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GIGABYTE G1.Sniper Z87 Gaming Motherboard Review

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The audio controller used on the G1.Sniper Z87 is similar to that found on the likes of a Creative Soundblaster Z PCIe based card and the use of this chip also unlocks some key software functions. Scout mode for example allows us to boost aspects of in-game audio to hear enemies more easily (or from further away). CrystalVoice cleans up our microphone audio to maximise the quality that others hear and we can enable various surround modes or tweak the equalisers as required. Gigabyte also bundle their own software with the board, including a utility to update our software/drivers and @BIOS to help us maintain that.


Gigabyte have also been refreshing their software recently and now have re-skinned it for the G1.Sniper Z87. Using this software we can take control of the basic funtions such as fan configuration or delve a little deeper to overclock. We can even tweak power use or block USB devices which is an interesting feature and then we can of course also configure USB fast charging for appropriate devices and allow them to be charged through our PC even when it is turned off.


Looking next to the BIOS Gigabyte go with a near identical offering to the higher spec Sniper 5. This feature offers a hugely configurable set of screens (including the ability to have custom backgrounds) with full mouse/keyboard interaction. Around the sides we get key system information and then in the centre are our configuration options, which include the ability to create custom screens/profiles for our favoured options. We can overclock in real time here too, with no need to reboot over and over and as always Gigabyte offer USB based BIOS flashes for quick and simple updates.

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Stuart Davidson

Stuart Davidson is Senior Editor at HardwareHeaven having joined the site in 2002.