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The motherboard market is loaded with options targeted squarely at overclockers and the general enthusiast, but finding a board - much less an entire series - dedicated to gamers is difficult. GIGABYTE realized that back in 2011, and thus its G1 series was born. In this article, we're taking a look at the company's current Z77 offering, the G1.Sniper 3. When GIGABYTE launched its G1 series of motherboards in 2011, it had a single audience in mind: gamers. Often, vendors that release high-end motherboards tout an excellent experience for overclockers, the general enthusiast and of course, gamers. But GIGABYTE decided to tone-down the overclocking focus for G1 and instead design a solution top-to-bottom that any gamer would like to have in their rig. Thus far, we've taken a look at a couple of G1 motherboards, and overall, we've liked what GIGABYTE has done with them. The aesthetics might be a bit overdone as far as some folks are concerned, but this is a gaming product. Past that, the addition of gamer-targeted networking and audio makes the overall package rather sweet. With its G1.Sniper 3, GIGABYTE continues the G1′s ongoing success and improves-upon a couple of things at the same time - to be expected, of course.
Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. We slapped an Ivy Bridge chip in this one instead of the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K and 2700K's we've tested in the boards thus far, to see how well Intel's newest chips and the Z77 work together. Specifically, we used an Intel Core i5-3470 chip, which we reviewed in depth here. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper3 supports LGA 1155 processors and features support for up to 32GB of DDR3-2066 (OC) system memory. As a gaming motherboard, Gigabyte saw fit to include support for up to 4-way SLI and CrossFireX (up to PCI-E x8 with four cards and PCI-E x16 with two) too. All told, this Sniper3 board has four PCI-E x16 slots, two PCI-E x1 slots, and a PCI slot for plenty of expansion options. There are six total SATA 6Gbps ports (two via the chipset and four from Marvell chips) in addition to four SATA 3Gbps ports and an mSATA connector. Between the chipset and VIA chips, the board supports up to ten USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and a pair of FireWire ports, as well.
GIGABYTE now has a second entry into the G1.Killer series for the Z77 lineup. Needless to say, when we look at a gaming board, we expect the appearance to scare the competition away, and the power to back it up. Does the G1.Sniper 3 deliver? Let's take a look. GIGABYTE released the G1.Sniper M3 earlier this year. We were not overly impressed with the board as there were some obvious areas that we thought could be improved to be an awesome mATX board for the budget gamer. Now we have the G1.Sniper 3, and we are truly impressed—the difference between the Sniper 3 and Sniper M3 is as big as night and day. The G1.Killer series started last year with the inclusion of the Bigfoot Networks Killer network processor to improve gaming performance. Many thought it was gimmicky, and for the most part it is, but it has over time become somewhat of an industry standard on gaming boards. The G1.Sniper 3 is an EATX form factor, unlike the mATX form-factored Sniper M3. The size increase is well warranted, however, once you look at all the components and featured on this board. The board comes in at a price of $279.99 on Newegg, which puts it in the same price bracket as the ASUS P8Z77-V Deluxe.
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|Gigabyte Ultra Durable 4 G1.Sniper 3 Desktop Motherboard - Intel Z77 Express Chipset - Socket H2 LGA-1155 - Retail Pack - XL-ATX - 1 x Processor Support - 32 GB DDR3 SDRAM Maximum RAM - SLI, CrossFireX Support - Serial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600 RAID Support||$322.36||See it|
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