Friday, March 2nd 2012

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Z77 Motherboard Pictured

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.
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).

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
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45 Comments on Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Z77 Motherboard Pictured

#1
Steven B
gigabyte does know what people thought of the G1 heatsinks in the past.

That is the final design.
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#2
LAN_deRf_HA
Does everyone work at gigabyte now? Why assume they suddenly have such high awareness of this issue. They haven't acted like that before and people have been complaining about that since the first iteration years ago. There's been plenty of board releases since. Doesn't really matter anyways. They stripped down the audio and networking so now you might as well buy a normal board. All that remains is the green color scheme.
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#3
buggalugs
LAN_deRf_HA said:
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.
Gigabyte have a couple of western forums, The official Gigabyte forum at tweaktown has gigabyte employees posting on it.

They have their own gigabyte forum too.

Gigabyte have been well aware of complaints, so aware that they sacked the manager who makes decisions about the design of motherboards.

Gigabyte have had a bad run with design choices, no UEFI, no PCI-E 3, stupid heatsinks, and X79 motherboards that blew up, etc etc.
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#4
LAN_deRf_HA
When I went to complain about it I could only find a UK forum that on rare occasion had someone from GB drop by. So this info is coming from GB reps on forums somewhere?
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#6
radrok
Asus simple and beautiful scheme simply destroys this boring (and painful on the eyes) attempt at a motherboard, I never considered Gigabyte anymore after they started slapping stupid toy guns heatsinks on their mobos.
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#7
RejZoR
This has been a common problem with asian manufacturers in general. They always tend to overdo things in a bad way. They improved a bit but they still need some more practice.
Anyone remembers ASUS or Gigabyte software? They NEVER mastered the use of regular windows. They always used some crappy looking custom interfaces that were done using i don't know, MS Paint and they always took 500MB of HDD space because everything was in BMP format.
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#8
radarblade
Gigabyte's mutant alien themed boards sure do look good. :ninja:
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#9
Prima.Vera
Why do they always put that useless 4th PCI-Ex port near to the connectors??? Nobody is using 4xCrossfire/SLI anyways. They would have better put another PCI port there.
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#10
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
Prima.Vera said:
Why do they always put that useless 4th PCI-Ex port near to the connectors??? Nobody is using 4xCrossfire/SLI anyways. They would have better put another PCI port there.
some Crunchers & folders would....
whether or not the cards they use have single or dual slot cooling is debatable

some benchers might also run 4xcrossfire/SLi.

theres a few of them on these forums with them kind of machines....
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#11
Steven B
Hey btarunr, This board has Core3D Creative audio and Bigfoot NIC=e2100, as well as one intel nic too. :) No realtek NICs at allon these boards, instead gigabyte is using atheros if they aren't using Intel or this qualcomm/bigfoot e2201, which has K written on it in the picture at VR-Zone.
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#12
TheLostSwede
nickbaldwin86 said:
what proof do you have to back this up? He makes a very good claim/point
Because I know, that's why. You're making your assumptions based on the fact that I'm just someone posting on a forum, but you don't know who I am or what I do.
Either which way, Gigabyte is more than happy to listen to feedback, but they're not going to take bitching on a forum seriously, neither is any other hardware manufacturer.
Constructive feedback is the way things work in the real world and that's what these companies listen to. Just saying... ;)
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#13
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
TheLostSwede said:
Because I know, that's why. You're making your assumptions based on the fact that I'm just someone posting on a forum, but you don't know who I am or what I do.
Either which way, Gigabyte is more than happy to listen to feedback, but they're not going to take bitching on a forum seriously, neither is any other hardware manufacturer.
Constructive feedback is the way things work in the real world and that's what these companies listen to. Just saying... ;)
sounds like someones been in the business a long time.
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#14
Steven B
they do read forum threads as well. GB does, asus does, asrock does, msi does, evga does. Some have a presence, like Raja@ASUS, EVGAJacob, and from what they read their input is put somewhere in there. The companies also like to ask users who represent blocks of the community what they think, yet a lot of times you don't get good responses from them, as they only represent the part of the community that is important to them.

No one told gigabyte their heatsinks were nice I guess, so they made them how they thought users wanted them, maybe they thought users thought the heatsinks were too nice, who knows some of the guys on forums are nuts in their responses just bitching about everything. I think the Sniper 3 looks good however.
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#15
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
TheLostSwede is the author of the VR-Zone article I cited, and all the photos in it.
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#16
TheLostSwede
btarunr said:
TheLostSwede is the author of the VR-Zone article I cited, and all the photos in it.
You can't going around blowing people's cover like that... :D
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#17
TheLostSwede
Steven B said:
No one told gigabyte their heatsinks were nice I guess, so they made them how they thought users wanted them, maybe they thought users thought the heatsinks were too nice, who knows some of the guys on forums are nuts in their responses just bitching about everything. I think the Sniper 3 looks good however.
The new heatsinks are more about functionality than form, in fact, the one on the G1 and UD5H boards are apparently over-dimensioned for the chipset whereas the one on the UD3H will be used on most of their new 7-series boards. They're ok, but not amazing. Wait until you see the new R.O.G. boards, Asus has once again come up with a really nice heatsink design. That said, the regular Asus boards is an entirely different kettle of fish...
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#18
cadaveca
My name is Dave
TheLostSwede said:
You can't going around blowing people's cover like that... :D
LuLz, as if it ain't obvious...lol.
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#19
Dargo
Hei guys
I can't believe I am reading such stupidities! I am just sick of people like you who are complaining and make a big case out of insignificant issues. Of course, appearance has its aesthetically importance, but just tell me how many times you are looking at your motherboard AFTER you installed it (especially while you are gaming!)? I am not taking in consideration the time when you wand to make modifications to your initial set-up. So unless you are that kind of geeks that just want to "SHOW-UP" their gears! And again, talking about heat sinks, I do not see what in their shape and appearance is bothering you unless their shape or appearance is impeding the functionality of the board or added cards. Their only reason to be there in strictly functional and they are meant to cool the necessary components not for anyone aesthetically pleasure (even tough is nothing wrong to have a god-looking heat sinks or a whole good-looking motherboard). So, guys,if you allowed me, i would recommend you to cool down and get a life.Thanks fo reading.
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#20
EarthDog
"Show off" their gear.

And thats what people do. You have a nice XXXXX you show it off. Lots of cases have windows on it so you can see the board easily. Others run their PC on a benching station. This is an enthusiast community, not a Dell closed box community. So while I understand what you are saying, you are also missing the market here in the first place. So Dargo, if you allowed me, I would recommend you step back and realize what demographic you are speaking to before making an off the wall first post and understand that looks are important for a lot of users here. So those expressing their opinion have a right to be dissappointed in the selection as it is in view for a lot of users. :)

Funny that other people's opinion bother YOU enough to go through the trouble to register, post, and then you had the fortitude to tell other people to get a life. The irony in that is just killing me. :p

EDIT: That said, it looks much better than the gun theme they had going on!!
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