G1.Sniper 3 Review - Introduction, Box, Accessories, and Board

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Introduction, Box, Accessories, and Board

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 I will also do some testing with the PLX Technology PLX8747, and test it against native Z77, native Z68, the G1.Sniper M3, and finally the Z68X-UD7 which has an NF200. So PLX8747 versus NF200, that comparison will be done here with 2-way SLI. Also to top it off, I will take the Sniper 3 for some LN2 runs and report back, as well as share some OC profiles at the end for any owners and potential owners to use.

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 So let’s start with a brief history of the G1 Sniper 3 series, following the Table of Contents:

  • -Introduction and G1.Killer History Lesson
  • -Box, Accessories, and Board
  • -Layout and Design
  • -Circuit Analysis
  • -BIOS Walkthrough/Gallery
  • -GIGABYTE OC UEFI Profile Sharing
  • -Air Overclocking(LLC Testing Included)
  • -Liquid Nitrogen Testing Results
  • -Test Setup and Benchmarks
  • -PLX8747 vs. NF200 vs. Native Z77 and Z68
  • -Creative Core3D (CA0132) Audio Testing
  • -USB 3.0 Tests
  • -Included Software Package
  • -Conclusion


Here is a brief history of the G1.Killer series, if you are interested in buying this board, perhaps you want to know what the original and second generation G1.Killer boards offered and resembled.

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 Box, Accessories, and Board:

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 The box has a very cool green militaristic tint to it, much different than the white GIGABYTE boxes we have been seeing lately. If you have been a G1 series fan then you will probably notice that there are a bunch of new features on the front and back of the board.

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 The accessories package is extremely large, we have stickers, two DVDs (one for the drivers for the motherboard, the other for the WIFI/BT card); we have the WIFI+BT card and its USB cable, as well as two antennas, one for WIFI and the other for Bluetooth. You might also notice that with X79 we saw these same WIFI/BT cards, but they had blue PCBs, now they have black PCBs.

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

G1.Sniper 3 Review

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 The backpanel I/O as well as 6 black SATA6GB/s cables, a USB 3.0 front panel bay, 4-way SLI bridge, 3-way SLI bridge, 2-way SLI bridge, and an internal SATA to backpanel eSATA to SATA conversion kit. The conversion kit provides the ability for the user to make eSATA backpanel ports out of internal SATA ports it also provides the ability to move a MOLEX connector externally and provides eSATA to SATA cables, so you can make your internal SATA drive and external SATA drive.


Total Accessories Package:

  • Driver DVD
  • BT/WiFi DVD
  • Manual + Quick Start Manual + Wifi/BT Manual
  • 2 Pages of G1.Killer Stickers
  • G1.Killer Poster
  • WiFi/BT Card
  • USB Dongle for BT
  • 2 x Antennas
  • SATA to eSATA to SATA Kit
  • I/O Panel
  • 6 x SATA6GB/s Cables (Black)
  • USB 3.0 Front Panel Bay
  • 4-Way SLI, 3-Way SLI, and 2-Way SLI Bridges


Sin’s Take: This eSATA conversion kit is very cool, but considering the board has no eSATA, I think its inclusion is well justified. I think it’s really cool that GIGABYTE includes the stickers and poster, I am sure stuff like that can cost more than a cable or two, especially because they are custom made, but I have heard that a lot of guys enjoy having the stickers as there are a variety of different designs. I used some of them, but not on a case, rather my LN2 thermos needed some decorating (G1 Style).

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 This is the majestic black and green G1.Sniper 3. The next step should be making the ports UV reactive. The heatsink style is very conservative and not as stylish as the Z68 GIGABYTE (non-G1) boards, but when the Sniper 3 is installed in a case you won’t really notice the difference. The lack of heatsinks molded out of gun parts is welcomed by many (I could have gone either way honestly). The gold skull and knife on the PCH heatsink brings together the motherboard. If you see the same board without the little emblem it would look a bit plain, but with it, it looks much more finished. It is connected to the heatsink with a very strong adhesive, so you can pry it off with a crowbar if you don’t like it (and void your 3-year warranty).


The G1.Sniper 3 has 5 fan ports, all 4-Pin, and they are controlled in sets of two with SMART, so the CPU and the system fan connector located right on the other side of the socket can be controlled together.

Sin’s Take: In my opinion the 3 on the top half of the board are located very well, but instead of having the two at the bottom right next to each other, I think it would have been better if one was moved north, on the left side of the PLX bridge heatsink right above the first PCI-E 16x slot. I also want back individual fan port control, but this grouped control supposedly is much easier for the end-user to use, I guess I am just too advanced.

 

G1.Sniper 3 Review

 Here is the I/O panel, everything you need is here, however some people don’t like the fact that there are so many video outputs. The reason for all the video outputs is for Lucid MVP which is done best with the output being the motherboard instead of the GPU, as MVP’s main benefit is allowing the iGPU to do the output buffering. I personally do not use anything other than USB for my connectivity, but some people use 1394A and eSATA, for that GIGABYTE has provided two internal headers for 1394A as well as an eSATA conversion kit to provide eSATA ports, as there are a lot of internal SATA headers.


Sin’s Take: I also think that GIGABYTE possibly could use less outputs for the video, and instead provide two or three adapters, but then again the Z77 iGPU can support up to 3 monitors which some people will take advantage of.

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