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Another day, and another new motherboard from the labs at Gigabyte. The company has just launched its new FM2+ motherboards, including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the G1.Sniper A88X. For one thing, the new mobo is focused intently on pristine audio, using a USB DAC-UP optimized for users employing a Digital-to-Analog Converter, and Gain Boost which provides high gain output for advanced headphones and speakers. In other words, the USB DAC-UP also allows the port to be configured in BIOS for enthusiast system configurations which do not require USB power to the DAC.

To help protect and insulate the the Realtek ALC898 audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electrostatic interference (ESD), the board features an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential ESD pollution at the PCB level. It's designed to house the latest AMD CPUs, and supports PCIe Gen 3.0, DX 11.1, 4K Resolution output via HDMI and DisplayPort, and there's even a DVI port as a backup.

No word on pricing just yet, but AMD gamers will no doubt have something to look forward to.

Looks pretty cool.


Now to see how the new APUs perform when they become available.


My question is - given the quality of the inbuilt audio processors on new boards like this one, does it make sense any longer to invest in a separate audio card ?...



I don't think so. I haven't used a separate audio card in years. Then again I haven't had a decent headset until the past couple months. I always bought the $20 sets just to have something and found out recently how nice a $60-70 set can be.