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GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper M5 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z87
  • 4th-Gen Intel Core i7 / i5/ i3 (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000(OC)/2933(OC)

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Aimed at professional gamers, the GIGABYTE GA-G1.Sniper mobo is packed with everything needed for building an uncompromising, high-performance gaming rig. It's based on the latest Intel Z87 chipset, and features a set of new and improved features to take full advantage the Intel 4th Gen Core processor in an LGA 1150 package. For the first time in the industry, this mobo allows you to change the onboard operational amplifier to customize and optimize your listening experience. With loaded 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.



GIGABYTE Exclusive Ultra Durable Technologies - Durable Black Solid Caps GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards integrate the absolute best quality solid state capacitors that are rated to perform at maximum efficiency for extended periods, even in extreme performance configurations. This provides peace of mind for end users who want to push their system hard, yet demand absolute reliability and stability. With ultra-low ESR – no matter how high the CPU loading – these capacitors come in customized jet black exclusively on GIGABYTE 8 series motherboards. ("Rated for an unprecedented 10,000 hours of intensive operation at an incredible 105°C" – Nippon Chemi-Con)

Gold-Plated CPU Socket
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards come equipped with a gold-plated CPU socket. Enthusiasts can enjoy absolute reliability and longevity for the CPU socket over time, without having any concerns about corroded pins and bad contacts.






2x Copper PCB
GIGABYTE's exclusive 2X Copper PCBs design provides sufficient power trace paths between components. It handles greater-than-normal power loads and removes heat from the critical CPU power delivery area. This is essential to ensure the motherboard is able to handle the increased power loading that is necessary when overclocking.

GIGABYTE OPT Fan Support
GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards feature OPT fan support: an additional CPU fan pin header can be used to connect a water pump, and is configured for continuous full-speed operation. The OPT Fan is also useful for high-performance coolers employing two fans.







Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200
GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards feature the Killer E2200 from Qualcomm Atheros, a high-performance, adaptive gigabit Ethernet controller that offers better online gaming and media performance compared to standard solutions. The Killer™ E2200 features Advanced Stream Detect technology, which identifies and prioritizes all network traffic to ensure important applications that require high-speed connectivity are prioritized over less important traffic.










Gamers can also use the Killer Network Manager, which allows custom prioritization for all network applications.You can increase or decrease the bandwidth each application uses, or block an application entirely, all in a unique graphical interface.


GIGABYTE On/Off Charge 2
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge technology is revised and upgraded on all GIGABYTE 8 Series motherboards. It provides comprehensive and enhanced charging support for a broad range of devices, including those that run both iOS and Android. Users can enjoy fast AC charging over USB on mobile devices, even when the PC is turned off.


GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio
GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards are the world's first to feature an onboard OP-AMP socket. This allows enthusiasts to swap out the motherboard's onboard operational amplifier (OP-AMP) and explore personal audio preferences using a range of nuanced OP-AMPs. GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards feature an amplifier upgrade kit that includes a pair of specialized Operational Amplifiers, and an IC Extractor for easy installation. Additional amplifiers can be purchased separately to further expand audio capabilities.


Three Different Op-AMPs



Creative Sound Core3D
GIGABYTE 8 Series G1-Killer motherboards feature a dedicated Sound Core3D audio processor from Creative. This multi-core sound and voice processor offers high-performance hardware audio processing, with cutting-edge audio technologies including the SoundBlaster software suite.








Nichicon High-End Audio Capacitors
GIGABYTE 8 Series G1-Killer motherboards use the highest quality Nichicon MUSE ES series and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors at each channel layout. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects.







Gaming Headphone Amplifier (Front Headphone)
Specially designed for gamers, GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards utilize a high-capacity amplifier which is able to drive 600Ω loads, giving gamers a fuller range of dynamic sound – with crisper details and less distortion – than when using high-quality professional headphones.







Audio Noise Guard
To help protect and insulate the high fidelity Creative Sound Core3D audio processor and onboard amplifiers from electromagnetic interference (EMI), GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards feature an audio noise guard that separates the board’s sensitive analog audio components from potential noise pollution at the PCB level. LED trace path lighting Illuminates to show the separation of the PCB layers.




Gold-Plated Audio Hardware

GIGABYTE G1-Killer motherboards pack top quality gold-plated audio and HDMI connectors for improved connectivity and long-lasting durability. Gold has superb signal conductivity, and will not tarnish over extended periods of use. The Creative™ Sound Core3D processor is also shielded by a gold-plated cover, which eliminates electrostatic interference.

 


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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Great motherboard!

Pros: Board has an excellent UEFI, looks excellent, and is a great piece for a powerful Micro-ATX build.

Cons: Had a DOA first time around. Knocked an egg off for that but the RMA process was easy and just delayed the build a couple days.

Overall Review: Overall happy with the board and recommend it.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
4/ 5
Good Board, but misleading dual GPU

Pros: The color palette is excellent, and the board is built very solid. There is a learning curve to the many different bios' this board contains, but all in all it's a great buy. The motherboard supports dual gpu's which is great, but see the cons below as to why I feel it's a bit misleading..

Cons: the x8 PCIe slots are the top and the bottom slots. It makes sense for users putting this into a mid tower case with 6 slots in the back, but put it in a mini tower with only four and you can't benefit from a feature I have used since the 8800 series. Most micro atx boards have the slots side by side so seeing this one not have that to me is very strange. One of my gpu's is dead so it doesn't bother me, but if it was alive I'd be frustrated I bought this with no change of upgrading unless I migrate everything over to my ugly mid tower case.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
I want to like it, but I can't because it doesn't do what I want it to very well

Pros: It support 6 hdds
RAID 0/10/5
well built/sturdy
cool idea on swapping sound blaster chips

Cons: RAID 5 throughput, This was supposed to replace the family file server. I used the same 4 hdds in raid 5, in my previous system they could handle torrents fine. But this RAID controller has serious problem with multiple files being uploaded and downloaded. So my torrent client freezes and the I/O to the RAID volume is usually 20 MB or slower a sec and very laggy

Overall Review: fine motherboard except for some strange RAID problems

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Good board ... until..

Pros: Full size PCIe slots, but with reduced pins. Good power design per Sin's VRM power list. Good mix of DVI, HDMI, and DP display ports.

Cons: I've heard and seen that the Creative audio goes out, well I'm fairly certain mine just did. And on a Sunday it seems hard to just give Gigabyte a call and figure out what is wrong and how to fix. Once I figure the issue or get it resolved I will go to a 4 egg

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
little board, big features

Pros: I bought this board last year because I wanted to build a little mATX and something that had the fastest SLI and saw this supports x16/x8 for the slim 7750s I was going to use. Build changed, and I went to a full case and a 770. Lots of nice features, Creative Labs Sound, changeable Amp chip, and Killer LAN. I haven't used 1/2 of them.

Cons: I upgraded from an i5-4670K to a i7-4790K. Even at the latest BIOS of this writing, F10, it doesn't correctly detect the chip parameters. It will stay stuck at the 4.4Ghz speed even with no load. I've decided to move on to a Z97 board, since I no longer have the 4670K. I don't think I can wait for F11 to come out.

Overall Review: Should have gone with a i7-4770K and be done with it. I'd have to say this board is strictly for 4th Gen.
I found an incompatibility with Netgear's Genie and Killer LAN. It kills the LAN to LAN transfer speed (80Kb/s!). Just uncheck the Netgear Firewall filter on the adapter and you'll be back to normal.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
5/ 5
Best MOBO I've ever owned.

Pros: Flawless. The color scheme makes it super easy to hook everything up and it's labeled really, REALLY well.

Cons: None.

Overall Review: Two years ago I was building a budget gaming PC and I purchased this MOBO because it better than all the ATX MOBOs in the same price range.

It's absolutely perfect, except I've gotten to the point where my case allows for more hard drives, but this MOBO doesn't. This really isn't the MOBO's fault since it's a Micro ATX. I just wish I had shelled out the money for the ATX version since I will be anyways in a year or two.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Excellent board but....

Pros: Even though this is smaller than a standard board, there's nothing lacking in the performance department. This system continuously outperformed similar systems clocked higher in both synthetic benches and real world applications but it pulls in front in real world, only just. The only reason I'm still giving this 4 eggs is because it is such a strong little powerhouse.

I still maintain this is one of the best looking z87 boards on the market and I'm glad I got one before Gigabyte decided to ditch the green.

Cons: There's really only one major flaw and I was ready to knock 2 eggs off this board because of the BIOS and lack of support for updating the BIOS. I was reluctant to flash it from F7 to the most recent approved F9, I completely skipped over F8. There is a F10a release but it's a beta and I'm not going to touch it with a 10 foot pole. F9 is a major improvement over F7 but it still needs work. With F7, if I so much as touch the memory timings, timings that were on the JEDEC and XMP tables, the system couldn't get past POST. It's a bit better now, at least F9 allows me to choose my own memory speeds without issue but I still can't key in manual timings. It's stable enough to POST and get into the OS but it will at some point restart randomly, no matter what I tried. I'm afraid there's just no overclocking the memory other than running at a higher speed than rated. I didn't even try overclocking the memory yet, I was just trying to run it with JEDEC and XMP timings that are on the SPD tables. There is a long period of time between BIOS updates and it may be a long time before this gets resolved.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
No Audio

Pros: Full size PCIe slots, but with reduced pins. Good power design per Sin's VRM power list. Good mix of DVI, HDMI, and DP display ports.

Cons: First boot and complete fresh install of Win7 x64, the Creative Audio showed up in the device manager. Drivers installed perfectly fine. About 1 day later, it disappeared. Ever since, no amount of reboots, changing BIOS audio settings from "enable" to "auto" to "disable", and fresh reinstalls of Win7 x64 will bring it back. I read a couple threads online that a few people seem to have had the Creative Audio die on them, potentially requiring a motherboard replacement. I contacted Gigabyte support. So it's 1 egg until this gets resolved. Once this gets resolved, it'll be back to 4 or 5 eggs.

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Thank you for your comments. We apologize for your difficulty with your GIGABYTE product. Please contact us at newegg-support@gigabyteusa.com with the case number 111167 in the e-mail subject line. We will provide personalized service and analysis to help solve your issue ASAP. If the matter is urgent, please send us your contact number, and we will contact you.

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