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Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: First Look Last Updated: May 22, 2012
Page: 1 of 9
Introduction

The Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 is a high-end socket LGA1155 motherboard targeted to the “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors), using the microATX form factor. Let’s see what the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 has to offer.

The Intel Z77 is an upgraded version of the Z68 chipset with the same basic features (Intel Smart Response Technology and Virtu video switching technology), plus native support to four USB 3.0 ports. It also includes the addition of two new technologies: Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while it is in sleep mode) and Rapid Start (faster boot times).

In addition, the Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 supports the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.

Gigabyte has launched 12 different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset; we list the differences between them in the tables below. We won’t describe the Z77X-UD5H-WB WIFI and the Z77X-UD3H-WB WIFI models, as they are simply a version of the Z77X-UD5H and the Z77X-UD3H models bundled with a PCI Express x1 expansion card containing IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless networking and BlueTooth 4.0. This card is also included with the G1.Sniper 3 motherboard. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article.

Specification

G1.Sniper 3

Z77X-UD5H

Z77X-UD3H

Z77X-D3H

Z77-D3H

Z77-DS3H

Z77P-D3

Form Factor

E-ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

4 (x16/x0/
x16/x0 or x16/x0/
x8/x8 or x8/x8/
x8/x8)

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

PCI Express x1

2

3

3

3

3

2

2

Standard PCI

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

3

3

SATA-600

6

5

2

4

2

2

2

eSATA-300

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

eSATA-600

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

mSATA

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

USB 2.0

4

6

6

6

10

8

8

USB 3.0

8*

8*

8

8

6

4

4

FireWire

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

BlueTooth

Yes, 4.0

No

No

No

No

No

No

Gigabit Ethernet

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

Wi-Fi

Yes, a/b/g/n

No

No

No

No

No

No

VGA

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

DVI

1

1

1

1

1

1

0

HDMI

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

DisplayPort

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

Audio

CA0132

ALC898

VT2021

VT2021

VT2021

ALC887

ALC887

Voltage Regulator

12+2+1

12+2+1

6+2+1

6+2+1

6+1+1

4+1+1

4+1+1

Price

USD 280

USD 190

USD 160

USD 145

USD 120

USD 105

NA

* The motherboard has only four “real” USB 3.0 ports that are expanded to eight using hub chips.

Specification

G1.Sniper M3

X77MX-D3H

Z77M-D3H

Form Factor

microATX

microATX

microATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

3 (x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4)

2 (x16/x4)

PCI Express x1

1

1

1

Standard PCI

0

0

1

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

No

SATA-300

3

4

4

SATA-600

2

2

2

eSATA-300

1

0

0

eSATA-600

0

0

0

mSATA

0

0

0

USB 2.0

10

10

10

USB 3.0

4

4

4

FireWire

0

0

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1

1

VGA

1

1

1

DVI

1

1

1

HDMI

1

1

1

DisplayPort

1

0

0

Audio

CA0132

VT2021

VT2021

Voltage Regulator

6+2+1

4+1+1

4+1+1

Price

USD 180

USD 135

USD 115

Figure 1 shows you the G1.Sniper M3 motherboard.

Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 motherboard
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Figure 1: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 motherboard

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