Is there a new gaming king in town?
The G1 series from Gigabyte has quickly established itself as a strong alternative to the ASUS Republic of Gamers range. The latest Z77 reincarnation is the G1.Sniper 3, with the potential to take the already respected series to a whole new level.
Gigabyte has persisted with the same black and lime colour scheme gamers have come to love. Thankfully this time the heatsinks don’t look anything like guns, instead they're a more classical design. Under the smallest of the four heatsinks is a PLX chip, affording this board the ability to support up to four-way CrossFire and SLI configurations. Also on board are four DIMM slots supporting 32GB of memory, 10 SATA ports, 14 USB ports and two Gigabit network adapters, one of which is the gaming-focused Atheros Killer E2201. Audio is provided by a Creative Core3D audio processor, which includes a headphone amplifier perfect for driving high-end headphones.
The Sniper 3 blitzed our benchmark testing, sitting within the top two motherboards across everything we tested. The only performance drawback was a small deficit in maximum memory frequency, something that has a negligible impact on gaming.
Both the price and the oversized XL-ATX form factor may not suit all users, but four-way graphics support and premium features come at a cost. The G1.Sniper 3 is almost the perfect gaming board and is well on the way to being crowned king of all gaming motherboards.
Available from Gigabyte, retailing for $375.
APC rating: 9/10 (Editor's Choice)