It is one thing to call a motherboard a "gaming motherboard" because you add one or two things gamers like to have. It is an entirely different thing to design a motherboard from the ground up with gaming in mind, both now and for the future. GIGABYTE has chosen the latter with the new 9 Series G1 Gaming Motherboards.
The strategy is to basically include all of the essential gaming tech and provide options for all the awesome bonuses. All of the boards so far are Intel Z97/H97 Chipsets designed to work with the latest Intel 4th and 5th Gen. Core processors. All have GIGABYTE's excellent build quality, but you are not hear to find out about basic features you come to expect from GIGABYTE.
Among the 11 different G1 Gaming boards for the 9 Series you will find some interesting goodies. These features include Killer E2200 NIC, premium quality sound with AMP-UP upgradeability, M.2 Onboard connector for PCIe speed for your SSD (up to 10 Gb/s), up to 4-way Crossfire/SLI, and building thermal water blocks for board cooling. The best part is you basically can mix and match the features you need or want, and buy the board that matches.
That is not all as GIGABYTE will be fully supporting their G1 and Black Edition motherboards with dedicated websites. No more time wasted with basic specs and press points on GIGABYTE's primary website. Now you get all the information about G1 motherboards, Esports teams that use G1 products, upcoming events, etc. Never be out of the loop about your G1 Gaming motherboard or new features from the latest and greatest.
There is a lot of information about the new GIGABYTE 9 Series G1 Gaming motherboards because there are eleven of them. You can read more about each feature in detail and more information about the two websites below. Team Futurelooks is also at COMPUTEX 2014 so we'll be going hands on with some of the newer boards including some that will be coming soon so stay glued the site.
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GIGABYTE Unleash 9 Series G1™ Gaming Motherboards
Built for Gamers "Who Were ‘Born to Game"
May 22nd, 2013 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, launched today its latest 9 series G1™ Gaming motherboards based on the Intel® Z97/H97 Chipset with support for the latest Intel® 4th and 5th generation Core™ processors. The new G1™ Gaming motherboards are packed with absolutely everything you’ll need to build an uncompromising, high-performance gaming PC.
The GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards deliver a range of exciting features such as the GIGABYTE’s Amp-Up Audio™ and several other advanced technologies for serious gamers and audiophiles, including the world’s first onboard OP-Amp socket. Additionally, the Killer™ E2200 gigabit Ethernet controller offers enhanced online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions.
“With the launch of the G1™ Gaming motherboards in 2010, GIGABYTE set out to define what it means to be a PC gamer and made its mission to focused solely on the features that matter most to them,” commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “With the new GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards, GIGABYTE maintains this philosophy by providing our customers with features that can’t be found on competitive products at the same price segment, including industry leading audio technologies, extreme 4-way graphics support and dual Killer/Intel Networking. GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards were definitely designed for gamers that aren’t satisfied with second best.”
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming Motherboards
With a full range of top-to-bottom G1™ Gaming motherboards including the compact, yet powerful Z97N-Gaming 5 Mini-ITX motherboard, GIGABYTE has a gaming motherboard suited for any type of gamer, no matter what type of game they play. Featuring the distinctive G1™ detailing and sexy new red and black styling, GIGABYTE G1™ motherboards are sure to make gamers stand out from the horde.
Extreme Multi-GPU Support
To take full advantage of the gaming experience, flawless graphics are a must, that is why the GIGABYTE 9 series G1 Gaming motherboards feature optimized support for AMD CrossFire™ configuration and NVIDIA SLI technology. That is especially the case for the GA-Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK which can support either 4-Way CrossFire™ or 4-Way SLI™ action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.
M.2 Onboard Connector
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards come equipped with an onboard M.2 slot, providing users PCI-Express connectivity for SSD devices. Delivering up to 10 Gb/s data transfer speeds, M.2 offers users considerably faster storage performance than current mSATA and even SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s) storage devices.
SATA Express Connector
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature an onboard SATA Express connector which provides performance far superior to that of current SATA technologies. SATA Express features data transfer rates of up to 10Gb/s, considerably higher than SATA Revision 3 (6Gb/s), which won’t bottleneck faster NAND flash technologies in cutting edge SSDs. SATA Express combines the benefits of PCI-Express and SATA to provide much higher bandwidth, allowing SATA Express based drives to perform at similar speeds as PCI-Express based drives.
GIGABYTE App Center Including EasyTune™ and Cloud Station™ Utilities
GIGABYTE APP Center gives you easy access to wealth of GIGABYTE apps that help you get the most from your GIGABYTE motherboard. Using a simple, unified user interface, GIGABYTE APP Center allows you to launch all GIGABYTE apps installed on your system.
OPGIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio™ Technology
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE exclusive AMP-UP Audio ttechnologies, which provides the industry’s highest level of onboard audio features. With GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio, gamers and audiophiles are able to experience crisp, ultra realistic sound effects while gaming, and the richest possible sound experience when listening to their favorite music and movies.
Upgradeable OP-AMP with Gain Boost
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature an onboard OP-AMP socket, allowing enthusiasts to swap out the motherboard's onboard operational amplifier (OP-AMP) and explore personal audio preferences using a range of nuanced OP-AMPs available on the market. Additional amplifiers can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.
To further optimize the audio experience provided by the onboard OP-Amp, GIGABYTE motherboards also debut Gain Boost. Gain Boost allows users to switch between 6x and x2 amplification depending on the speakers or headphones being used. Most OP-Amps are capable of providing a high-gain audio output that is ideal for high-end headphones and speakers that have higher impedance headroom.
SC3DCreative® Sound Core3D™ Quad-Core Audio Processor Plus Creative SBX Pro Studio Audio Suite
Combining world’s first Quad-Core Creative Sound Core3D Audio Processor Plus Advanced Creative SBX PROSTUDIO Audio Suite, the GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards lead the way in terms of audio quality. SBX Pro Studio™ suite of audio playback technologies delivers a new level of audio immersion. Realistic surround sound, the ability to clearly hear specific sounds in a gaming environment are just a few elements of SBX Pro Studio that enhances the overall experience, be it movies, games or music.
Realtek ALC 1150 115dB SNR HD Audio Plus Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3
Additional GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature the ALC1150, a high-performance multi-channel High Definition Audio Codec that delivers an exceptional audio listening experience with up to 115dB SNR, ensuring users get the best possible audio quality from their PC.
The ALC1150 provides ten DAC channels that simultaneously support 7.1-channel sound playback, plus 2 channels of independent stereo sound output (multiple streaming) through the front panel stereo outputs. Two stereo ADCs are integrated and can support a microphone array with Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC), Beam Forming (BF), and Noise Suppression (NS) technologies. The ALC1150 incorporates Realtek proprietary converter technology to achieve Front differential output 115dB Signal-to-Noise ratio (SNR) playback (DAC) quality and 104dB SNR recording (ADC) quality.
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards also include Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite. Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 software suite is a powerful audio platform offering premium audio quality, effects and features for gamers. It features SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies, which is designed to give you the fullest audio experience.
Dual USB DAC-UP
Featuring dual USB 2.0 port, GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to your Digital-to-Analog Converter. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports, which is why GIGABYTE USB DAC-UP takes advantage of an isolated power source that minimizes potential fluctuations and ensures the best audio experience possible.
Dedicated Audio Hardware Zone
To help protect and insulate the high fidelity Creative Sound Core3D™ audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electromagnetic interference (EMI), GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting Illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.
High End Audio Capacitors
GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards use high end, Japanese branded Nichicon audio capacitors. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.
Gold Plated Audio Hardware
Tor improved connectivity and long lasting durability of some of the most vulnerable I/O, GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards pack top quality gold plated audio and HDMI connectors. Gold has superb signal conductivity and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Creative Sound Core3D™ processor is also shielded by a gold plated cover which eliminates electrostatic interference.
GIGABYTE 9 series G1 Gaming motherboards feature the Killer™ E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and online media performance compared to standard solutions. The Killer™ E2200 features Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.
Intel® Gigabit LAN networking, a popular choice with gamers, delivers several performance-enhancing features such as advanced interrupt handling to help reduce CPU overhead and Jumbo Frame support for extra large data packets.
All New Heat Sink Design
GIGABYTE 9 series G1 Gaming motherboards features new heat sink designs that offer uncompromisingly efficient cooling on key areas of the motherboard including the PWM area and chipset (PCH). GIGABYTE 9 Series G1 Gaming motherboards offer cooling support of the crucial PWM area so even the most aggressive and extreme configurations will be kept well within optimal thermal parameters.
Water Block Thermal Design with G1/4 Threaded Fittings
Tube connectors at each end of the heat sink provide easy integration with any water cooled system. These technologies help combat high temperatures by effectively removing heat from critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU VRM zone, allowing it to remain cool, even when the battle heats up.
Exclusive GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ Features
GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support
Many of today's 3rd party water cooling systems require CPU fan power support for both the cooling fan and the water pump. GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ Gaming motherboards feature OPT fan support, an additional CPU fan pin header that can be used to connect a water pump and configured for continuous full speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high performance coolers employing two fans.
10K Durable Black™ Soild Caps
GIGABYTE 9 series G1™ Gaming motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for a guaranteed minimum of 10K hours. Not only do they provide ultra-low ESR no matter how high the CPU loading, they also come in customized jet black from Nippon Chemi-Con and Nichicon.
(15μ) Gold Plated CPU Socket Design
GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ Gaming motherboards come equipped with a gold plated CPU socket, which means that enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket overtime, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.
GIGABYTE UEFI DualBIOS™ with Dashboard Mode
GIGABYTE's UEFI DualBIOS™ has a redesigned user interface that offers users the chance to take control of their BIOS environment like never before.
- Take control of how your BIOS looks and feels with a fully customizable UI
- Adjust overclocking and performance settings in real-time
- Smooth mouse control and shortcuts for fast navigation
Some features may vary by model
GIGABYTE 9 series G1™ Gaming Model List
- Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK
- Z97X-Gaming G1
- Z97X-Gaming GT
- G1.Sniper Z97
- Z97X-Gaming 7
- Z97X-Gaming 5
- Z97X-Gaming 3
- G1.Sniper H6
- H97-Gaming 3
- Z97MX-Gaming 5
- Z97N-Gaming 5
For more details regarding GIGABYTE 9 series G1™ Gaming motherboards, please go to: http://g1.gigabyte.com/
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Easy Access to Follow GIGABYTE’s Gaming World and Black Edition Updates
May 28th, 2014 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, following the launch of the 9 series motherboards based on the Intel Z97/H97 Chipset, unveiled today two new websites, the G1™ Gaming and Black Edition websites. The new addresses are a unique place for all gamers to follow the latest information about the G1™ Gaming Series motherboards and gaming world, and for Black Edition owners to keep track of the latest news and opportunities.
In 2010, GIGABYTE, introduced their first gaming motherboards, helping to define what it means to be a PC gamer, and since then, GIGABYTE has been hard at work creating a new line of motherboards that focus solely on the features that matter to most gamers. With the new G1 website, GIGABYTE is one step closer to its goal to be the ultimate gamer’s resource.
Divided in 7 categories, each offering unique G1 related information, gamers from all backgrounds visiting the page will be able to discover everything the new GIGABYTE G1 series has to offer. From a full range of products with feature introductions and complete specifications, to media reviews, G1 events around the globe, updates of all the official GIGABYTE sponsored G1 gaming teams and official gaming related announcements from GIGABYTE, the new G1 Gaming website is the place to stay connected with the gaming world. Paired with an eye-catching and cool design, the new GIGABYTE G1 Gaming website utilizes HTML5 technology to provide the users with a friendlier browsing experience.
The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ Black Edition motherboards have been introduced with the recent launch of the 9 series motherboards. GIGABYTE has gone to great lengths in an effort to prove that the Black Edition is a statement of durability and reliability. At their factory in Nanping, Taiwan, GIGABYTE custom built a testing facility where each motherboard labeled as Black Edition undergoes an extra 168 hours of stress testing before shipment to ensure maximum quality and ultimate durability. Once the board has passed the entire rigorous week long testing, they receive a Certificate of Validation that is signed by the GIGABYTE manufacturing VP and GM.
But that’s not all! With the launch of the Black Edition website, Black Edition motherboard owners can register online to join the GIGABYTE Black Edition Members Club and receive exclusive membership benefits including an extended 5 years warranty. By registering their motherboard, members will also have access to a gallery of video feeds showing the testing process at the facility. Additionally, regular activities will be held for the members of the Black Edition Members club where they’ll have the chance to win great prizes including a chance to win a trip to Taiwan to see the factory first hand.
Stay tuned with GIGABYTE as more features and information will be added to each website.
For more details regarding GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming website, please go to: http://g1.gigabyte.com/
For more details regarding GIGABYTE Black Edition website, please go to: http://blackedition.gigabyte.com/