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Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Z77 Motherboard Pictured

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  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    How time flies. It's been just a little over an year since Gigabyte unveiled its G1.Killer series of gamer-overclocker oriented motherboards, including the G1.Sniper, and now it's already at G1.Sniper 3. While the original G1.Sniper was based on the X58 chipset supporting LGA1366 processors, the the Sniper 2 based on Z68 chipset, supporting LGA1155 processors, the Sniper 3 stays put on the LGA1155 platform, but makes use of the brand-new Z77 chipset. The motherboard is designed to drive up to four graphics cards in 4-way CrossFire/SLI configurations. It takes advantage of a PLX PEX8747 bridge chip, which takes in one PCI-Express 3.0 x16 link, giving out two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 links, it even has a native multiplex that splits its second downstream x16 link to two x8 links. This way, the G1.Sniper 3 is ready for 4-way action with the latest PCIe Gen. 3.0 graphics cards.

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    The socket LGA1155 CPU is powered by a 15-phase VRM. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory. Expansion slots include four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x16/NC/x16/NC; x16/NC/x8/x8; x8/x8/x8/x8); two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 (wired to the PCH), and one legacy PCI. There's a boat-load of SATA connectivity, starting with six SATA 6 Gb/s ports (two from the PCH, four from additional controllers), four SATA 3 Gb/s, and one mSATA 6 Gb/s. For a change, Gigabyte did away with Creative X-Fi audio (at least the CA20K2-based version), and replaced with Sound Core3D driving the audio, with better ground-isolated amp circuitry, and Bigfoot's Killer E2100 network controller. There's a second GbE connection, driven by Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller (probably 82579V).

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    Display connectivity looks to include DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort (the whole lot). All USB ports on the rear panel are USB 3.0, four of them could be wired to the PCH. There are a number of USB 2.0 ports available by headers, not to mention two more USB 3.0 ports via front-panel header. Moving on, the G1.Sniper 3 has Gigabyte's dual-UEFI BIOS with 3DBIOS UI. While the board retains the gunmetal black+green color scheme, it did away with retarded-looking heatsink designs. It packs a whole bunch of features for overclockers, including consolidated voltage measurement points, a feature-rich BIOS, etc. The G1.Sniper 3 could feature in Gigabyte's first wave of Z77 motherboards.

    Source: VR-Zone
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2012
  2. FreedomEclipse

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    well I guess they got sick of heatsinks that looked like ammo clips and scopes.
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    good.. they looked stupid
    Zubasa, johnnyfiive and AlienIsGOD say thanks.
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    fullinfusion 1.21 Gigawatts

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    Thats a double bagger for sure :wtf:
  5. nickbaldwin86

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    I am pretty sure they got sick of people complaining about it... lol

    Nice looking board
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    Much better than I thought it would like, shame the video outputs waste so much space.
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    I don't like the colour scheme :eek:
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    I want a heatsink that looks like a grenade...
  9. FreedomEclipse

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    not only that.... I think one of the heatsinks (that looked like a scope) obstructed a PCI-E X1 port.
  10. Dj-ElectriC

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    Gigabyte are very good with their line up, Creates price competition
    I need my normal Asus motherboards cheap. 10x :)
  11. LAN_deRf_HA

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    Two things. For one gigabyte probably isn't even aware of the complaints. They have pretty much zero "western" forum presence. Secondly we've been down this road before. Remember this? That's not what we ended up with.

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    Bundy says thanks.
  12. badtaylorx

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    THANK GOD those stupid gun themed heatsinks are gone....not R.I.P....R.I.H (rot in hell)
  13. nickbaldwin86

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    Yup and I would have bought that board... but that had to go ugly it up with guns
  14. TheLostSwede

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    Oh, they're very much aware of it and that's why they changed it, trust me on this. The heatsinks are the final deal, so no need to worry. ;)
  15. nickbaldwin86

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    what proof do you have to back this up? He makes a very good claim/point
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    Don't let the fireworks out yet, there's still MSI...
  17. EarthDog

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    +1. I can also assure you that Giga is aware of the reception those heatsink had.. I can also tell you MSI is aware of the rather chilly reception the BBXPII heatsinks had as well.
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    Why are they suddenly so receptive? Didn't do anything every previous occasion.
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    D-Sub and DVI connectors? Really? On a 2012 high-end enthusiast motherboard?

    :banghead:
  20. nickbaldwin86

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    Right... not as if this board will be going into a HTPC ... i mean it could but you would have to have a lot of extra $$ to waste. and if you did you would just throw a card in and not use the on board video.
  21. EarthDog

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    Doesnt it have Quicksync/Lucid abilities?
  22. rpsgc

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    It still has HDMI and Display Port connectors (and there's plenty of cheap HDMI/DP to DVI/D-Sub adapters). Hence my comment.
  23. nickbaldwin86

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    ya but if you spend $300+ on a motherboard for gaming then I hope you spend $600+ on a video card/s to go with it.

    I mean really you aren't a smart consumer if you buy this and put 1 low end card in it even... because there are boards that are half the price that will do that job without a issue.

    I guess I just thing to logically and I am smart with my money.
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    nvm wrong thread
    looks okay though
  25. nickbaldwin86

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    For a SSD.... they claim it isn't for just cacheing but they cant say/release the data yet :rolleyes:

    maybe read the article ;) lol

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