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Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

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We had an issue with the AMD board with the OCZ Vertex 3 Max IOPS SSD where we noticed the 4K random read and write performance is significantly slower on AMD than on the Intel board. The performance difference is not minor but rather 3 times slower on the AMD platform. While we have seen AMD platform to perform slower than the Intel, it is often not that big of a difference.

So, we swapped out the Vertex 3 Max IOPS with a Vertex 4 and noticed the performance difference between the AMD and Intel platform is much narrower than we had observed. Still, the latest AMD A88X chipset continues to be a tad slower than the Intel’s offering. The 4K random read on the A88X is about 20% slower but the 4K random write is actually faster by 6% on the AMD platform. Higher queue depth definitely favors the Intel system. The sequential read and write on the A88X is also a tad slower but only by 2% for read and 5% write. Random read is where users probably will notice the biggest performance when loading applications so you may notice apps launch a hair slower on AMD system. However, unless you have both system side-by-side to compare, we doubt any one would be able to notice the difference as any system with an SSD would probably load apps almost instantaneously. 

Power Consumption

At idle, the G1.Sniper A88X with the AMD A10-6800K CPU and the integrated GPU consumes 33 watts of power and under load with x264 second pass, we noticed the system consumes 120 watts of power. When we push the system with Prime95, we noticed the system reached 144 watts of power. If we add Furmark with Prime 95, we noticed the system consumes 156 watts of power.

Conclusion

Award_ApprovalIt is rather refreshing to see Gigabyte putting the G1.Sniper branding to the AMD midrange platform. The AMD FM2+ platform offers good performance for the budget gamers and we are glad to see a board for the Fm2+ designed specific for gamers in mind. The G1.Sniper A88X offers many good features like network traffic control and improved audio quality that gamers seek in a motherboard. These features made the G1.Sniper A88X stands out amongst all of the FM2+ motherboards on the market.

Granted, compare to other G1.Sniper boards from Gigabyte, the A88X version is definitely missing some features. But we have to consider the pricing point of the FM2+ platform so it would not make much sense for Gigabyte to produce a board that carries a premium with all of the high-end  features found on other board unless the company is going to put the board’s retail price at close to $200. At retail price of the $115, the G1.Sniper A88X is competitive in pricing against other FM2+ boards while packing with some neat features that enhances the gaming experience. The most noticeable feature that the board has is obviously the audio enhancement with inter-changeable OP-AMP, Gain Boost, and the USB DAC up. All things considered, the board is certainly worth considering if you are in the market for an inexpensive FM2+ gaming PC.

ProsCons
  • User replaceable OP-AMP
  • Gain Up and USB DAC up for better audio output
  • Clean and easy to use BIOS
  • Spacious around CPU socket area for large heatsink
  • Triple monitor support with HDMI, VGA, and DVI
  • Good layout with attractive LED trace for the audio
  • Price
  • Only has one of the two PCIE x16 slots supports full PCIE 3.0 x16
  • Gain UP switch is located inside and does not support on-the-fly switch
  • No DisplayPort
Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper has a long history of targeting toward gamers. The board is designed with features that gamers seek the most: better audio quality, better network performance, and better cooling for overclocking, Dating back to the first G1.Sniper, Gigabyte has released various models of the G1.Sniper series: 3, 5, and M5. What they all have in common is that they are all for Intel processors. The G1.Sniper A88X marks the first motherboard from Gigabyte that carries the G1.Sniper moniker for AMD APU. With Kaveri, AMD not only brings performance enhancement but also PCI Express 3.0 support…

Review Overview

Performance - 8
Value - 8.5
Quality - 9
Features - 8.5
Innovation - 9

8.6

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X is designed with gamers in mind with the enhanced audio and network performance. The add-on features is welcomed for AMD mainstream FM2+ (Kaveri) platform for any gamer who is looking to build a relatively budget gaming rig.

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