Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155

Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155

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Introduction


Several months ago, Intel launched the Z68 chipset, and now that there are several standardized options for each form factor available already on the market, we've begun to see many specialized products appear, with very different usage-based designs. We recently looked at one from MSI, a product very much focused on extreme overclocking, while today, we take a look at something completely different from Gigabyte. Straight out of the newly-designed G1.Killer series, Gigabyte sent us none other than the G1.Sniper2, a limited edition gaming-focused product released recently to the North American market. We send the G1.Sniper2 on a covert mission; equipped with a Killer NIC E2100 NPU and a full Creative X-Fi soundcard strapped on its side, as well as featuring true PCIe 3.0 support for future CPUs. Will it find it's mark?

Specifications

Specifications Gigabyte G1.Sniper2
CPU SUPPORT:Intel Socket 1155 2nd Gen Core Family/Unlock Processor
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8+2+2 phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z68 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Intel Integrated (via installed CPU)
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2133
BIOS:AWARD BIOS with 2x 32 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16/0 or x8/x8)
2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
2 x PCI v2.3 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:3 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z68)
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z68)
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Marvell 88SE9172)
NETWORKING:1 x Killer NIC E2100 PCIe Gigabit Lan
PORTS:14 x USB 2.0 ports (8 at back panel, 6 at front panel)
4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo connector
1 x HDMI port
1 x eSATA/USB combo port
1 x RJ45 LAN port
6 x Audio port with 5 analogue audio jacks + 1 Digital
AUDIO:Creative X-Fi CA20K2 PCIe HD CODEC
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 264 mm)
GIGABYTE FEATURES:
  • @[USER=2828]bios[/USER]
  • Q-Flash
  • PCI Express Gen 3
  • Xpress BIOS Rescue
  • Xpress Recovery2
  • Lucid Virtu software bundle
  • EasyTune
  • Dynamic Energy Saver™ 2
  • Smart 6™
  • Auto Green
  • eXtreme Hard Drive (X.H.D)
  • ON/OFF Charge
  • Cloud OC
  • TouchBIOS
  • Q-Share
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