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GIGABYTE G1.SNIPER2 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z68
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 (LGA1155)
  • DDR3 2133 / 1866 / 1600 / 1333 / 1066

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Featuring several state-of-the-art onboard solutions from industry leaders including Creative and Bigfoot Networks, as well as several unique GIGABYTE features, the G1.Sniper 2 motherboard is unlike any current gaming motherboard on the market. With the ultimate in multi-GPU support, dedicated on-board audio and advanced networking, GIGABYTE has brought out some incredibly big guns to the party, so lock & load soldiers, and get ready to unleash some mass gaming destruction.

  • newegg Super Sight - 2-way CrossFireX and 2-way SLI, plus PCI-E Gen. 3 Support The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 includes two PCI Express slots for 2-way either AMD CrossFire X or NVIDIA SLI to help extreme gamers see the enemy through the fog. With multiple GPU and Gen.3 PCI Express support, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard delivers maximum FPS (frames per second), allowing gamers to see more clearly, aim faster, and move more quickly.
  • newegg Super Hearing - Onboard Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) GIGABYTE has rigged the G1.Sniper 2 with Creative's top-of-the-line Sound Blaster Digital Audio Processor (20K2) onboard with X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity and EAX Advanced HD 5.0 technologies, allowing you to experience sound in your gaming world exactly as you would in real life. Other hearing features include Dolby Digital Live, DTS Connect, built-in front audio headphone amplifier, and Nichicon high-end MUSE ES series and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors at each channel layout. All these innovations deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.
  • newegg Super Speed - Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 GIGABYTE seriously addresses online gaming network lag issues by implementing the Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 Game Networking Platform directly onboard the G1.Sniper 2. Utilizing a unique combination of dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) with 1Gb of dedicated DDR2 memory and exclusive Game Networking DNA technology, the Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 Game Networking Platform was designed to give the best online gaming experience possible.
  • newegg Super Shield - Locked and Loaded Heatpipe and 5 Smart Fan Connectors The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 features the distinctive heatpipe design that it is as deadly to heat as it looks. By effectively spreading the heat from the critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU VRM zone and quickly dissipating it, the G1.Sniper 2 remains cool, even when the battle heats up. Modeled after common firearms issued to soldiers deployed to a warzone, including pistol, rifle and ammo magazine, the Locked and Loaded heatpipe design utilizes a unique fluting technology similar to a rifle barrel fluting, which allows for maximum heat dispersion. Further helping to eliminate heat are the 5 strategically placed Smart Fan pin headers which allow for more precise control of system and CPU fans. Equipped with their own individual thermal sensors, the Smart Fans can be easily controlled via GIGABYTE's EasyTune 6 utility as well as in the BIOS.
  • newegg Maximum CPU Power Delivery With 8 phase power design, Dual CPU Power and Driver MOSFETs, GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 promises to deliver first class system performance and power stability required for elite gaming systems.
  • newegg SATA 3.0 (6Gbps) and USB 3.0 When you're behind enemy lines, intelligence data latency can get you killed. That is why GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard provides ultra fast data transfer performance with onboard integration of the latest SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for up to 4 ports (2 front panel, 2 back panel), SATA Revision 3.0 (6Gbps) technologies, and an unprecedented 3x USB power boost on all USB ports for the most power hungry USB devices. The G1.Sniper 2 motherboard also features a convenient Front Access Control Panel that allows quick and easy access to 2 USB 3.0 ports and Power eSATA, plus a Quick Boost button that allows gamers to instantaneously overclock their system with a single press of a button.

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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  • vickie m.
  • 7/19/2012 11:35:47 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsSniper 2

Pros: Looks impressive but fails to deliver

Cons: Network card that is embedded does not play nice with World of Warcraft, I-tunes or Battlefield3. Those 3 programs refuse to even load while the Bigfoot Network Manager is installed. The driver when updated refuses to reload leaving your computer without a useable network card.

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  • Christian M.
  • 4/15/2012 2:40:02 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsQuality, Style, & Killer Performance

Pros: This board has all the bells and whistles plus some! I mean where do I start? Really!!! The overall look of this board in the theme of a gun with its Nvidia neon green color scheme just makes this board a winner visually. As for quality components like the Killer Bigfoot net card, creative audio card and high end capacitors that are all built in bonuses, make this board in my book a hard one to beat! The fact that it will be supporting the next generation 3 Ivy Bridge 22nm chip along with the pci-e 3.0 says enough! Ive owned this board for 6 months or so now and never had a problem with it and Gigabytes tech support is the best!

Cons: It is a shame that this board is deactivated and no longer available on newegg! The board is a wee expensive! My only gripe and this is nit-picking is there is only one usb 3.0 header and no firewire ports on the board. Other than that its not to big of a deal for me because I use a pci-e firewire card anyways to do my music recording and video editing.

Other Thoughts: I wish I would have written a review sooner so more people could have taken my word for this board being amazing! Thanks Gigabyte for creating another monster board for the enthusiast and consumers that want quality!

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/16/2011 3:52:07 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgaming rig platform

Pros: Choosing a mobo for the sole purpose of gaming... has been simplified. I've had this since early October, a rig for BF3 and this mobo delivers. My other consideration were ASUS ROG series as well as other Gigabyte mobos and the eVGA z68 mobos. My last rig was built with a Gigabyte and it's still working with my c2d. Reasons why i chose this mobo, since I knew I was going SLI i would lose certain slots for the GTX570 this worked out. The sound is pretty good, better then my dedicated creative sound blaster on my old rig. Idk about the bigfoot lan thing, since my internet sucks, but no problems. bios... is still old school but the beta newer version is out apparently(?) but i have no problems with bios since i didn't plan to OC.

for me, this rig is, put it together and don't have to worry about it, kinda build. (besides the occasional cleaning, heat is bad)

the software is ok nothing fancy, but gets the job done

Cons: Though some might say the price... which isn't cheap, it's well worth it. The sound card makes up for it, plus you get this front panel thing with an OC button. oh i guess this isn't a con. Ummm con

it sometimes gets glitchy, certain times my OC settings (the factory OC options) wouldn't be stable and it would reload everything. Sometimes during reboots it would just hang on the post screen. oh if you get a lock up and go reboot, and you are doing the intel ssd caching thing, rapid tech or whatever, you have to let it rebuild the cache, then YOU have to restart it again. it just sits there after it's done. I see no difference with fast boot and normal.

i had a nightmare with the intel rapid storage feature, it wouldn't recongize my SSD, idk how many times i had to install win 7 and change hard drive slots. but i got it to work in the end. it isn't as simple as they make it seem. or i just got unlucky >.<

oh important, READ the manual. and check forums. it works out.

Other Thoughts: everyone has their own exp with diff companies, i've had a pretty good run with gigabyte and my buddy got this same mobo and it's been good for him too. Though our rigs vary, so do the errors, generally though it's stable. i haven't had any standby issues, it takes a few secs to wake up though.

if you're wanting to OC, i don't think this is the best mobo for it, just my opinion on it, but if you want something that is solid, for gaming, don't want to buy seperate cards for everything, then this is a good choice. if you go SLI you don't really see much of the weird mobo style. but hey, my build is bf3 themed and this suits it well. i got a bit confused with the instructions with the SATA controllers and trying to get my hard drives to reconize to install windows but that worked out in the end.

i5 2500k, 4x4gb corsair vengeance, corsair 1200 modular psu, corsair 800D case, corsair h100 cooler, crucial m4 64gb ssd, WD black 1tb, 2tb, and Green 1tb, evga GTX570 SC SLI, win7 64 ultim

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  • Hal J.
  • 12/15/2011 7:43:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSNIPER2 - Awesome

Pros: Best mobo I have ever owned. Nichicon caps for audio section. Fantastic BIOS. Bigfoot LAN. GROOVY looking. Best Gaming 1155 board available.

Cons: LIMITED EDITION and discontinued. Biggest mistake GIGABYTE has ever made, bar none. Not the best overclocker. Was pretty darn expensive.

Other Thoughts: I would take $500 for it. That's saying something.

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  • Steve B.
  • 11/1/2011 6:13:14 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest MB I have ever built with

Pros: This board is simply amazing. I have always used the other major competitor. But I am sick of the anemic sound chips all these board manufacturers use. Opening the box and pulling this thing out and inspecting it you can tell some actual thought and pride went into making this board.

The SSD cache thing actually works (new feature of the z68 chipset). I am running it rock solid with a i7-2600k on air with a CM V8 HSF at 4.2 ghz for over a week now. My temps are staying around 26-30...

Performance, layout and looks are perfect in my opinion. You can actually use SLI and other slots at the same time. But with an awesome sound card built in not sure what i will plug in, dedicated raid card perhaps..

Cons: E2100 chip... Well, not sure it is really helping me with my pings. I seem to be averaging the same as i was using my wireless on my AW laptop. But this board has the same cost as its closest competitor so it can't hurt. At some point the e210 might give a slight edge over a basic intel lag port.

Other Thoughts: I have only used one gigabyte product in the past. it was a x38 mb from 5-6 years ago. Was not to happy with it (probably more a Vista thing).

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  • Raul G.
  • 10/27/2011 12:57:11 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: Looks great. TOO many feature to list. Great build quality. Great for OC!!!!. A Gamers MOBO ++

Cons: NONE

Other Thoughts: I got this Mobo for my Stormtrooper gamming PC and fits in perfectly. Pretty lights and Black PCB makes it a no brainer to get

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  • Deborah T.
  • 10/23/2011 8:28:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWARNING!!

Pros: Awsome motherboard!! Used for my first build and everything went great but...

Cons: None except for an issue with inclosed Driver/Utility disk.
It has problem program called UPDATE MANAGER. Do not download it!!! If you use disk dont do express install option or just delete UPDATE MANAGER after.

Other Thoughts: After I had about half my programs downloaded I noticed the "Black Screen of Death" while booting. It would happen right after blue welcome screen for about 30 seconds then Id have the desktop.
Spent hours looking for problem and finally fixed it after uninstalling UPDATE MANAGER program that came with disk. Could have been alot worse if I had to reinstall etc. Hope I can save some others alot of time with this post and enjoy cuz the motherboard is awsome:)

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  • Edna W.
  • 10/15/2011 10:19:45 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic board for the right needs

Pros: Of course it has great build quality and loaded with features. Looks are subjective, but it does target the game crowd and does a good job at it. Nice to see a PS2 keyboard port for better N-Key rollover support in games. Dont understand why anybody would complain about that since its a useful feature for gamers, but just look at some of the reviews here and you will see it plain as day.

Cons: Price is IMHO $50-60 higher than it should be. It should include 6-8 SATA cables instead of just 4 in this price range. Lack of an onboard power and reset button in this price range is just annoying. Really, the issues that the Sniper 2 are price related.

Other Thoughts: If you have a large case that does not offer direct airflow over the mobo, then this board is great. It lacks an NF200 chip (which gives off a ton of heat but enables the PCI bus to use x16- x16 lanes in SLI vs the x8 x8 that the sniper has), but it reduces heat in a major way. Since the board is PCI 3.0 compliant, x8 x8 SLI on things like keppler cards in a few months will still have more than double the total bandwith and they do in PCI 2.0, so thats really not a bad issue. I use a montainmods case and I run multiple loops. I decided on this z68 board because it allows better airflow to the back of the GPU's since the SB audio and Killer NIC are intergrated. Also, since it runs cooler than most other z68 boards (due to lack of NF200 chip) I'm able to run higher clock speeds while keeping the fans turned down. Mainly due to the fact that the gun themed heatsinks handle the load from the fets and the chipset and dont have to deal with the extra heat output from the NF200.

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  • Michael B.
  • 10/13/2011 6:13:34 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent Mobo - High Price - Nice Audio

Pros: Good Mix of PCI-Express and PCI slots
Sound Blaster Audio which really does sound great

Cons: Cost, PCI-Express slots are x8 x8 when Sli'd. Killer nic expensive add-on that does nothing, No UEFI Bios,

Other Thoughts: Board had the correct PCI-express and PCI configuration to fit the cards i needed it to fit. I have 2x evga 570 video cards, a x1 pci-e addin card and 1 pci tv tuner. This is one of the few high end boards that would allow me to use all 4 cards at same time.

I'm not upset with my purchase i just don't think its worth the $350.00 i payed for it. Didn't have to many options and i really did want the on-board SB audio...

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  • christophe y.
  • 10/4/2011 8:50:23 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsawesome

Pros: sweet motherboard no problems installing it

Cons: the space between the bottom graphics card slot and the audio plugs and all that stuff down there is small card bumps up on the wires, just needed the space to be another 1-2 mm wider but causes no problems just worries me a bit with the card sitting right on top of them

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