Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X FM2 Review

Conclusion

Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

Conclusion

AMD reviews are sadly few and far between here at OC3D. The relative performance differences of their processors and chipsets are so negligible that usually we'd be wasting our time and yours looking for an nth improvement. Nobody is sadder about this state of affairs than ourselves. We cut our teeth on AMD CPUs, whether it was the Barton core of yore or, for our orange elder statesman, the Thunderbird.

We're delighted that things seem to be finally turning the corner, with the A10 6800K a particular highlight. We know that many of you wonder why we use the APU versions for our testing but for the money, and we know many of you are on strict budgets, they're impossible to beat. It's not just us who believe this as both Sony and Microsoft have jumped on the AMD APU bandwagon with their Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles. For those of you looking to buy a dedicated graphics card you can buy a cheaper Athlon 750K quad core without the onboard graphics. 

Just because you're staying on a tight budget doesn't mean that you should be left bereft of features and that is where the Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X steps in. For an extremely meagre price of £80 you get a motherboard that has everything you could reasonably expect to find. Good overclocking performance, good looks, plenty of connectivity, some brand kudos, and all of that without breaking the bank. The only areas that even hint at the affordable nature are the fairly plain heatsinks, and the vertical SATA connectors for the #3-8 ports. Otherwise it's a robust delight. The audio is a particular highlight, being perhaps the best we've heard on an AMD motherboard.

In a market that is sadly short on choice, it's great that Gigabyte have applied their G1.Killer branding to an AMD motherboard, but kept the pricing at the level one would normally expect. It would have been very easy to assume that the prestige of the brand-name alone would allow them to charge the earth, so we very much like seeing common sense prevail.

For the combination of affordability, connectivity and that low price, we think the Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X should be at the top of your list if you're looking for a FM2+ motherboard, and we're happy to award it our OC3D Gamers Choice, and for that low price, our Value For Money award too.

       

Thanks to Gigabyte for supplying the G1.Sniper A88X for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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27-11-2013, 04:16:55

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...114414642l.jpg

Gigabyte have applied their excellent Sniper technology to the FM2 A88X chipset. How does it perform?


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27-11-2013, 04:33:00

Tripp
great review guv

27-11-2013, 05:16:26

barnsley
Finally a decent OC motherboard for FM2 sockets!. Kinda tempted to get this and a 750k and see how far I can OC it.

27-11-2013, 05:17:14

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
Finally a decent OC motherboard for FM2 sockets!. Kinda tempted to get this and a 750k and see how far I can OC it.

Have to admit I asked their PR company for one

27-11-2013, 05:31:45

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Have to admit I asked their PR company for one
I imagine without the gpu bit you'd be able to get much higher clocks etc. than with an OC'd A10. Here's a challenge, make a budget super OC rig. Also, try and make it look fantastic

27-11-2013, 05:32:44

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by barnsley View Post
I imagine without the gpu bit you'd be able to get much higher clocks etc. than with an OC'd A10. Here's a challenge, make a budget super OC rig. Also, try and make it look fantastic
All about time matey - I have lots of other products that need doing lol

27-11-2013, 05:35:04

Tripp
one question will this work with kaveri and hsa? i ask because i am going to build my brother, an console killer (drag him across to the darkside) when kaveri drops

27-11-2013, 05:36:04

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tripp View Post
one question will this work with kaveri and hsa? i ask because i am going to build my brother, an console killer (drag him across to the darkside) when kaveri drops
We dont know yet dude

27-11-2013, 05:45:58

Tripp
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
We dont know yet dude
ah ok guv

27-11-2013, 07:20:48

barnsley
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
All about time matey - I have lots of other products that need doing lol
Add it to the 'to-do' list guv! Please, I need to not buy another computer ;-;.

01-12-2013, 13:30:30

hoxlund
all the fm2+ mobos support kaveri

I have this current setup - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hoxlund/saved/1laq

Bios is f8a and I've tried f7

the motherboard won't run all 32gb of memory, the bios recognizes 4 sticks of 8gb but only allows 16gb. what the hell man?

I spent lots of money on this ram and its only utilizing half

any ideas?

27-01-2014, 03:04:27

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoxlund View Post
I have this current setup - http://pcpartpicker.com/user/hoxlund/saved/1laq

Bios is f8a and I've tried f7

the motherboard won't run all 32gb of memory, the bios recognizes 4 sticks of 8gb but only allows 16gb. what the hell man?

I spent lots of money on this ram and its only utilizing half

any ideas?
What vershon of windows are you running? some vershons limit the amount of ram you can use.

(64bit vershons)
Windows 7 Home Premiuem (16gbs max)
Windows 7 Home Basic ( 8gbs max )
Windows 7 Professional and up ( 192gbs max )

27-01-2014, 03:14:48

hoxlund
yeah im familar with windows limitations with ram, windows 7 x64 ultimate

but the thing is the bios shows all four 8gb sticks installed but will for the enabled size it only has 2 sticks

took a screenshot of the M.I.T. screen showing all the speeds and frequencies and dimm slot information

http://imgur.com/tFSKn4z.jpg

27-01-2014, 03:21:28

cooperman
Quote:
Originally Posted by hoxlund View Post
yeah im familar with windows limitations with ram, windows 7 x64 ultimate

but the thing is the bios shows all four 8gb sticks installed but will for the enabled size it only has 2 sticks

took a screenshot of the M.I.T. screen showing all the speeds and frequencies and dimm slot information
Try droping the ram speeds down to 1600 reboot and see if it picks up 32gbs.

27-01-2014, 05:44:22

hoxlund
i can try it. right now I put 4x4GB sticks of corsair vengeance ddr 1600. all 16gb is enabled and usable in windows. I'll let you know how it goes with the ddr2400 memory

27-01-2014, 06:19:49

hoxlund
Didn't work. went to 1600 and 1333. Still only showed 16gb enabled and usable. All the timings match the memory exactly too.

I think this is a question for gigabyte
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