Gigabyte recently held an event at its Taipei headquarters to show off its AMP-UP integrated audio solution that will be featured on some of its upcoming motherboards. Since AMP-UP will be on upcoming motherboards Gigabyte showed their brand new G1.Sniper 5, and the G1.Sniper M5 socket LGA1150 motherboards, both of which are built for Intel’s Core “Haswell” processors. If you are familiar with Gigabyte’s G1.Killer series you know these boards are for gamers and enthusiasts.
The G1.Sniper 5 is a standard ATX motherboard and is powered by the Intel Z87 Express chipset. It will feature a 16-phase VRM which uses ferrite-core chokes and other components that make up Gigabyte’s Ultra Durable 5 technology. The MOSFET’s on the board are cooled by a fan / heatsink combination, but there is also a liquid channel running through it so you could integrate that into your liquid cooling loop. There are four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots. When it comes to storage you have 10 internal SATA 6GB/s ports. For connectivity you have ten USB 3.0 ports (6 on the rear panel, 4 by headers), dual-HDMI, DisplayPort, legacy PS/2, dual gigabit Ethernet, and the AMP-UP 7.1 channel audio.
The G1.Sniper M5 is a smaller micro-ATX motherboard with the dimension of 240mm x 240mm. It features an 8-phase VRM, two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot and a single PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot. You have six SATA 6GB/s ports, dual-link DVI, two HDMI, Displayport, six USB 3.0 ports, gigabit Ethernet and the AMP-UP audio solution.
Both of these boards will most likely be part of Gigabyte’s first wave of LGA1150 motherboards released in June.