Comprehensive Mainboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X Review

APUs AMD Kaveri gave push to the emergence of high-performance systems, which can cope with the majority of modern Full HD games. In this light, demanding customers are preoccupied with the choice of motherboards for Socket FM2+ platform in order to satisfy their basic gaming needs. Gigabyte was one of the first companies to come forward with those demands and the launch of G1.Sniper A88X mainboard is an attempt to win the audience. Except for gaming bells and whistles, this model is ready to offer a comprehensive list of functional for high-end systems.



Key Features


Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X belongs to the G1-Killer exclusive series, featuring:

— form-factor: ATX (305x225 mm);

— chipset and APU: AMD A88X for socket FM2+, AMD Athlon/A4/A6/A8/A10 series APUs (Kaveri, Trinity, Richland);

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR3 standard, 64 GB maximal capacity, 1333 MHz-2400 OC MHz frequencies;

— integrated graphics: Radeon HD R7/7000/8000 series;

— expansion …

Greeting an Affordable Z170A-X1/3.1 Mainboard from ASRock

ASRock is known for developing high-quality hardware components for a relatively affordable price. Thence, its latest Z170A-X1/3.1 ATX mainboard is not an exception, since its price tag does not go beyond $100. In order to cheapen the prime cost, the manufacturer backed away SATA Express & M.2 connectors, limiting the PCB by six SATA III 6 Gb/sec ports.



To add, instead of a modern 8-channel audio controller it incorporated a well-known Realtek ALC892 item. The other boons of modernity remained unchanged. Thus, ASRock took Intel Z170 top chipset as the basis for the motherboard. The chipset is targeting the latest Intel Skylake CPUs for Socket LGA1151. The PCB accommodates 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel DDR4-3466 MHz RAM (up to 64 GB max. capacity).


Graphics facilities are ensured thanks to a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, although there are three more PCI Express 3.0 x1 slots for the connection of other items. Network options are entrusted to gigabit Intel I219V LAN …

Patriot Memory Releases High-End Memory Modules

Patriot Memory yesterday announced the release of high-end DDR3 memory modules. According to the words of the company's representatives, their new modules are designed specifically with the intention to boost the performance potential of Intel Core processors (basically of the second and third generations). Codenamed Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition, these modules are mainly oriented at the inveterate gamers and enthusiasts, ensuring the stable work of high-performance game consoles.



Intel Extreme Masters Limited Edition modules support Intel XMP 1.3 and are able to work at 1600 MHz, 1866 MHz, and 2133 MHz. The new memory modules will go in two-channel and four-channel kits and supplied in 8 GB, 16 GB, and 32 GB volume capacities. The modules operate in 1.5V ranges.


In addition, Patriot Memory's product owns good heat removal properties. The cooling process will be realized by means of solid radiators which were previously employed by Patriot in Viper 3 Series …
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