Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 Motherboard Review - HotHardware

Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 Motherboard Review

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We’ve looked at our share of Z68-based motherboards here at HotHardware, and the Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 is another stand-out to consider.

The G1.Sniper2 is in Gigabyte’s line of Sniper/Guerilla/Assassin gaming motherboards, although it’s currently the only one in the family with the Z68 chipset.

Gigabyte G1.Sniper2
Specifications & Features
CPU  -Supports 2nd Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors, LGA1155 package
-L3 cache varies with CPU 
Chipset Intel Z68 Express 
Memory -4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
-Dual channel memory architecture
-Support for DDR3 2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz memory modules
-Support for non-ECC memory modules
-Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules  
Onboard Graphics -1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200 
Audio -1 x Creative CA20K2 chip
-Support for Dolby® Digital Live and DTS™ Connect
-Support for X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity® and EAX® Advanced HD™ 5.0 technologies
-High Definition Audio
-Support for S/PDIF Out 
LAN -1 x Bigfoot Killer E2100 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) 
Expansion Slots -1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
-1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x8 (PCIEX8)
-2 x PCI Express x1 slots
-2 x PCI slots 
Multi-Graphics  -Support for AMD CrossFireX™/NVIDIA SLI technology 
Storage Marvell 88SE9172 chip:
-2 x SATA 6Gb/s connector (GSATA3_6, GSATA3_7) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
-Support for RAID 0 and RAID 1
Chipset ICH:
-2 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3_0, SATA3_1) supporting up to 2 SATA 6Gb/s devices
-3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectors (SATA2_2~SATA2_4) supporting up to 3 SATA 3Gb/s devices
-1 x eSATA 3Gb/s connector (eSATA/USB Combo connector) on the back panel supporting up to 1 SATA 3Gb/s device
-Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
USB 2 x Etron EJ168 chips:
Up to 4 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (2 on the back panel, 2 available through the internal USB header)
Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (8 ports on the back panel, including 1 eSATA/USB Combo connector, 6 ports available through the internal USB headers)
Interior I/O iTE IT8728 chip 
Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm 

This ATX board supports the gamut of Intel socket LGA1155 chips, from the mighty Core i7 on down to Celeron processors, as well as up to 32GB of DDR3-2133 memory over four DIMM slots. On the graphics side, the G1.Sniper2 offers Intel’s integrated graphics of course (which powers an HDMI port with a maximum resolution of 1900x1200) as well as two PCI-E x16 slots (one x16 and one x8), two PCI-E x1 slots, and two PCI slots, with support for two-way SLI/CrossFireX.

For storage, the chipset powers a pair of SATA 6Gbps connectors, three SATA 3Gbps connectors, and one 3Gbps eSATA/USB combo connector (on the back panel), while a Marvell 88SE9172 chip delivers another couple of SATA 6Gbps connectors. The former supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10, while the latter supports RAID 0 and 1.


The G1.Sniper2 comes with a driver/utilities/software disc and a trio of manuals--one for the motherboard in English, a multilingual installation guidebook, and an Intel SRT installation guide. Predictably, it also has a rear I/O panel, a two-way SLI bridge, and a smattering of SATA cables.

Like some of its predecessors, this motherboard has a 5.24-inch front panel that you can install. The panel sports a pair of USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA/USB port, and a Quick Boost overclocking button.

And for those who love to trick out their cases, bedrooms, basements, or what have you, Gigabyte included a colorful poster (one side is scary-looking men, and the other is a human-shaped target) as well as a cornucopia of death-y, bullet-y stickers.

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Good to see this review! Good to keep informed!Yes

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I owned a gigabyte board for along time same one with a core 2 processor, and old 8600 gts card from evga and man have they lasted burned trough two power supplies and one monitor but the board survived all this years, great hardware, long lasting and awsome boards im thinking about getting this board like the colors too :) .

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Gigabyte with those  Military style using weapons as heatsinks etc, created a whole new world with its design. Being creative and innovative.

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This has been on my wish list for quite some time.  I think if I start saving now, I can get it in 2014.  Smile

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I can't understand , why this motherboard is high price. This Motherboard is so shortage as small. I use my PC. I face to problem on VGA port in my PC. Computer On, Monitor Ok. but No display. So my mind very bad.

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