-core sound and voice processor offering high-performance hardware audio processing, with leading-edge audio technologies including the latest SoundBlaster software suite.
SoundBlaster with SBX ProStudio™
The Creative Sound Core3D™ takes advantage of the SoundBlaster software suite – a powerful audio platform equipped with cutting-edge audio technology including SBX Pro Studio™, Scout Mode™, EAX® ADVANCED HD 5.0, Creative ALchemy, VoiceFX and SBX Surround audio processing features.
Nichicon Pro Audio Caps
GIGABYTE 8 Series G1-Killer 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.
Gaming Headphone Amplifier
GIGABYTE 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, GIGABYE 8 series motherboards are ideal for professional audio usage and gaming enthusiasts.
Gold Audio Plated Hardware
GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards pack top quality gold plated audio, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors for improved connectivity and long lasting durability. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Creative Sound Core3D™ processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.
Audio Noise Guard
To help protect and insulate the high fidelity Creative Sound Core3D™ audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electrostatic interference (ESD), GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential ESD pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.
Extreme Multi-GPU Configurations
Featuring the latest PCIe Gen 3.0 support, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 motherboard is built to handle up to 4 discrete graphics cards, delivering the absolute maximum frame rates at the very highest screen resolutions. 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 than ever before.
GIGABYTE Dual LAN
The G1.Sniper 5 features dual networking with two industry-leading Ethernet LAN solutions from Qualcomm and Intel® available on the back panel. Dual LAN means that serious gamers have more options and control during gaming competitions. The Qualcomm Atheros Killer™ E2200 features 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 blisteringly fast, aggregated network bandwidth.
Dual Silent Fan/Water Thermal Design
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. These technologies help combat high temperatures by effectively removing heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU VRM zone, allowing it to remain cool, even when the battle heats up.
GIGABYTE Advanced Fan Control
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 motherboard provides 9 strategically placed 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.
Exclusive GIGABYTE 8 Series Technologies
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus debuts on GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards, building on previous generations of Ultra Durable design philosophy with a range of features and component choices that provide record-breaking performance, cool and efficient operation and extended motherboard lifespan.
All IR® Digital CPU Power Design
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus motherboards use industry-leading PWM controllers and PowIRstage™ ICs and from International Recifier®. These components are 100% digital, offering incredible precision in delivering power to your 4th Generation Intel® processor. Designed from the ground up to complement each other, these industry-leading PWM controllers and PowIRstage™ ICs from IR® are optimized for cool and efficient operation, allowing users to get the absolute maximum performance from their next PC build.
Durable Black Solid Capacitors
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. This provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability. With ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, these exclusive capacitors also come in customized jet black, exclusively on GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards.
High ESD Protection for USB and LAN
GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards raise the bar in terms of protecting your system, providing advanced electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for both your Ethernet LAN and USB ports, both common sources of ESD-related failures. Each LAN and USB port is paired with a dedicated protection filter that can withstand high electrostatic discharges, protecting your system from common electrical surges and even direct lighting strikes.
15µ Gold Plated CPU Socket
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards come equipped with a 15µ gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.
New GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Dashboard Mode
Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with the new GIGABYTE BIOS app, a fully customizable tuning utility that allows you to adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time. With smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation, the new and exclusive Dashboard Mode gives users complete access to all data related to your motherboard, including CPU, graphics and memory clocks, temperatures and voltages.
The new GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ is also presented in GIGABYTE’s signature green gaming color
Scheme, so the heat of battle never feels too far away, even when adjusting your BIOS settings. Users can also use their own background image for a uniquely customized BIOS interface.
New GIGABYTE App Center
GIGABYTE App Center gives you easy access to a wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE App Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system. The GIGABYTE App Center is also customizable with three attractive color schemes.
The GIGABYTE App Center Includes:
• EZ Setup
• Live Updates
• USB Blocker
• On/Off Charge 2
• Smart Recovery
• Smart TimeLock
New GIGABYTE EasyTune
A revised and updated GIGABYTE EasyTune offers a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings, adjust system and memory clocks and voltages in a Windows environment with comprehensive system-related information displayed without the need to install additional software.
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology is revised and upgraded on GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards, with comprehensive and enhanced charging support for a broad range of devices that include those that run both iOS and Android. Users can enjoy fast AC charging over USB on mobile devices, even when the PC is turned off.
GIGABYTE 8 Series G1-Killer Models*
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 5 (ETX) GIGABYTE G1.Sniper M5 (Micro-ATX)