Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155 19

Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 PCI-Express 3.0 LGA1155 Review

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The huge brown "digital camo" box that wraps around the Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 means business; the motherboard's name stands out across the middle, with what appears to be a blood stain wiped across the middle. Gigabyte's G1.Killer logo sits on the bottom right of the box, with several other included technology logos just to the left. The back of the box continues the theme, with a picture of the board itself in the middle, and several brief descriptions of the included features surrounding the board image. Removing the outer wrap, we find a different color of "digital camo" printed all over the box; front, back, and sides included.

Flipping up the top we find the board first, staring back up at us through a clear plastic window. The board is inside a separate box that is easily removed thanks to clever package design that features a small tab to pull it out. Opening the board's container, we see the full board after removing a cardboard brace that ensures the board arrives fully intact at its final destination. With the board out of its box, we can see two pieces of pink foam installed in the box as an additional layer of protection, that coupled with all the other packaging really gives the feel that this is a high quality product, deserving nothing but the best packaging.

Of course, with the board in its own inner box, the accesories are found in another box, below the motherboard's container. With both boxes removed, we found the digital camo-printed box itself empty, but we can see that the digital camo printing continued on the inside too, showing that truly no expense was spared with the G1.Sniper2's protective armor. Opening the accessories box, we find a bunch of paper on top, and once removed, we find a huge bundle of board goodies, including a bubble-wrapped 5.25-inch bay device.


We mentioned we found some papers on top of the accessories box, which just happens to be the poster in the pictures above. The high-quality glossy poster is printed on both sides, but we were a bit disappointed to find that the poster is for the X58 series of G1.Killer products, and not the current board we are looking at. There were also two sheets of stickers to adorn our case with, featuring bullets, bullet holes and such that fits the board's theme.

There's a ton of stuff in the box here, including a 5.25-inch bay device that supports dual USB 3.0 plugs, an eSATA/USB 2.0 combo header, and a button labelled "Quick Boost", a feature we'll look at in a moment. A full listing of everything we found in the box is below:
  • 1x I/O Shield
  • 1x User Manual
  • 1x Software Guide
  • 1x Quick Install Guide
  • 1x Driver DVD
  • 4x SATA cables with locking pins
  • 1x Gigabyte Case Badge
  • 1x Black SLI Bridge
  • 1x Front Panel 5.25-inch Bay Device
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