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Gigabyte's First Micro-ATX G1.Killer Motherboard Pictured

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A little earlier, we were treated to pictures and details of the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 motherboard based on Intel Z77 chipset, supporting LGA1155 "Ivy Bridge" and "Sandy Bridge" processors. Presenting, Gigabyte's first G1.Killer series motherboard in the micro-ATX form-factor, the G1.Sniper M3. This new board is based on the same Z77 chipset, and is backed by a fairly exhaustive feature-set that makes it a formidable high-end micro-ATX gaming desktop choice (good for LAN party rigs). The LGA1155 socket is powered by a 9-phase VRM, which draws power from a 4-pin ATX connector (instead of 8-pin EPS). The socket is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel memory.

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I like it! I want it!
 

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Looks like Gigabytes G1 boards are getting kinda plain looking. So now, make things black and green and call it a G1. Okay. :ohwell:
 

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There is something about black and green that I've always like when it comes to computers...probably because u don't see it as much as black and red or black and blue. Which I think are incredibly overdone. But looks aside I'm glad that matx boards are gaining popularity with the enthusiasts/gamers they are entirely practical with today's technology.
 

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"G1 series" refers more to the Creative card built in and the Killer NIC. But i do not see the KillerNic...yeah, plain would be right!

Also, BTA, I do see a Creative CKA02? chip there.
 
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It's got a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip, not Realtek
 
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This is a bit tame really. VRM and power setup rules it out for MATX super-performance rigs, PCI-E slot bandwidths rules it out for most MATX multi-gpu rigs. So it's just another mid-high end MATX board.

Move along, move along; nothing to see here.
 

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VRM and power setup rules it out for MATX super-performance rigs, PCI-E slot bandwidths rules it out for most MATX multi-gpu rigs. So it's just another mid-high end MATX board.
Have you ever tried one of ASUS's Gene boards? They are pretty good, hopefully this will be similar. I see reason for it not to be...1155 CPUs barely pull 150W when OC'd and running LinX, so VRM design ain't so important, really.

Although, of course, the "G.1-Series" isn't Gigabyte's OC product, anyway.
 
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Have you ever tried one of ASUS's Gene boards? They are pretty good, hopefully this will be similar. I see reason for it not to be...1155 CPUs barely pull 150W when OC'd and running LinX, so VRM design ain't so important, really.

Although, of course, the "G.1-Series" isn't Gigabyte's OC product, anyway.
The Maximus IV Gene makes this board look like a joke. It has much better everything (possibly except audio chip).
 

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Time will tell, and hopefully I'll get a chance to try both. In fact, I wil ldirectly ask both ASUS and GIgabyte for those boards to make that compare, just for you. ;) I'm sure many others are gonna want that reviewed, too.

To be honest I don't see anything particularily wrong with the board. Kinda miss the KillerNIC though. The only thing that stands out is the 4-pin CPU power connector, but agian, 1155 IB chips wil literally sip the power, with a 77W TDP... and 144W should be enough to OC thse chips, so only a single 4-pin is really needed, anyway.
 
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I was thinking x8 slot placement, VRM/power delivery, SATA ports, rear-panel USB ports, reset button on board...

The Gigabyte does of course have the advantage of being Z77, whereas the Maximus IV Gene is Z68. Not sure how much that matters, yet.
 

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ASUS should have a Z77 Gene too, which is what I was refering too. I've already reviewed the Z68 Gene, and yeah, it's damn good. That siad, ahving played with that one, and many other boards, I don't think any of those things, other than the switches, are real issues. They cannot cater to everyone with every product, but your concerns are definitely valid, if that's what you are after.

I'm just overly eager to play with another UEFI Gigabyte board! The X79 boards are pretty damn good!
 
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...1155 IB chips wil literally sip the power, with a 77W TDP... and 144W should be enough to OC thse chips, so only a single 4-pin is really needed, anyway.
Slightly off-topic, but out of interest, how did you come to 144W?
 

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77W x2? IB chips should be 77W TDP, as far as I know. That coudl have changed, of course, since the chips aren't out yet.


SB chips are 95W stock, don't need 190W, so that seemed like a safe number. Very few current Intel chips can even exceed double the TDP, unless under extreme cold.
 
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Ok, fair enough.

I feel like an arse for posting this, as it doesn't change anything, but, er...

77x2 isn't 144 :(
 

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I know. Like I said, very few chips might reach double TDP. Not a single chip i've seen can(but of course, such a chip may in fact exist), and I've gone through many many SB chips over the past 14 months or so. I don't think IB will even pull 150, so I said 144. I haven't seen a chip pull more than 150W on air(and be stable), and IB should pull less with it's smaller process.
 
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milk the friggin G1 cow a bit more GB, atleast make the board look a bit interesting -.-
 
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had high hopes for this board but GB have seriously let me down.

Sli/x-fire is ruled out, only 4 sata ports, no led debug, no power/reset switch and that vrm, they've just stuck a core3d chip on the z77 ud3 and cut it in half :shadedshu

asrock or asus then as i doubt msi will bring a high end matx board to the party
 
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No MOAB heatsink? No sale.
 
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Well, when you add emphasis like that...

Define "super-performance". In fairness though, in light of Cadaveca's comments, you're probably right. The proof will be in the pudding.
 
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looks cheap -_-, needs more heatsinks and more stuff
 
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Why not brown and yellow?

 
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You can easily have a 6 phase design that out-performs many other designs, you can have as much current as you want per phase, you just have to increase component quality.

By the looks of it, the change in the inductors, could hint towards more current capability per phase.

phase count is only important when all manufacturers use the same quality per phase, which has never been true.
 
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I'd of preferred they kept the killer NIC instead of the creative shit if they're going with a Core3D. Doesn't offload open al and adds unjustified costs. If someone gave me this for free I'd still get a real sound card for it.