Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X Review

Gigabyte G1 Sniper A88X Review




With the launch of the latest Kaveri APUs from AMD, we’ve decided to retest the Gigabyte Sniper G1 A88X. We first reviewed the Sniper earlier in the year with the older 6800K as the processor. This was due to the fact the A88X chipset was released before the next generation processors were available. As the A88X chipset, and of course the whole FM2+ socket was built for the Kaveri APUs, we felt it was right to retest one of the highest end boards for this socket.

As many of you will know, AMD’s line of APUs has improved a lot since the first generation of Llano chips. 2012’s Trinity APU was capable of tackling some of the latest games at playable frame rates, and the 2013 Richland variant improved on this still. Our review of the Kaveri processors earlier this week revealed far better graphics performance than any of the previous models, along with superior processing power in certain areas.

Our original review of the Kaveri processors was conducted on a Gigabyte F2A88XM-DS2 motherboard which is more of a budget solution so we are hoping to see some gains in performance here, as well as a far more advanced array of features, as you’d expect from any high end board regardless of the socket type.



APU FM2+ Socket:
  1. AMD A series processors
  2. AMD Athlonâ„¢ series processors
  1. AMD A88X
    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
Onboard Graphics APU with integrated AMD Radeonâ„¢ HD 8000/7000 series graphics:
    1. 1 x D-Sub port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920×1200
    2. 1 x DVI-D port, supporting a maximum resolution of 2560×1600
    1. 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096×2160
  1. Maximum shared memory of 2 GB
  1. Realtek® ALC898 codec
  2. High Definition Audio
  3. 2/4/5.1/7.1-channel
  4. Support for S/PDIF Out
  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.)
  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 CrossFireâ„¢ technology
    2. Support for AMD Dual Graphics technology
Storage Interface Chipset:
  1. 8 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  2. Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD
USB Chipset:
  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)
Form Factor
  1. ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 22.5cm