Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Intel Z77 Express

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Introduction


Gigabyte has been around for a long time, known for rainbow-colored products in the past, while more recently they've changed their look, and they have also changed a fairly big part of their hardware design too. Their Intel Z77 Express products are the culmination of several years of innovation and advancement in design that few can match; gone are the technicolor slots, and here to stay is a highly-focused product design that centers on the individual needs of users, each met with a different product line. I've already reviewed the Gigabyte Z77X-UD5H, a board focused on every-day users who like a decent stable overclock, while still having all the features a platform can offer. The G1.Sniper M3 is designed with a far different user in mind, and is much more of a minimalistic approach, with specific added features targeted towards mATX form-factor gamers, and LAN party boxes.

There's been a big change in the features offered within the G.1 Killer lineup this time around, with a new Creative audio chip, and a new LAN chip as well. The addition of mATX-sized products is new too, a direct answer to consumer requests for such a product, as all previous G1.Killer products from Gigabyte have been in full ATX or larger formats.


Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:3rd Gen Intel Core i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 6+2+1 Phase
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 1 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 1600+
BIOS:AMI EFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (electrical x8/x8 or primary @ x16)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (electrical x4)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
3 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
1 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel GbE LAN
PORTS:10 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at back panel, 6 at front panel)
4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at back panel, 2 at front panel)
1 x eSATA port
1 x RJ45 LAN connector
1 x Audio port with 6 audio jacks
1 x PS/2 Keyboard port
1 x HDMI port
1 x Display Port
1 x DVI Port
1 x VGA Port
AUDIO:Creative CA0132 SoundCore3D CODEC
FORM FACTOR:mATX Form Factor (244 mm x 244 mm)
FAN HEADERS:4x 4-pin PWM
Gigabyte FEATURES:
  • 3D BIOS
  • 3D Power
  • Super Sight
  • Super Hearing
  • Super Speed
  • Super Shield
  • Ultra Durable4
  • EZ SMART Response
  • EZ Setup
  • ON/OFF Charge
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