At a first glance we noticed two things
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2: the southbridge cooler as well as the power design
cooler don't have any weapon like design anymore. Finally we would say. The
second thing concerns the colour scheme of their Killer series. It come on a
black PCB with
the grenn expansion slots. The layout itself has been well thought and there
is for example plenty of space around the CPU socket to install even todays
largest CPU coolers. Also there is one slot space between each green PCIe
16x to make 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX possible. Furthermore you'll find a PLX PEX 8747 bridge
switch chip that basically takes sixteen lanes from the CPU and is able to split
them into x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8. Meanwhile the
last PCI 16x slot is close to the connectors at the bottom of the motherboard
which will make them inaccessible, if you choose to put a dual slot GPU in
there. We also noticed that there is three centimeters of space between the CPU socket and the
first memory, which is a bit more than other boards.
Gigabyte equipped the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 with a
15 (6x2 + 2 + 1) phase
power design for the processor. In fact there are six times two phases for
vcore, two phases for IGP (Integrated Graphic Processor) and finally one
phase for IMC (Integrated Memory Controller)/VTT. As for the other
components, the memory benefits power from two phases, the PCH - also known as
southbridge - is powered by one single phase. Futhermore there is the additional
PLX chip which gets another phase and the last phase in charge of the power
deliviery to the I/O components.
Totally you'll find four DIMM-slots on the
Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3. Officially supported are the following clock speeds: 2666
(OC) / 1600 / 1333 /
1066 MHz. There is also enough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which
means that you won't encounter compatibility issues with tower coolers even when you choose to install RAM with big heatspreaders.
Meanwhile with a double tower cooler you may find some incompatibility issues
with high end memory that ships with huge heatspreaders.
This time Gigabyte didn't equip their gamer board with
coolers shaped like weapons. On this board you
will find the same coolers like on the Gigabyte Z77 motherboards, but of course
in a different colour. As you can see in the pictures
bellow, the heatpipe cooling loop has got one more cooler than the other boards.
There is the PLX chip with its eight watts dissipation power that has been
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