GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Z68 Gaming Motherboard Review
What we have seen from GIGABYTE is a move to fully differentiate their G1 series boards from the box to the acessories. You end up finding a uniqueness that isn't present on other GIGABYTE boards, but would be found with lets say a ASUS ROG board.
It was a bit hard to capture the true colors of the box, but in a nutshell it's made to look like an ammo box. There is also a handle to carry your $360 USD motherboard out of the store with, and plenty of informative labeling on the front. What immediately caught our eye is the PCI-E 3.0 insignia and the Ivy Bridge CPU support. This is the first GIGABYTE board to sport full PCI-E 3.0 capability.
Everything one needs is included, from 4 SATA 6GB/s cables to the fancy front panel that support USB 3.0 and an OC button.
- G1 Killer I/O Shield
- 4 x Black SATA 6GB/s Cables (2 have angled heads on one end)
- Black SLI cable
- Driver DVD
- Manual and Smart Responce Setup Manual
- USB 3.0 Front Panel Bay w/OC button and eSATA/USB 2.0
As if that wasn't enough we also find a full set of case stickers and a G1 Killer poster. These accessories were also included with the X58 G1 series.
Finally we have our board, full size ATX with 5 individually controllable SMART Fan PWM 4-Pin fan headers. We also find some pretty unique heatsinks, made to look like gun parts they are a bit on the extreme side. Interestingly we find that there is what seems to be a Northbridge heatsink; we will see what that cools (if anything at all) when we take off the heatsinks. The board sports triple slot spacing for two 16x slots, and we can even see that there is a top PCI-E 1x slot which isn't blocked by the heatsinks.
- PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse
- 7 x USB 2.0 Ports
- 2 x USB 3.0 Ports
- eSATA 3GB/s + USB 2.0 port
- HDMI Out
- OC Button w/ Cover
- RJ-45 1GBit
- TOSLINK 7.1 Audio w/ S/PDIF Optical
The I/O panel is pretty busy, which can be a good thing. If you are confused as to what each port actually is, the I/O shield provided is labeled.