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Technical Specifications Comparison

Gigabyte G1.Sniper and GA-X58A-OC mainboards are too different to be compared against one another, but for your convenience we put their technical specifications into one table:

BIOS Functionality

I would expect the BIOS of an overclocker mainboard to differ from the BIOS of regular boards. However, we didn’t notice any serious differences that is why we are going to post only the screenshots of the Gigabyte GA-X58A-OC BIOS and point out any differences in the Gigabyte G1.Sniper BIOS in those few sections where they actually exist. Just in case, let me remind you that you can get full access to all settings in Gigabyte mainboards BIOS only by pressing Ctrl-F1 in the main BIOS window.

It is very convenient to see “MB Intelligent Tweaker (M.I.T.)” as the first item on the menu list. This section contains all parameters related to overclocking and system performance fine-tuning. The start-up page of this section only shows you the list of available sub-sections and reports basic system info:

Then we see a purely informational sub-section called “M.I.T. Current Status” that displays the current system settings.

The “Advanced Frequency Settings” sub-section allows adjusting frequencies and multipliers. You will also be able to track all parameter changes by looking at the informational parameters and their values.

All settings related to processor technologies are gathered on a separate page called “Advanced CPU Core Features”. IT was pretty strange to see that all power-saving technologies were disabled by default.

Things are also messed up (although not that badly) on the corresponding BIOS page of the Gigabyte G1.Sniper mainboard: its ability to switch to deep power-saving mode is disabled by default. As a result, both mainboards will consume more power than necessary in idle mode and Intel Turbo Boost technology will work only partially. Even when only one processor core is utilized, its clock frequency multiplier will increase only by 1x and not by 2x, as it should. It means that during the tests in single-threaded applications both Gigabyte mainboards will fall behind their competitors, which work correctly in this mode.

“Advanced Memory Settings” sub-section allows fine-tuning the memory sub-system.

Numerous memory timings have been moved to individual pages. The timings may be set for all three memory channels simultaneously or for each of them individually.

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