Gigabyte G1 Sniper M5 Review Z87 1150 Haswell

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 Review 

Introduction

So we've looked at a good value Gigabyte motherboard, an MSI offering that was spectacular in every department, so now let us provide the a final option which is a performance motherboard in a small package. The Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5.

Demonstrating how quickly the Sniper series has settled in to the Gigabyte range, it didn't seem two minutes ago that we were surprised by the G1.Snipers performance, and equally impressed by the commitment to the military theme in terms of packaging and board design. Each variant has moved further away from the Sniper concept in design ethos, whilst retaining the good performance of the early efforts.

So if you're looking for a mATX motherboard to place your new Haswell CPU in, let's see if the G1.Sniper M5 could be just the ticket.

Technical Specifications

The big selling point of the M5 is the inclusion of the Creative Sound Core 3D chip. Rather than utilising one of the many RealTek variants, Gigabyte have gone full on with Creative, and some very clever alternatives which we'll look at on another page.

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 Review  

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01-06-2013, 10:41:51

tinytomlogan
The final of our looks at the first batch of today's Z87 motherboard releases sees the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 on the OC3D bench rig.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...092423234l.JPG


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01-06-2013, 11:12:21

Feronix
Thanks Tom!

Will have to chose between this and the Gryphon. Might simply come down to price though, but I'm willing to spend more on this one if the audio is much better.

01-06-2013, 11:34:40

AverageNinja
Thanks tom! Sexy board and I like that little bit of gold on the audio chip. Adds a nice accent!

01-06-2013, 13:30:48

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
Thanks Tom!

Will have to chose between this and the Gryphon. Might simply come down to price though, but I'm willing to spend more on this one if the audio is much better.
TBH mate this thing is epic. 160?

01-06-2013, 13:35:40

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
TBH mate this thing is epic. 160?
True, though the z77 version of this board used to be around 120,- over here (100 quid?) so I'm waiting to see what the actual price will be.

I also planned on a black & white theme. Not sure if the whole black & white and a bit of green is going to work.

I don't have the funds yet anyway. Do you have any idea when your Gryphon review might be out (if you're doing one at all)?

01-06-2013, 13:42:20

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
True, though the z77 version of this board used to be around 120,- over here (100 quid?) so I'm waiting to see what the actual price will be.

I also planned on a black & white theme. Not sure if the whole black & white and a bit of green is going to work.

I don't have the funds yet anyway. Do you have any idea when your Gryphon review might be out (if you're doing one at all)?
No plans to atm. TBH a lot has changed at Asus and they make it far to hard to get stuff from them which is why they have fuck all reviews live for NDA.

Ive got a Maximus 6 here but they seem to think delivering it the day before NDA is acceptable. Its not. I certainly wont be working my arse off for them again till they start showing me some love.

01-06-2013, 13:53:25

theDTP
I hope the ASUS boards are just as good. I really do.

01-06-2013, 14:02:11

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
No plans to atm. TBH a lot has changed at Asus and they make it far to hard to get stuff from them which is why they have fuck all reviews live for NDA.

Ive got a Maximus 6 here but they seem to think delivering it the day before NDA is acceptable. Its not. I certainly wont be working my arse off for them again till they start showing me some love.
How dare Asus be bad to Tommy?! D:
*throws money towards Gigabyte*

Do you reckon this board would work well in a 350D of which I paint the PCI brackets (including the ones on the GPU) white, use black frame and white blade fans and use the white Corsair sleeved cables?

Could always make the H100i LED green or white for more balance and I'm probably getting an Nvidia card anyway

01-06-2013, 14:17:44

tinytomlogan
Watch my video review of the M5 for inspiration matey

01-06-2013, 14:18:25

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Watch my video review of the M5 for inspiration matey
Already did but you only talked about green
Btw, I lol'd at the BMW bit!

01-06-2013, 14:19:52

tinytomlogan
TBH changing the slot colour depends on your own abilities.

You could not only make it looks crap but also kill the board (stop it working)

Design wise you need to have a solid plan before buying anything.

01-06-2013, 14:35:50

AverageNinja
Quote:
Originally Posted by Feronix View Post
How dare Asus be bad to Tommy?! D:
*throws money towards Gigabyte*
First their godawful gold design, and now they are bad to Thomas?!
Let's go stomp their private parts! And all get a Z87 OC! (If only the made a mATX OC Board)

01-06-2013, 14:37:11

Feronix
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
TBH changing the slot colour depends on your own abilities.

You could not only make it looks crap but also kill the board (stop it working)

Design wise you need to have a solid plan before buying anything.
Didn't mean painting the slots of the board, I meant the slots of the case

Hence the black & white and a hint of green

01-06-2013, 18:01:05

SieB
Stop making me want to spend money Gigabyte

01-06-2013, 18:42:29

OcSurfer
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
No plans to atm. TBH a lot has changed at Asus and they make it far to hard to get stuff from them which is why they have fuck all reviews live for NDA.

Ive got a Maximus 6 here but they seem to think delivering it the day before NDA is acceptable. Its not. I certainly wont be working my arse off for them again till they start showing me some love.
I have the same issue tom, they pipe up and say we want to sponsor your build with a z87 RoG Gene, all the other companies get there parts here, yet now asus have practically vanished off the face of the earth

02-06-2013, 01:13:07

ZED O SIX
Hey great review Tom. Are you planning a full review of the G1. 5 board? I am really curious about the layout of the PCIe lanes and if you can run 2 cards at x16 or not and if it would be a board you would suggest for my new build. My budget is rather large I am going to put everything in a STH10 case since their shop is near me and I love that case. Also going to run 2x EVGA 780 ACX cards. I will be doing a proper water cooling loop for the CPU as well. Not going to run a H100i. I am going to stick a 560mm rad in the case for it in hopes to keep temps under control.

02-06-2013, 02:15:15

Vicey
The design of that UEFI aesthetically is unpleasant. It doesn't really matter though we barely spend any time in there but still why do they waste their time on something that is so obviously horrible?

Now I must admit the Gigabyte UEFI is high up on the list of good ones but it's not as good as say Asus's .. beats the one on my MSI X79 board though my god that thing is a catastrophe.

02-06-2013, 06:30:46

ShaunB-91
Just bought one of these for my new build. Shame I'll have to wait to order everything else though, at least it's a start for my Corsair Obsidian 550D!

06-06-2013, 09:06:09

FD2
I'm missing the results for the NON-oc-ed Sniper M5.
Powerdraw ?
temps ?

06-06-2013, 14:03:49

Zoot
I'd be curious if there's any noticeable difference between the various types of Op-Amps they're offering.

I'm pleased to see one from the company I work for in the list.

EDIT: BTW you pronounce the "P" in the "Op".

03-07-2013, 06:25:16

WombatDK
Hi Tom, and all ya over OC'ers...

Iam about to build myself a new rig based on the I5 4670k Haswell... I've got a Fractal Design Define R3 cabinet for my pc so Iam only thinking about performance and airflow, and not size of the mobo...

Iam down to choosing between 2 mobo's fitting my princerange: MSI GD65 Gaming and the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 - what would your pick be of those 2 ? Iam buying the H100i cooler and a pair of 16gb 2400 rams along with the mobo and CPU, but iam not going to OC the rig all of a lot... I cant deceide for my self...

03-07-2013, 06:28:03

tinytomlogan
You cant put an MATX mobo in an ATX case without looking a retard......

03-07-2013, 06:59:03

WombatDK
Iam not into looks, as the case is closed, I just want a quiet/fast rig... so its all about performance, maybe the onboard stuff as sound, Network and such...

Iam thinking the mAtx could provide a better airflow and more space for the h100i radiator...

03-07-2013, 07:07:24

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by WombatDK View Post
Iam not into looks, as the case is closed, I just want a quiet/fast rig... so its all about performance, maybe the onboard stuff as sound, Network and such...

Iam thinking the mAtx could provide a better airflow and more space for the h100i radiator...

You would be wrong. lol And the H100i wont fit in the R3.

03-07-2013, 07:20:45

WombatDK
Why is that ? got room for 2x120/140mm fans on top ?

maybe iam a "interiordesign noob" allright, but rightnow i feel really dumb :-P thought I had it all checked out... i guess i was wrong then...

03-07-2013, 07:35:55

ShaunB-91
Got the board in a Corsair 550D, looks really nice.

03-07-2013, 07:39:39

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by WombatDK View Post
Why is that ? got room for 2x120/140mm fans on top ?

maybe iam a "interiordesign noob" allright, but rightnow i feel really dumb :-P thought I had it all checked out... i guess i was wrong then...

Fans.... Not the radiator.

03-07-2013, 07:50:42

WombatDK
Thx... stopped me from buying stupid :-)

but back to mobo - not thinking about casing.. what mobo to choose of the 2... GD65 and Sniper M5...

03-07-2013, 07:54:37

tinytomlogan
Ive already said if you put the M5 in an ATX case Ill laugh at you for being a n0000b

03-07-2013, 08:05:44

WombatDK
Just want to know which one to choose - could be tempted to buy new case aswell now I allready have my card out ;-)

iam thinking Obsidian 350D w. Sniper M5 or 550D w. GD65...

Was really hoping to be able to use the h100i... so now iam all open for suggestions...

03-07-2013, 08:37:10

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by WombatDK View Post
Just want to know which one to choose - could be tempted to buy new case aswell now I allready have my card out ;-)

iam thinking Obsidian 350D w. Sniper M5 or 550D w. GD65...

Was really hoping to be able to use the h100i... so now iam all open for suggestions...

Watch the M5 review........

03-07-2013, 09:34:11

ShaunB-91
Get the Sniper M5, it's a great looking board (haven't finished my rig yet to use it). I have it in a 550D, there is a bit of extra room in there but it looks ok, but if you go for a giant case it's going to look odd, especially if you have a side window, and all your components are in one corner.

I wanted the 550D to be quiet, and to be enclosed, I will add a couple of fans maybe but I want to keep it boxed in. Watch the M5 video as Tom said, that was what made me buy mine.

05-07-2013, 06:07:31

WombatDK
Done... Result:

G1.Sniper M5
I4670k
Corsair 16gb (4x4) 2400mhz
128gb Corsair Force GS SSD
Corsair Obsidian 350D
Corsair H100i
EVGA GTX 760 4gb
+ misc. Corsair fans.

... on its way

05-07-2013, 06:14:05

ShaunB-91
Nice stuff, I've got the G1.Sniper M5 and the 4670K, but I'll probably just use 8GB RAM and a 780 or a Titan.

05-07-2013, 06:19:01

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
Nice stuff, I've got the G1.Sniper M5 and the 4670K, but I'll probably just use 8GB RAM and a 780 or a Titan.

Titan? U mad bro?

05-07-2013, 06:22:23

ShaunB-91
It's always on my mind. I just HAVE to get it. Although if TTL can persuade me otherwise, I'm all ears.

05-07-2013, 06:24:08

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
It's always on my mind. I just HAVE to get it. Although if TTL can persuade me otherwise, I'm all ears.

Try reading the 780 review then since Ive already spent ages on it......

05-07-2013, 06:27:04

ShaunB-91
I've watched it, I know the Titan is more expensive, and I won't gain much more from it than I would a 780, but whilst I'll only be gaming at 1080p at the moment, I might end up adding multi-monitor at high resolutions. Just one step at a time.

I'll give it another re-watch though.

05-07-2013, 06:28:21

WombatDK
beeing curious and all... with the before mentioned setup... and if I were to look into OC'ing... what could I expect... IF I tried... reading all your reviews and stuff, kindda intrigues me into trying it :-D just for kicks u know...

05-07-2013, 18:56:58

ahpadt
Quote:
Originally Posted by WombatDK View Post
beeing curious and all... with the before mentioned setup... and if I were to look into OC'ing... what could I expect... IF I tried... reading all your reviews and stuff, kindda intrigues me into trying it :-D just for kicks u know...
Depends on how lucky you are with your CPU quality, but 4.4Ghz should be doable for most people, with reasonable voltages. I wouldn't go for 4.6Ghz if I had to run a Vcore close to or above 1.3V...

06-07-2013, 12:32:11

YABBA1-LONDON
I have a gtx690 & I7 2700k sandy asrock extreme 7. 16 gb ripjow. Need to now which motherboard be best for performing on bf3/4
. Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5 Vs MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming Series need your help pleas
Thanks

06-07-2013, 13:58:00

Feronix
Do realise that you're going to need a new CPU if you buy any of these boards as they are socket 1150

That being said, switching from Sandy Bridge to Haswell won't really give you any improvement in your gaming experience. The biggest difference will be switching from PCI-E 2.0 to PCI-E 3.0 which will probably get you a performance increase of ~5fps at max. It's up to you if you think that's worth the price of a new mobo + cpu.

Both boards are pretty similar and have epic sound and network solutions. I'd say go for which one you like the looks of best. Don't put an m-ATX board in a mid- or full tower though, it would look silly.

13-08-2013, 04:59:36

BlueLou
Hi

I have the G1.Sniper M5 motherboard and I would like to overclock a bit. I am really a noob when it comes to OC-ing so I have used GigaByte EasyTune app. So far I have gone with the Auto Tuning option and the application reports back that I am able to run the CPU at 4.6 Ghz. When running the stability test included in the AIDA64 app I get the following read out from CPU-Z and the following temps from Core Temp;


To my knowledge those temps are not good. Same goes for the Core Voltage?

Just wanted to add that my idle temps @ 4.6 Ghz is at 30-32 C

I know that OC by using the EasyTune app is not the best option in terms of outcome, but when trying to change those values I know of in the BIOS I only get BSOD. Can't evt get it to run stable at 4.2 Ghz when doing it manually.

Does anyone have a really good step by step guide on how to OC this board. It would be great if you Tom Logan would share the exact BIOS settings used in your review - especially since my setup is more or less exact to the one you used when reviewing this board.


MY SETUP:
CPU: i7-4770K
Mobo: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5, Socket-1150 - F7 BIOS
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz 16GB - 2x8GB CL9 XMP 1,5V, Red
Cooler: H100i With x2 Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 770 2GB PhysX CUDA - GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5

14-08-2013, 06:33:44

Spiderz
Quote:
Originally Posted by BlueLou View Post
Hi

I have the G1.Sniper M5 motherboard and I would like to overclock a bit. I am really a noob when it comes to OC-ing so I have used GigaByte EasyTune app. So far I have gone with the Auto Tuning option and the application reports back that I am able to run the CPU at 4.6 Ghz. When running the stability test included in the AIDA64 app I get the following read out from CPU-Z and the following temps from Core Temp;


To my knowledge those temps are not good. Same goes for the Core Voltage?

Just wanted to add that my idle temps @ 4.6 Ghz is at 30-32 C

I know that OC by using the EasyTune app is not the best option in terms of outcome, but when trying to change those values I know of in the BIOS I only get BSOD. Can't evt get it to run stable at 4.2 Ghz when doing it manually.

Does anyone have a really good step by step guide on how to OC this board. It would be great if you Tom Logan would share the exact BIOS settings used in your review - especially since my setup is more or less exact to the one you used when reviewing this board.


MY SETUP:
CPU: i7-4770K
Mobo: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M5, Socket-1150 - F7 BIOS
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1866MHz 16GB - 2x8GB CL9 XMP 1,5V, Red
Cooler: H100i With x2 Noctua NF-F12 PWM 120mm
GPU: ASUS GeForce GTX 770 2GB PhysX CUDA - GTX770-DC2OC-2GD5
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBEeX...layer_embedded

No expert on the matter but that's the video I suggest you watch on overclocking intel CPUs. I know it says 1155 but the Haswell socets are pretty much the same.

I do know that you won't get anyone giving exact settings as every CPU is different.
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