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Dec
6
2013

GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer ATX Motherboard - Unboxing and Review

GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer ATX Motherboard - Unboxing and Review

Unveiled at Blizzcon 20134, the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87-Killer motherboard is packed with absolutely everything you'll need to for a high-performance gaming PC. Loaded with advanced audio technologies, dual networking, maxed out multi-card gaming support, advanced cooling and looks that could kill, GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards are the ultimate choice for serious PC gamers.

Specifications

Form Factor     ATX
CPU     Intel LGA1150
Chipset     Intel Z87
Memory     Dual Channel 4x
Expansion Slots
  • 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
  • 2x PCI 2.0
  • Multi-GPU
  • 2x NVIDIA SLI
  • 2x AMD CrossFireX
  • SATA
  • 6x SATA 6Gb/s
  • USB
  • 6x USB 3.0 ports (4 rear panel)
  • 7x USB 2.0 ports (3 rear panel
  • Audio     Creative® Sound Core 3D chip
    LAN     Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 chip

    Accessories

    Accessories
  • User's manuals
  • I/O Shield
  • 4x SATA 6 cables
  • 2x SLI Bridge
  • Top

    The motherboard supports Dual SLI and Crossfire configurations on its PCIe 3.0 slots.

    Back IO Ports

    USB     4x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, USB-DAC
    Audio     Optical, 5.1 surround, Coaxial
    SATA     2x eSATA 6.Gb/s
    Other     BIOS flashback, Ethernet, PS2

    Audio

    Creative Sound Core3D

    The GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer features a dedicated Sound Core3D™ audio processor from Creative, a multi-core sound and voice processor offering high-performance hardware audio processing, with cutting-edge audio technologies including the Sound Blaster software suite. Not to mention, all of the audio ports on the board are gold-plated.

    Upgradeable OP-AMP

    One of the truly unique features of the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer is that it features a swappable OP-AMP. This gives the user ultimate control of their audio and allows them to change it to their preference. There are also Gain Boost switches that allow you to select between 2.5x and 6x amplification. The capacitors used are also high-end Nichicon audio capacitors.

    Killer™ E2200 Series Gaming Networking

    For networking, the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 uses a Killer E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros. The Killer E2200 is a NIC that gives games and other media more preference over others to provide a more better experience. It uses Advanced Stream Detect technology that identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.

    Software

    The GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer features GIGABYTE's EasyTune technology to easiliy fine tune system settings. Even those who are new to tinkering can adjust memory clocks and voltages. Also included is Smart Fan 2 that offers improved CPU and system fan controls to monitor individual fan speeds. All of this is done within Windows and there is no need to enter the BIOS. Speaking of BIOS, @BIOS allows you to update the motherboards BIOS directly from Windows through any easy to use interface.

    Conclusion

    Overall, the GIGABYTE G1 Sniper Z87 Killer is perfect for gamers. Gigabyte has improved the areas that many gamers look after such as audio and network interfacing.

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