Preview: Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3

Published by Christian Ney on 17.04.12
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Specifications / Delivery

CPU Intel Socket 1155
Chipset Intel Z77
Memory 4 x DIMM max 32 GB, DDR3 2666 (OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz
Dual Channel
Multi-GPU NVIDIA 4-Way (8x, 8x, 8x, 8x), 3-Way (16x, 8x, 8x), 2-Way (16x, 16x) SLI
AMD 4-Way (8x, 8x, 8x, 8x), 3-Way (16x, 8x, 8x), 2-Way (16x, 16x) CorssFireX
Slots 2 x PCI-Express 3.0/2.0 x16 @ x16
2 x PCI-Express 3.0/2.0 x16 @ x8
2 x PCI-Express 2.0 x1
1 x PCI
Audio Creative CA00132 Chip (Creative Recon3D)
Storage 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Chipset, RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1)
4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Chipset, RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD)
1 x mSATA2 3.0 Gb/s (The fifth SATA2 connector will become unavailable when a mSATA device is installed)
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (2x Marvell 88SE9172, RAID 0, 1)
LAN 1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 LAN chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
1 x Intel GbE LAN phy (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
I/O internal
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x PCIe power connector
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 4 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x mSATA connector
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 4 x system fan headers
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headers
  • 2 x IEEE 1394a headers
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper
  • 1 x power button
  • 1 x Clear CMOS button
  • 1 x reset button
  • Voltage measurement points
  • 1 x BIOS switch
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) header
  • I/O Back Panel
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse port
  • 6 x USB 3.0/2.0 ports
  • 1 x D-Sub port
  • 1 x DVI-D port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 2 x RJ-45 ports
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 5 x audio jacks (Center/Subwoofer Speaker Out, Rear Speaker Out, Line In/Mic In, Line Out, Headphone)
  • Bundle  
    Formfactor E-ATX (30.5cm x 26.4 cm)
    Warranty 5 years
    On Manufacturer's Website Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 
    BIOS 2 x Bios (64 Mbit flash ROM, EFI AMI BIOS)

    Uboxing the G1.Sniper 3 shows an awful lot of accessories. Next to a complete set of SATA (6x SATA and 2x eSATA) cables one will find a quad SLI bridge, a triple SLI bridge, a CrossFire bridge, an SLI bridge as well as a 3.5 inch front mount panel with two USB 3.0 ports and a Molex out and two eSATA ports with appropriate cables that belongs to this set. Furhtermore there are the different manuals, the wireless LAN and bluetooth expansion card as well as software and drivers on DVD.


    3D Power Meanwhile Gigabyte also makes use of digital power designs on their motherboards. What it does is that it controls the flow of power to both CPU and memory. Gigabyte in this case promises maximum stability.
    3D BIOS With their X79 motherboards Gigabyte introduced their interpretation of a UEFI-BIOS. With the Z77 boards you get the same 3D BIOS. Using a new Gigabyte board you can choose from a 3D Mode or the Advanced Mode. In 3D Mode one can see a picture of the board in BIOS. If you hover over the different areas you can select them and afterwards change the related settings. On the other hand there is the more standard advanced mode which come with a well-known tab based user interface.
    PCI Epxress 3.0 The G1.Sniper 3 already has PCI-Express 3.0 Support onboard. Therefore this board is ready for upcoming GPU generations that need even more bandwidth.
    Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi The motherboard also includes an exclusive PCIe expansion card that offers support for the latest Bluetooth 4.0 and IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity. The Bluetooth 4.0 standard includes Smart Ready technology that is debuting on mobile devices including the Apple iPhone 4s. This means that transferring important content from your smart phone or tablet is easier and faster than ever.

    Page 1 - Introduction Page 4 - Connectors and I/O
    Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 5 - Conclusion
    Page 3 - Layout  

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