TAK­ING THE SHOT

Gi­ga­byte G1.Sniper H6

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by AlexWong

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.

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