Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6: Review | Test | Specs | Price | CPU Performance| Hashrate| Setup| Config | Advantage (Pros) and Disadvantages (Cons) and other important features that will help you make better
Today I am offering you the test of a “gamer” motherboard from Gigabyte, the G1 Sniper H6! Under this name hides a mid-range motherboard equipped with an Intel H97 chipset, an advanced sound part as well as a Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 network chipset, these last two points make the G1 Sniper H6 a card ” gamer ”.
Gigabyte has decided to tackle the “gaming” sector but for once at a much more affordable price with less than a hundred euros, let’s see what this motherboard has in store for us!
Specification: Hashrate – Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6
|Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6|
|Format||ATX (30,5 cm x 22,5 cm)|
|CPU||Intel Core i3 / i5 / i7
Socket LGA 1150
|Chipset||Intel H97 Express|
|Memory||4 x DDR3 1600 Mhz “Dual Channel”
Maximum de 32Go
|Slots d’extensions||1x PCIe 16X (works in 16X)
1x PCIe 16X (works in 4X)
2x PCIe 1X
|Multi-GPU||AMD CrossFire (16x / 4x)|
|Audio Chipset||Realtek® ALC1150 codec
TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 operational amplifier
|Network||Chipset Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 (10/100/1000 Mbit)|
|Number of connectors for fans||4|
|Storage||6 x SATA 6Gb/s
Support RAID 0 / 1 / 5 / 10
4 x USB 3.0
3 x USB 2.0 Internal connectors:
2 x USB 3.0
4 x USB 2.0
|Video outputs||1 x D-Sub
1 x DVI-D
1 x HDMI
The Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6 is well supplied for a motherboard of this price and will be sufficient for 99% of users. Socket 1150 of course, compatible with all the latest processors of the moment but on the other hand a little smaller than standard ATX motherboards with 22.5 cm instead of 24.4 cm which means the absence of 3 screws, the motherboard will therefore not be held on one side in the case and you will have to be careful during assembly not to press it too much.
Like any good Dual Channel motherboard with 4 ports the maximum capacity is 32GB of DDR3 1600/1333 Mhz RAM (native, more in overclocking). The sound part is entrusted to a Realtek ALC1150 chipset supported by a TI Burr Brown® OPA2134 amplifier which should offer very good sound, so an independent sound card should not be necessary!
Gigabyte has decided to leave the network part to a Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 chip, supposed to improve the ping as much to say it right away this is only for marketing, this chip is only useful when the user downloads (bitorrent for example) because it is possible to prioritize the applications, if nothing is being downloaded (which should be the case anyway when playing games) then the ping will not change (a bit like the GameFirst from Asus).
Now it’s time to unpack!
The box is rather sober, the sniper’s eye on a shiny black background with the model of the motherboard written as well as the eternal mention “Ultra Durable” dear to the brand 🙂
More loaded, the rear offers a view of the card with a description of the main components as well as a view of the rear panel.
When you open the box you fall directly on the compartment containing the motherboard in its antistatic bag, next!
Under the motherboard compartment we find the bundle which looks rather well supplied, let’s see this in more detail right away!
The bundle consists of:
- 1 manuel
- 1 guide d’installation
- 1 driver / software CD
- 1 set of stickers for Sata cables
- 4 Sata cables (2 angled and 2 flat)
- 1 plate I / O
- 2 hook-and-loop cable ties
- 1 autocollant « G1 Gaming »
As we can see the bundle is rather complete, the stickers to put on the sata cables are ultimately rather practical to locate during assembly (or change of disc), the presence of 4 sata cables is rather good news too. and will not have to buy extra if you have more than 2 peripherals. The 2 cable ties are also a little extra and will help make the installation cleaner.
Here is the beast! A black PCB equipped with red radiators like everyone now does for so-called “gaming” motherboards, it seems that red rhymes with games in recent years 😉
The build quality is very good and the location of the various connectors is rather good thought, like the sata ports that are not behind the PCIe slots which can be difficult to access if one or more graphics cards are installed. The space between the 2 PCIe 16x ports is generous and will allow the installation of 2 very thick graphics cards during a Crossfire.
The rear is very clean and the workmanship is very good.
The audio part is separated from the rest of the motherboard by the green line that can be seen above and below the card. This line is illuminated in red when the machine is powered on, a little tuning touch as can be found on the Asus H97 Pro Gamer.
The ventilation of the PC is entrusted to 4 4-pin PWM connectors, 3 for the chassis and 1 for the processor, too bad there is no optional CPU connector in order to connect 2 independent fans, it will then be necessary to use an adapter when using a dual fan cooler.
The rear panel is composed of:
- 1 PS / 2 port
- 3 ports USB 2.0
- 4 ports USB 3.0 / 2.0
- 1 port DVI-D
- 1 port VGA
- 1 port hdmi
- 1 port RJ45 Gigabit
- 5 ports audio jack 3.5mm
- 1 optical fiber audio output
- 1 Coaxial audio output
The connection is rather complete at the back, it should be sufficient in most cases!
Here is the home screen of the bios of the G1 Sniper H6, simplified mode with the basic options, let’s see what happens in the classic mode instead!
This is better! On the left we find information about the processor such as its voltages, temperatures and fan speed as well as memory information. On the right, system information, voltages, processor temperature as well as the speed of the various fans connected.
In the Frequency part it is possible to modify the frequency of the GPU integrated into the processor as well as the processor ratio and activate the XMP profile of the memory. In Advanced CPU Core Settings free access is left to the user to modify the ratio of each Turbo mode, deactivate / activate cores, modify the consumption limitation, etc.
Note: As with Asus, the Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6 allows the overclocking of the processor (if it is a “K” version of course) even if the card is equipped with an H97 chipset, a good point!
The Memory part as you can imagine is dedicated to the memory, activation of the XMP, modification of the manual frequency, the voltages etc .. and this on each of the 2 different pairs of memories.
In Voltage we find all the modifiable voltages, and there is what it takes to have fun, voltage of the CPU, integrated GPU, chipset and memory. There is definitely something for the more adventurous to do.
The Miscellaneous section offers some general settings but above all ventilation control. For each fan it will be possible to define ventilation profiles, normal, silent or even manual according to your needs or desires.
In Home it is possible to manage profiles, the bios options can therefore be saved as you wish on each of the profiles.
Gigabyte offers us a motherboard with a fairly large panel of software available, without these being essential they can be useful if you want to overclock / adjust your fans / update your bios via Windows. I will take a quick tour of the different software available:
By launching EasyTune it is possible to overclock your processor with a simple click, by choosing one of the available presets:
- Light: Overclock 4Ghz
- Energy Saving: Downclock 800Mhz
- Medium: Overclock 4,2Ghz
- Default: 3,8Ghz
- Extreme: 4,4Ghz
- Auto Tuning: The software finds the best settings for your configuration on its own
As the name of the software suggests, it’s easy! With one click you can overclock your processor, very good for beginners, but be careful to control the temperatures once the settings have been applied because the software tends to be very large on the voltages applied.
The other 2 tabs are there for finer adjustments, voltages, memory and more! You have to know what you are doing if you start to touch this, use it at your own risk!
System Information Viewer
The System Information tab, as its name suggests, presents information about your processor, memory and motherboard.
More interesting, the Smart Fan Auto tab makes the configuration of the fans changeable in 1 click with 4 predefined settings (Performance, Fulls Speed, Quiet, Normal).
This is certainly the most interesting part for any silent pc fan, it will allow you to configure the speed of your fans as you see fit in relation to the temperature of the processor (unfortunately only this temperature). The ventilation curve can be changed and you can make your PC as quiet as possible, or as efficient as possible, according to your desires!
It will also be possible to set alerts according to different settings, for example if the processor exceeds a certain temperature, if a fan goes too low or even a drop in voltage etc.
The test platform
The Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6 has been tested with the configuration below:
- Processor : Intel Core i5 4670K
- CPU Fan : Noctua NH-D15
- Motherboard : Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6
- Mémoire: Kingston HyperX 2 x 4 Go 1600Mhz
- Disque dur: WD Raptor 150 Go
- Carte graphique : XFX 7870 Black Edition
- Ventirad Graphics Card : Arctic Cooling Accelero S1
- Alimentation: be quiet! E9 580CM
The motherboard will be opposed to the Gigabyte Z87X UD5TH and the Asus H97 Pro Gamer.
Motherboards all get the same results under Cinebench R15, which is not surprising.
SuperPI 32M also shows that the 3 motherboards are all neck and neck with 2 seconds separating the fastest from the slowest, which means that the results are identical.
Under Aida64 with the processor and memory test the results are again equal, which is really not surprising given that the processor is the same and the memory controller is built into it and not into the motherboard, as it was a few years ago.
3DMark Fire Strike and games
To test the motherboard I chose to do a 3DMark Fire Strike test and compare the results in terms of physics as well as the average results on Shogun 2: Total War and Bioshock Infinite. There could be 50 different games the results would be identical between the 3 motherboards so you might as well avoid unnecessary graphics!
In games and under 3DMark Fire Strike the results are of course identical, the motherboard having almost no impact.
Débits Sata – CrystalDiskMark
As the H97 chipset manages the Sata ports, it is normal to see the Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6 achieve the same results as the Asus H97 Pro gamer.
With 980 Mb / s in download and 975 in upload, the killer e2200 chipset is very good in terms of speed. Note that the ping which was supposed to be improved with this chipset was tested with this motherboard and another configuration equipped with an Intel network chipset, the results were logically identical, an integrated chipset cannot modify the ping unless to be downloading and that the network chipset driver supports packet prioritization.
Overclocking was very easy on the Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6, Gigabyte just like Asus has unbridled the overclocking functions of processors in version “K” on some motherboards not “Z97”. I was able to overclock the Core i5 4670K to 4.7 GHz with a voltage of 1.34V, as much to say that it heated dry at the level of the processor which flirted with the 80 ° but the card remained stable throughout the tests, rather not bad!
Make way for results:
The results speak for themselves, the gains are quite good in all applications that take advantage of processor power but in games the gain is really minimal for those drawing on the processor and almost non-existent on games that draw on the card. graphic.
Here we are at the end of this test, what to say about the Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6?
Gigabyte offers here an affordable motherboard oriented “gaming” with a very good sound chipset which should suffice for the vast majority of players and avoid having to go through the cash register to find a sound card worthy of the name, the chipset Killer 2201 network is unfortunately just one more marketing argument and don’t fall for it, your ping will not drop under normal conditions of use!
The performances are logically very good and at the level of all the other motherboards, neither more nor less. The possibilities of overclocking processors in “K” version finally give the H97 chipset an advantage over the Z97 chipset, motherboards which are generally less expensive and sufficient for 99% of the population.
The only criticism that we could make with this motherboard is the management of the Crossfire but only in 16 / 4x and the incompatibility with the SLI from nVidia, but that should not really bother a lot of people.
A very good build quality and offered at less than 100 € this Gigabyte G1 Sniper H6 will delight your gamer config!
- Build quality
- Overclocking sur chipset H97
- Chipset son
- No SLI
- Purely marketing network chipset
A big thank you to Wilfrid from Gigabyte who allowed me to do this test.