GIGABYTE has just announced a new addition to their G1.Sniper series of gaming motherboards. The new G1.Sniper B6 is running the Intel B85 chipset and supports the latest Haswell, Haswell Refresh and Devil’s Canyon CPU on the LGA 1150 socket. This new motherboard is a slightly improved version of the older G1.Sniper B5. GIGABYTE has put in a newer audio codec chip, support for M.2 SSDs and extra display connectivity options along with other little improvements.
As expected, the G1.Sniper B6 comes with LGA 1150 socket along with four memory slots which support up to 32GB of DDR3 memory. In terms of PCI expansion, the G1.Sniper B6 has two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots; one of which is wired for x4 operation only and it shares the bandwidth with the M.2 slot. If M.2 slot is populated then this PCIe slot will work in x2 mode only. Furthermore, there are two PCIe x1 slots and two legacy PCI slots.
In terms of storage connectivity, the G1.Sniper B6 comes with four SATA III, two SATA II and an M.2 slot. It also comes with four USB 3.0 and seven USB 2.0 slots including the ones at the back and internal headers.
At the back I/O panel, GIGABYTE has gotten rid of one of the two PS/2 ports which were present of G1.Sniper B5 and used the free space to offer more display connectivity options. The G1.Sniper B6 comes with VGA, DVI-D and HDMI ports. Furthermore, there are USB ports, Intel’s gigabit Ethernet LAN and audio ports at the back. Audio is driven by RealTek ALC1150 audio codec and TI Burr Brown OPA2134 op-amp. It has a dedicated audio area called Amp-Up audio.
GIGABYTE has not announced the pricing of the new G1.Sniper B6 yet but we expect it to cost same as its predecessor at $99.