Amp Up Audio Gigabyte

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GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards are equipped with the GIGABYTE exclusive AMP-UP Audio Technology, which provides the industry’s highest level of onboard audio features and technologies. 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.

Creative Sound Core3D™ Quad-Core Audio Processor. High End Audio CapacitorsBi-Polarized Audio Capacitors. GIGABYTE ExclusiveUpgradable OP-AMP (Operational amplifier). Rear Panel Audio: Gaming Headphone / Gaming PC Speakers/ AV System. Z97X-Gaming G1 WIFI-BK . • Shortest route, no wasted trace. • Shortest route, no wasted trace.

• Less crosstalk & less EMI. • AMP positioned close to audio jack for lowest noise. • Better signal quality and better audio quality.The shortest route is always the best for audio signals. The GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ Gaming motherboards feature the shortest audio communication paths between each critical component, from chipset to audio jack.

This reduces the crosstalk along the way, and the very close proximity of the AMP to the audio jack directly results in lower noise disturbance. With this high quality audio design, GIGABYTE G1™ Gaming motherboards are able to bring users better signal quality for the absolute best audio experience.

GIGABYTE Exclusive : Upgradable OP-AMP Customizable+ Users can choose audio quality based on individual listening preferences.+ Wide availability of additional OP-AMPs.Low Cost way to dramatically improve audio quality+ Improve audio dynamics and overall sound-quality with little cost.+ No need for expensive speakers or high-end audio equipment.

Exclusive onboard 'Gain Boost' selector switches+Select either standard 2.5x or high-amplification 6x mode.+ 6x mode is ideal for high impedance speakers and headphones. Combining world’s first Quad-Core Creative Sound Core3D Audio Processor Plus Advanced Creative SBX PROSTUDIO Audio Suite.

+ Harnessing the power of a Dedicated Audio Processor to offload workload from CPU + Total solution from Creative (Hardware +Software) + Richer overall audio experience. Creative® Sound Core3D™ with Custom Gold Plated Shielding. * Product features may vary by model. Featuring dual USB 2.0 ports, 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. The ALC1150 is 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.

+ Separation on the PCB layer protects the board’s sensitive analog audio components.+ Separate analog and digital ground to protect against Electromagnetic Interference (EMI).+ LED trace path lighting illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers. Locating the right and left audio channels on separate PCB layers, GIGABYTE 9 Series G1™ gaming motherboards are able to eliminate channel crosstalk and maintain the best audio 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.

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With the Creative demo done, it was time to move onto the GIGABYTE side of things and I must say this is the part I was most excited about. This area was especially split into two key areas. Showing us the difference of having the OP-AMP installed and having it not installed. The other was showing us the difference between the different OP-AMP's that are offered.

Due to copyright issues with the audio, we didn't have the ability to take any kind of video to really demonstrate the difference between the setups. Ultimately all we're able to do is explain the situation that took place. While you're not supposed to pull out the OP-AMP with everything running, to show off the difference in the best way, this is how GIGABYTE showed us. The difference with and without is really quite amazing. Without the OP-AMP installed there's just a general muddiness to the audio, and as soon as you plug it in, you instantly hear everything sharpen up. Everything just becomes cleaner. The difference was really night and day in this situation, and the addition of the OP-AMP really does a fantastic job of enhancing the audio experience.

The next portion of the demo was where GIGABYTE showed us the difference between a number of OP-AMP's. Different OP-AMP's cater to different kinds of music. Above you can see that each motherboard comes with an Upgrade Kit included, which offers an IC Extractor and two OP-AMP's. To the right you can see what the difference between them is and what kind of music they cater for. Depending on your choice of music will ultimately depend on your choice of OP-AMP.

It was when it came to testing the different OP-AMP's that I found myself kind of lost with no real ability to determine the difference when we were in the main room. After a brief demo we split off into some groups and went into another room.

Not so concerned about hearing the difference between having and not having the OP-AMP, here we wanted to dive into the different OP-AMP's a bit more. One of the media in the room with us had very little problem differentiating the different OP-AMP's, which would spread the noise differently. A prime example was that during a piano section with one OP-AMP, the piano sounded like it was in one location, but with the other, it sounded in a different location because of the way it spread out the audio.

With a feeling that too much night clubbing had meant that my ears couldn't appreciate the subtle difference between the OP-AMP's, it was when we played some dance music things became more apparent for me. With the GIGABYTE staff member suggesting a different OP-AMP for it, when the system was switched back on and the music was playing again for the first time, I could really tell a difference between the OP-AMP's. Maybe it's because I'm listening to the music I enjoy more actively and know what I am listening to with better accuracy. We're not talking about a difference like we saw in the with and without test, but closing your eyes and enjoying the music, you could hear that the suggested OP-AMP did indeed make the music sound overall better.

At launch GIGABYTE will have a number of motherboards supporting the new AMP-UP feature, but at the moment just the G1.Sniper 5 and G1.Sniper M5 are being announced. This new feature really kicks the audio experience up a notch and we're really impressed with what GIGABYTE is bringing to the table. The amount of effort people go into with trying out different OP-AMP's is something we're not too sure about, but you don't have to be an audio expert to know that the addition of the OP-AMP to the new motherboards is fantastic and makes a solid difference to audio output.

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