The motherboard offers exclusive Gigabyte audio features: USB DAC-UP and Gain Boost.
By Colleen Frye
August 19, 2013
Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has announced its new FM2+ motherboards—including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper A88X. The G1.Sniper A88X sports two exclusive audio features: Gigabyte USB DAC-UP, a feature optimized for users employing a digital-to-analog converter (DAC); and Gain Boost, which provides high gain output for advanced headphones and speakers.
Gigabyte AMP-UP Audio is designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio. Featuring a gold-plated USB 2.0 port, Gigabyte USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your DAC. The Gigabyte USB DAC-UP also takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations to ensure the best audio experience.
Gigabyte USB DAC-UP also allows the port to be configured in bios for enthusiast system configurations that do not require USB power to the DAC. This makes it suitable for high-end audio enthusiasts.
Gigabyte motherboards feature an onboard operational amplifier (OP-Amp). The motherboard’s OP-Amp is mounted on a socket that allows users to physically switch out and try different OP-Amps. Additional OP-Amps can be purchased separately.
To further optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard OP-Amp, Gigabyte motherboards also debut Gain Boost. Gain Boost allows onboard switches to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification modes depending on output device.
To help protect and insulate the Realtek ALC898 audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electrostatic interference (ESD), the G1.Sniper A88X features an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s analog audio components from potential ESD pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers. The Realtek ALC898 audio processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover to eliminate ESD.
The motherboard uses Nichicon MUSE ES series audio capacitors at each channel layout.
The G1.Sniper A88X also features the new FM2+ APU socket, and is designed to get the most from forthcoming Kaveri AMD APUs, while preserving compatibility for current AMD FM2 Trinity and Richland APUs, according to the company.
FM2+ AMD APUs offer native support for 8 GT/s PCI Express gen 3.0 as well as DX11.1 support, integrating the high-performance Steamroller core. AMD socket FM2+ APUs also offer native support for 4K resolution displays on HDMI and DisplayPort.
To learn more, go to Gigabyte.