Tuesday, October 8th 2013

GIGABYTE Announces G1.Sniper B5 Gaming Motherboard

For gamers who don't plan on overclocking their CPUs, GIGABYTE announced a new gaming desktop motherboard, branded within its G1.Killer series no less. The G1.Sniper B5 combines the key ingredients of a G1.Killer motherboard, with the mid-range Intel B85 Express platform, supporting Core "Haswell" processors in the LGA1150 package. It's built in the standard ATX form-factor. Since the chipset doesn't support CPU overclocking, GIGABYTE went easy on the CPU VRM, with a 4+1 phase design, which is guaranteed to run any socket LGA1150 CPU at its stock speeds. The board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS connectors.

Expansion slots include two long PCI-Express slots, but only one of them is wired to the CPU, and supports PCI-Express 3.0 x16 speeds. The other slot is electrical gen 2.0 x4, and wired to the B85 PCH. Two each of PCI-Express 2.0 x1 and legacy PCI, make up the remaining expansion slots. Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s, and two SATA 3 Gb/s ports. The audio solution is based on a Realtek ALC898 CODEC (110 dBA SNR), ground-layer isolation, Nichicon audiophile-grade electrolytic capacitors on the AMP stage, and a removable OPAMP chip. There's no Bigfoot Killer NIC, but a decent Intel-made GbE LAN chip. The board features AMI UEFI BIOS with GIGABYTE's latest G1.Killer series setup program (minus the CPU overclocking options, of course), backed by dual-BIOS.
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6 Comments on GIGABYTE Announces G1.Sniper B5 Gaming Motherboard

#1
Dj-ElectriC
What the hell? this board has been around for about 2 months now, at least...
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#2
xhawn11
^yeah, but i think only on asian countries (i live somewhere on SEA). So maybe Gigabyte just start shipping it to the west.
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#3
arterius2
lol yea I've used this motherboard months ago in one of my builds
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#4
Th3pwn3r
This is a beast of a board that comes with some great features but it also carries a hefty price tag of $400+
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arterius2
by: Th3pwn3r
This is a beast of a board that comes with some great features but it also carries a hefty price tag of $400+
Dude WTF?? This board is barely over $100.
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