Comments on: GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3 Motherboard Review PC enthusiasts one-stop resource for high-quality reviews, articles and current technology news. Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:01:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: agooddecision Mon, 06 May 2013 13:08:00 +0000 Yes, you are right on this, the board has the Creative name attached to it because Creative still sells. It seems even a low quality ‘flagship’ product can’t kill Creative!

Meanwhile excellent sound cards like the Asus Xonar HDAV are discontinued due to a lack of sales.

By: Rob Williams Sun, 05 May 2013 20:24:00 +0000 It’s kind of sad that decisions like these are made just because a board tends to look better with the Creative name attached to it (to some, I guess). It’s like when some board vendors bundled fake X-Fi solutions – which were regular audio solutions with a couple of X-Fi software layers on top of it.

Those who really care about audio are unlikely to use ANY onboard solution, unless it’s a genuine X-Fi card (I think ASUS had a solution like this).

By: agooddecision Sat, 04 May 2013 02:47:00 +0000 Poor choice of audio chip from Gigabyte. The Sound Core 3D is nothing more than a rebadged low-end codec that only supports 5.1 (no 7.1 support) and has mediocre specs and performance.

I would honestly much rather have a Realtek ALC898. The 898 chip is better featured and with a quality implementation can easily outperform Creative’s latest pile’o’crap. Heck even the budget-minded Gigabyte GA-X79-UD3 has an 898 with very good quality components and a 110dB SnR. Beat that Creative or give up.

It also doesn’t hurt that Realtek’s drivers nowadays are much better than Creatives. But when has Creative ever been any good at software?