Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z87 First Look

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Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z87 First Look


Introduction

As far as the Z87 motherboards go, we regard the Gigabyte ranges as some of the best around. Their boards cover all the bases from the high end Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5, to the budget Z87-D3PH, with one of our favourites right in the middle; the Z87X-UD4H. As far as Micro ATX boards are concerned, the Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5 is a brilliant choice too, with its amazing price, great looks and staggering performance.

Gigabyte have recently released the next in the ‘Sniper’ series; the G1.Sniper Z87. Aimed at gamers, this packs an unbelievable amount of features considering the price of only £116!

Specifications

CPU: Support for Intel® Core™ i7, i5 i3, Pentium and Celeron processors in the LGA1150 package
Chipset: Intel®  Z87 Express Chipset
Memory: 4x 1.5v DDR3 DIMM sockets, supporting up to 32GB of memory. Support from 1333mhz to 3000mhz (O.C.)
Onboard Graphics: 1x DisplayPort, 1xHDMI
Audio: Onboard Creative® Sound Core 3D Chip
LAN: Qualcomm® Atheros Killer E2201 chip Gigabit
Expansion Slots: 1x PCIE x16, 1xPCIE x16 (running at x8), 3xPCIE x1, 2x PCI
Multi-Graphics: Support for 2 way AMD CrossFireX, and 2 way Nvidia SLI
Storage: 6x SATA 6Gb/s ports
USB: 4 x USB 3.0, 3 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports

Gigabyte G1 Sniper Z87 First Look




Conclusion

All in all, we think this is one of the best value products on the market at this moment in time. For the £116 Gigabyte ask for, you’re getting a higher end onboard soundcard than standard motherboard, support for SLI and Crossfire, a beautiful looking matte black PCB and a great overclocking experience.

The G1.Sniper Z87’s target market is gamers, and Gigabyte has taken the effort to improve the areas gamers use most. The audio system is powered by the Creative Sound Core 3d chip, which means audio will be high quality without having to add an expensive soundcard. If that isn’t enough, Gigabyte have also added an upgradeable OP-Amp system which enables the user to power higher end headphones/headsets directly from the board. Here at OC3D, we love having high quality sound from our PCs, whether it’s for hearing every beat in a piece of music, or perfectly positioning enemy footsteps in your favourite FPS game. With the G1.Sniper Z87, Gigabyte has you covered.

The G1.Sniper also comes with a Killer E2200 NIC, which is regarded by gamers as one of the best internet solutions for avoiding lag, and getting the most out of your games. In a board as cheap as this, we really think it’s amazing to see how much Gigabyte have given you.

The Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD3H, which we also thought was a great value board, comes in at around £140. The G1.Sniper has almost as many features when it comes to PCIE lanes, USB and SATA connectivity, and an even better specification in the areas such as audio and networking. We are bewildered how Gigabyte has managed to pull off such a high end board, and at such an affordable price. Buy the G1.Sniper Z87, coupled with an Intel 4670k and a Gigabyte 760 Windforce with the black PCB, you could have an incredibly good looking, high performing system for an awesome price!

Full review will be up ASAP but we are really looking forward to testing this one, discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.  

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20-11-2013, 13:45:31

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...125321438l.jpg

We met up with Gigabyte today and got our hands on the new baby £116 Sniper board - we thought youd like a nice early look!


Continue ReadingQuote

20-11-2013, 14:17:50

maniac
When I opened the video, I thought it was a review and I was like :O wtf? only 11 minutes? then I was like ohhh its an 11 minute first look Quote

20-11-2013, 14:37:02

Wraith
Hopefully with AMD stating that they will continue the AM3+ platform into 2015 we may just get to see the AM3+ incarnation, I know when I spoke to Gigabyte they were all hush hush about it... so fingers crossed.Quote

20-11-2013, 14:46:19

SieB
Sticky, keyboard is sticky.Quote

20-11-2013, 15:04:06

chrismjurd
hopefully its within 95% of the raw performance of the bigger brothers, and signalling the end of mid level boards in the 150+ price bracket, especially for intel based boards.

so whats really missing, sure a couple of sata connections, meh

i guess it all comes down the the overclocking potential.. hopefully its decent. cant wait for the following review.Quote

20-11-2013, 18:50:54

NeverBackDown
for that price is sort of makes my Gd55 z77 board look like crap in both looks and price...

Board looks very sexy with a dark mate black pcb.Quote

21-11-2013, 00:46:32

scorp38
I just bought this board yesterday, i had to i love the gigabyte green color scheme. I should receive it tomorrow, very excited to see how it handles everything.Quote

21-11-2013, 05:04:53

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by chrismjurd View Post
hopefully its within 95% of the raw performance of the bigger brothers, and signalling the end of mid level boards in the 150+ price bracket, especially for intel based boards.

so whats really missing, sure a couple of sata connections, meh

i guess it all comes down the the overclocking potential.. hopefully its decent. cant wait for the following review.

Wont happen, they still cut stuff back for this board dude. Its not full ATX for one.Quote

21-11-2013, 05:16:53

ShaunB-91
For £116 it looks great, I'm happy with the G1. Sniper M5 and this comes in even cheaper, not a bad little budget board!Quote

21-11-2013, 06:38:56

MrKambo
Amazing board for the price bracket, im sure we will be seeing nice budget builds with thisQuote

21-11-2013, 09:01:21

RizeAllard
It will be a value for the money... At this area of europe it will be a must buy item for the gamers on low budget. Nice from Gigabyte of thinking those too...
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24-11-2013, 14:42:11

Rastalovich
Hmm nice prices ...

What's about to come as standard on mobos, that these won't have, that'll make the next round come out at £200++ ? ...... I wonder ....

Been a while since I bought a Gigabyte mobo. Nothing 'against' them perse, I have actually bought many in the past, just been impressed by MSI and ASRock of late.Quote

24-11-2013, 15:04:10

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rastalovich View Post
Hmm nice prices ...

What's about to come as standard on mobos, that these won't have, that'll make the next round come out at £200++ ? ...... I wonder ....

Been a while since I bought a Gigabyte mobo. Nothing 'against' them perse, I have actually bought many in the past, just been impressed by MSI and ASRock of late.
All the asrocks Ive ever used have been beyond disappointing one way or another.

Next step up from one of these is about £150 dudeQuote

24-11-2013, 15:13:38

Rastalovich
The ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 Gen3 really opened my eyes to them not being just an elcheapo consolidation make. Obtained a fleet of these and Extreme 4s for some serious deployments.
Still going now, with nothing out worth replacing them with, until they die I guess.Quote

27-11-2013, 09:02:13

ryadasu
I've had a horrible experience with my ASRock motherboard; never again..
Can't wait for the full review to see if this Sniper holds up against the UD3H!Quote

27-11-2013, 11:57:13

smoke2
This board looks promising, but I have interesting experiences with sound on Sniper.

I owned Sniper M5 with Recon3D and the sound overall during listening the music was too bassy for me.
I must through control panel THX TruStudio Pro reduce the bass on minimum.

Now I have borrowed a rig with Sniper B5 with Realtek ALC898 and OP-AMP and must to say the music is more balanced and with more clarity.
On Sniper M5 I had tried only OP-AMP equipped from manufacturer, not the second one from the page.

It's probably mainly sound chipset for games?

Now I'm wondering to buy new Sniper Z87, but little afraid about Recon3D and it looks like Sniper B5 is now probably better choice?

Is there something what I must to turn off in Control Panel or is Recon3D really worse sound chipset than Realtek ALC898?

What are your opinions on Recon3D?Quote

27-11-2013, 15:06:03

NeverBackDown
Quote:
Originally Posted by smoke2 View Post
This board looks promising, but I have interesting experiences with sound on Sniper.

I owned Sniper M5 with Recon3D and the sound overall during listening the music was too bassy for me.
I must through control panel THX TruStudio Pro reduce the bass on minimum.

Now I have borrowed a rig with Sniper B5 with Realtek ALC898 and OP-AMP and must to say the music is more balanced and with more clarity.
On Sniper M5 I had tried only OP-AMP equipped from manufacturer, not the second one from the page.

It's probably mainly sound chipset for games?

Now I'm wondering to buy new Sniper Z87, but little afraid about Recon3D and it looks like Sniper B5 is now probably better choice?

Is there something what I must to turn off in Control Panel or is Recon3D really worse sound chipset than Realtek ALC898?

What are your opinions on Recon3D?
Your using a creative recon3d card. That is the problem. Get rid of that crap asap.Quote

27-11-2013, 16:57:38

smoke2
No, Creative Recon3D is a sound chipset which is integrated onto Sniper M5 board!Quote

27-11-2013, 17:01:48

NeverBackDown
That makes it even worse lolQuote
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