Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5 Review Z87 1150 Haswell
Only a couple of generations ago and onboard sound was still pretty shabby and a soundcard was one of the default things you had to purchase along with a graphics card. Recent innovations have seen onboard audio becoming a much more viable option, although a card such as the ASUS Xonar or Creative Soundblaster still had enough to offer to be worthy of purchase.
Gigabyte have taken the unique step of allowing the user to decide the style of audio reproduction they prefer by utilising a socket for the amplifier chip, rather than soldering it to the PCB. The M5 itself comes with two chips, and a further three are purchasable as an add-on. Motherboard microtransactions.