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Does Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5’s “Audio Noise Guard with Path Lighting” Really Work?

A while ago, I was in the market for a new Haswell-based computer system. One of the common problems I’ve always had is that plugging headphones directly into the onboard audio found on the motherboard (or linked to the front case panel) creates static noise, likely due to interference from other electrical components.

I had previously used the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 for a previous build, so when I heard the new Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 had a feature called “Audio Noise Guard with Path Lighting,” I was excited to see if it was able to eliminate the static noise when plugging headphones directly into the onboard audio.

Here is how Gigabyte advertises this feature:

Gigabyte Audio Noise GuardAudio Noise Guard with Path Lighting
To help protect and insulate the high fidelity Creative Sound Core3D™ audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electromagnetic interference (EMI), GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards feature an audio noise guard that essentially separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting Illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.

Silence is Golden?

Sadly, the static noise is NOT eliminated by this feature on the G1.Sniper M5. I think there is a slight improvement over the M3 (or maybe it is a placebo effect), but it does not go away completely like it does when I use a separate sound card (such as the Creative Sound Blaster Z) or plug into my speakers instead.

For the time being, it seems motherboard manufacturer’s have yet to solve this issue. However, I have not tried the ASUS Supreme FX audio solution on their ROG series of motherboards, which I mean consider for future builds.

One thought on “Does Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5’s “Audio Noise Guard with Path Lighting” Really Work?

  1. Unfortunately I have 2 * G1.Sniper.M3 board and G1.Sniper.M5 lately.
    Boards G1.Sniper.M3 are older one year and excellent products
    But board G1.Sniper.M5 has very serious problem with audio.
    I have gtx770 of gigabyte and Windows7 ultimate 64bit.

    Sometimes I have no speaker or the worst case in the middle of the game or media player
    the sound alternates to a very annoying buzzard.

    Other issue that I have no diagnostic yet who is responsible Mouse or M/B
    I have thermaltake blackV2 game mouse USB has move problems (at BIOS too)

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