TAKING THE SHOT
Gigabyte G1.Sniper H6
The G1.Sniper has always been in the top-tier of Gigabyte's motherboard lineup, but this year, the company came up with three different motherboard series: Overclocking, G1 Gaming and Ultra Durable. The motherboard that goes under this month's review is Gigabyte G1.Sniper H6, a motherboard equipped with latest gaming features. This is the first H97 chipset motherboard that we reviewed. However, is it worth to get this motherboard from a previous generation?
In order for Gigabyte's motherboards to be 'gaming' motherboards, they must retain certain characteristics. In this case, the matte black PCB and red heatsinks are what lends to the aesthetics. It has a 5x Gold Plated CPU socket, designed to allow enthusiasts to enjoy absolute reliability and durability for the CPU socket, without having to worry about corroded pins or faulty contact points. Comparing its price point with other motherboards on the market, the G1.Sniper H6 is reasonably priced. Giving it further value is the Killer E2200 Gaming Network that is designed to offer better online gaming and online media performance.
The sound card on the G1.Sniper H6 is also a thing of beauty, with Gigabyte installing a TI Burr Brown OPA2134 operational amplifier. These amplifiers use high-end Nichicon capacitors, which ensure the highest quality audio in music, movies and even games.
But the best feature of the G1.Sniper H6 thus far is the ability to overclock the processor (turns out, you just need an unlocked processor). We tested the board by overclocking it to determine a limit in which the motherboard could still operate. One we got that, we used Prime95 to make sure everything remains stable. We used an Intel Core i7-4790K processor to test the G1.Sniper H6, which has a base clock of 4.0GHz. With the right cooler, we managed to overclock it to 4.8GHz with no issue. On PCMark 8, the board achieved a score of 4,930, which is impressive when compared to other motherboard in the market.
In conclusion, this motherboard is the most inexpensive and unexpected from Gigabyte. It offers overclocking potential and full-on gaming feature, despite the fact that it uses the H97 chipset. However, if you're planning to overclock this board, you may want to download the EasyTune App in order to help you. That being said, we cannot stress enough that you should never exceed the limit that been set by the motherboard. Otherwise, you'll be replacing your motherboard very soon.