Conclusion: At the end of the day when parting with your money you want the most bang-for your buck and hopefully what you can afford will end up suiting your needs. If you are looking for a motherboard just brimming with the latest features and devices you have to pay a premium price tag for that and the new Gigabyte G1 Sniper M3 is priced at an almost entry level price tag, but with features slightly above that range of product.
Excerpt: Over the last few months, we have looked at plenty of Z77 based motherboards here at HH, covering a wide range of price points. But today we dive deep into one of the higher-end models available, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper3. We slapped an Ivy Bridge chip in this one instead of the Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K and 2700K's we've tested in the boards thus far, to see how well Intel's newest chips and the Z77 work together.
Pros: Great overclocking headroom, Excellent stability, Graphics expandability, Good looks
Cons: Not substantially better than other Z77 options, Power hungry
Excerpt: GIGABYTE now has a second entry into the G1.Killer series for the Z77 lineup. Needless to say, when we look at a gaming board, we expect the appearance to scare the competition away, and the power to back it up. Does the G1.Sniper 3 deliver? Let’s take a look.
Pros: 4/3/2-Way SLI support, Creative Audio solution, MUSE caps on audio solution, Killer NIC, Intel NIC, Well placed onboard controls, mSATA port, Plenty of SATA ports, Wi-Fi/BT4.0 card Included, Dual switchable BIOS chips
Cons: Stuttery GUI needs polishing, Wi-Fi card cannot be installed with 4 GPUs, Overclocking requires some skill to get to higher clocks
Summary: This mainboard boasts very numerous advantages: high-quality packaging, remarkably rich accessories bundle, smart components layout. The functionality of the Intel Z77 Express chipset used in this board has been significantly expanded. However, if you decide on this particular mainboard for your next gaming rig, there are a few peculiarities that you should keep in mind.
Summary: There's not really much we can say about the Gigabyte G1.Sniper2. As a gaming motherboard, there's absolutely nothing missing feature-wise, and the gaming performance has yet to be matched by any other product. The inclusion of the onboard Killer NIC and X-Fi means that worrying about airflow because every expansion slot is full is just never going to happen.
Pros: Full of gamer-friendly features, without any compromise, Full onboard Creative X-Fi and Killer NIC hardware, Best board for gaming we've tested so far, hands down, Exceptionally low power consumption, Lucid Virtu support, Fantastic accessory package; nothing missed in functionality no matter your case choice, PCIe Gen 3.0 support, 3-Year warranty
Cons: BIOS is still not a full UEFI solution, Overclocking features can be difficult to manage based on chosen components, Onboard audio and network solutions limit bus clocking., Changing memory divider forces a x38 multiplier on the CPU., Cost seemingly high in comparison to the majority of other Z68 products.
Excerpt: It doesn't seem five minutes ago that we were first taken in by the looks of the Gigabyte Sniper. The gun and magazine shaped heatsinks really caught our eye, as Gigabyte went the full hog down the military theme.
G1.SNIPER 3: L’ammiraglia GIGABYTE per Hardcore Gamers
5 July 2013
Excerpt: Oggi vi presentiamo il modello di punta per socket 1155 della serie G1-Killer GIGABYTE, orientata al settore degli Hardcore Gamers ma con soluzioni di progettazione avanzate che le consentono, almeno sulla carta, di regalare numerose soddisfazioni anche agli overclockers. Riprogettata completamente da zero al fine di integrare il nuovo chipset Z77 a supporto dei processori Ivy Bridge, la G1 Sniper 3 è stata equipaggiata conben 12 fasi di alimentazione , gestite grazie...
Summary: Von Gigabyte haben wir heute das Topmodell G1.Sniper 3 aus dem Gaming Bereich in der Redaktion. Das Mainboard möchte neben der Ausstattung und dem Lieferumfang vor allem mit auffälligem Design und zusätzlichen Gaming-Funktionen die geneigten Besitzer einer Sandy-Bridge oder Ivy-Bridge CPU auf seine Seite ziehen.
Pros: + Ausstattung, + CrossfireX und SLI, + Lieferumfang
Excerpt: Mit dem G1.Sniper 3 hat Gigabyte bereits die dritte Platine seiner Gaming-Serie im Angebot und bereits auf den ersten Blick sieht man, dass diese erwachsener wurde. Beispielsweise findet man keine Kühler mehr im Waffendesign. Ferner gibt es einen äusserst umfangreichen Lieferumfang sowie zahlreiche Features.