g1killer2 1 Gigabytes G1.Sniper2 features PCI Express Gen 3 support

One feature that so far has been a bit of a secret with regards to Gigabyte's just launched G1.Sniper2 motherboard is that it features PCI Express Gen 3 support, or rather, it has a set of digital switches that should support PCI Express 3.0 unless something is drastically changing by now and the introduction of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. We also scored some exclusive hands on pictures of the board, so click on through for those.

One feature that so far has been a bit of a secret with regards to Gigabyte's just launched G1.Sniper2 motherboard is that it features PCI Express Gen 3 support, or rather, it has a set of digital switches that should support PCI Express 3.0 unless something is drastically changing by now and the introduction of Intel's Ivy Bridge processors. We also scored some exclusive hands on pictures of the board, so click on through for those.

g1killer2 1 Gigabytes G1.Sniper2 features PCI Express Gen 3 support

The G1.Sniper2 is only the first of many motherboards to come from Gigabyte that will feature digital switches with PCI Express Gen 3 support. Over time the company will transition all of its dual x8 PCI Express slot motherboards to these switches. So in other words, expect new revisions of your favourite Gigabyte motherboards in the next few months.

g1killer2 2 Gigabytes G1.Sniper2 features PCI Express Gen 3 support

So what about the G1.Sniper2? Well, we've already reported about it and even posted a few pictures of the board and now we have a few hands on pictures as well as one of the packaging. The board comes in a fancy display box, as it rightly should as this is a premium product.

g1killer2 3 Gigabytes G1.Sniper2 features PCI Express Gen 3 support

Nothing has really changed since the board first made an appearance, but it's officially up on Gigabyte's website as of today. One feature we like is the bundled front panel that not only adds a pair of USB 3.0 ports to the front of your case, but also a powered eSATA port and the somewhat slightly less useful Quck Boost button that automagically overclocks the system. Another feature we weren't aware of and that has been long coming is the fact that all of the fan headers on the board are of the 4-pin type, or in other words, all the fan headers support PWM fans.

g1killer2 4 Gigabytes G1.Sniper2 features PCI Express Gen 3 support

As a side note with regards to PCI Express 3.0 support, in theory every 6-series chipset motherboard should support PCI Express 3.0 if the board in question only has a single slot connected straight to the CPU. That said, even boards with PCI Express 2.0 switches will allow the top slot to operate at Gen 3 speeds, although at reduced bandwidth. Then again, none of this is any good until Intel launches Ivy Bridge in March or April next year and that's when we'll find out how compatible things really are, as currently no-one can say if it'll all work as intended.

Source: Gigabyte