Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X FM2 Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

Introduction

Recent years has seen AMD somewhat lose their way, with CPUs that weren't quite as quick as the ones of old, or too hot, or just not priced competitively when compared to it's Intel rivals. 

One of the clearest indicators of this trend has been the dearth of high end motherboards for the platform. After all, if a manufacturer of motherboards feels that the market isn't there, it's obviously a deeper problem than merely preferring one brand to another.

However, the AMD APUs are fantastic chips, capable of performance far higher than equivalent models from Intel when it comes to graphics performance. Such is their power that both of the next generation of consoles use AMD APUs at their heart, and this has been backed up by Gigabyte releasing their high-end G1.Sniper on the AMD platform, specifically the A88X chipset. 

As we have an AMD A10-6700 and A10-6800K on hand, it seems the perfect opportunity to see what the Gigabyte board has to offer.

Technical Specifications

It's amazing how close the latest AMD chipsets are getting to the Intel boards. We have 2400MHz memory support, the excellent Realtek ALC898 audio, PCI Express 3.0, loads of 6Gb/s SATA ports and a fair selection of USB ports. The G1.Sniper certainly has the performance on paper. Let's see how it looks.

APUFM2+ Socket:
  1. AMD A series processors
  2. AMD Athlon™ series processors
(Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.)
Chipset
  1. AMD A88X
Memory
    1. 4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64 GB of system memory
  1. Dual channel memory architecture
  2. Support for DDR3 2400(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333 MHz memory modules
  3. Support for AMD Memory Profile (AMP)/Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
(Please refer "Memory Support List" for more information.)
Onboard GraphicsAPU with integrated AMD Radeon™ HD 8000/7000 series graphics:
* To use the onboard graphics port, you must install an AMD APU with integrated graphics.
    1. 1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200
    2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560x1600
    1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160
  1. Maximum shared memory of 2 GB
Audio
  1. Realtek® ALC898 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF Out
LAN
  1. Realtek® GbE LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit)
Expansion Slots
    1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
      (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)
* To support PCI Express 3.0, you must install an FM2+ APU.
  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)
  2. 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
    (The PCIEX4 and PCI Express x1 slots conform to PCI Express 2.0 standard.)
  3. 2 x PCI slots
Multi-Graphics Technology
    1. Support for AMD CrossFire™ technology
    2. Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology
* Only A series APUs support AMD Dual Graphics.
Storage InterfaceChipset:
  1. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  2. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
USBChipset:
  1. 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)
  2. 9 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (5 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
Internal I/O Connectors
  1. 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  2. 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  3. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  4. 1 x APU fan header
  5. 3 x system fan headers
  6. 1 x front panel header
  7. 1 x front panel audio header
  8. 1 x S/PDIF Out header
  9. 1 x USB 3.0/2.0 header
  10. 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  11. 1 x serial port header
  12. 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  13. 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  14. 2 x gain control switches
Back Panel Connectors
  1. 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  2. 1 x D-Sub port
  3. 1 x DVI-D port
  4. 1 x HDMI port
  5. 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  6. 5 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  7. 1 x RJ-45 port
  8. 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  9. 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In, Line Out, Mic In)
I/O Controller
  1. iTE® I/O Controller Chip
H/W Monitoring
    1. System voltage detection
    2. APU/System temperature detection
    3. APU/System fan speed detection
    4. APU overheating warning
    5. APU/System fan fail warning
    6. APU/System fan speed control
BIOS
  1. 2 x 64 Mbit flash
  2. Use of licensed AMI EFI BIOS
  3. Support for DualBIOS™
  4. PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.0, SM BIOS 2.6, ACPI 2.0a
Unique Features
    1. Support for @BIOS
    2. Support for Q-Flash
    3. Support for Xpress Install
    4. Support for EasyTune
  1. Support for Smart Recovery 2
  2. Support for ON/OFF Charge
Bundle Software
  1. Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  2. cFosSpeed
Operating System
    1. Support for Windows 8.1/8/7 32-bit/64-bit
    1. Support for Windows XP 32-bit
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm
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Most Recent Comments

27-11-2013, 04:16:55

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...114414642l.jpg

Gigabyte have applied their excellent Sniper technology to the FM2 A88X chipset. How does it perform?


Continue Reading

27-11-2013, 04:33:00

Tripp
great review guv

27-11-2013, 05:16:26

barnsley
Finally a decent OC motherboard for FM2 sockets!. Kinda tempted to get this and a 750k and see how far I can OC it.

27-11-2013, 05:17:14

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Finally a decent OC motherboard for FM2 sockets!. Kinda tempted to get this and a 750k and see how far I can OC it.

Have to admit I asked their PR company for one

27-11-2013, 05:31:45

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Have to admit I asked their PR company for one
I imagine without the gpu bit you'd be able to get much higher clocks etc. than with an OC'd A10. Here's a challenge, make a budget super OC rig. Also, try and make it look fantastic

27-11-2013, 05:32:44

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I imagine without the gpu bit you'd be able to get much higher clocks etc. than with an OC'd A10. Here's a challenge, make a budget super OC rig. Also, try and make it look fantastic
All about time matey - I have lots of other products that need doing lol

27-11-2013, 05:35:04

Tripp
one question will this work with kaveri and hsa? i ask because i am going to build my brother, an console killer (drag him across to the darkside) when kaveri drops

27-11-2013, 05:36:04

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tripp View Post
one question will this work with kaveri and hsa? i ask because i am going to build my brother, an console killer (drag him across to the darkside) when kaveri drops
We dont know yet dude

27-11-2013, 05:45:58

Tripp
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
We dont know yet dude
ah ok guv

27-11-2013, 07:20:48

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
All about time matey - I have lots of other products that need doing lol
Add it to the 'to-do' list guv! Please, I need to not buy another computer ;-;.

01-12-2013, 13:30:30

hoxlund
all the fm2+ mobos support kaveri

I have this current setup - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hoxlund/saved/1laq

Bios is f8a and I've tried f7

the motherboard won't run all 32gb of memory, the bios recognizes 4 sticks of 8gb but only allows 16gb. what the hell man?

I spent lots of money on this ram and its only utilizing half

any ideas?

27-01-2014, 03:04:27

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoxlund View Post
I have this current setup - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hoxlund/saved/1laq

Bios is f8a and I've tried f7

the motherboard won't run all 32gb of memory, the bios recognizes 4 sticks of 8gb but only allows 16gb. what the hell man?

I spent lots of money on this ram and its only utilizing half

any ideas?
What vershon of windows are you running? some vershons limit the amount of ram you can use.

(64bit vershons)
Windows 7 Home Premiuem (16gbs max)
Windows 7 Home Basic ( 8gbs max )
Windows 7 Professional and up ( 192gbs max )

27-01-2014, 03:14:48

hoxlund
yeah im familar with windows limitations with ram, windows 7 x64 ultimate

but the thing is the bios shows all four 8gb sticks installed but will for the enabled size it only has 2 sticks

took a screenshot of the M.I.T. screen showing all the speeds and frequencies and dimm slot information

http://imgur.com/tFSKn4z.jpg

27-01-2014, 03:21:28

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoxlund View Post
yeah im familar with windows limitations with ram, windows 7 x64 ultimate

but the thing is the bios shows all four 8gb sticks installed but will for the enabled size it only has 2 sticks

took a screenshot of the M.I.T. screen showing all the speeds and frequencies and dimm slot information
Try droping the ram speeds down to 1600 reboot and see if it picks up 32gbs.

27-01-2014, 05:44:22

hoxlund
i can try it. right now I put 4x4GB sticks of corsair vengeance ddr 1600. all 16gb is enabled and usable in windows. I'll let you know how it goes with the ddr2400 memory

27-01-2014, 06:19:49

hoxlund
Didn't work. went to 1600 and 1333. Still only showed 16gb enabled and usable. All the timings match the memory exactly too.

I think this is a question for gigabyte
Reply
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