The Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 is a top-shelf motherboard targeted to the enthusiast user who wants to build a high-end computer using one of the new “Haswell” CPUs (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors) and wants all the possible bells and whistles, including professional-grade audio and a high-end Gigabit Ethernet controller.

The highlights of this motherboard include the professional audio processor from Creative with replaceable operational amplifier for analog headphones, two Gigabit Ethernet ports (one of them being a controller by a high-end Killer E2200 processor), Bluetooth 4.0, dual-band Wi-Fi, 10 USB 3.0 ports, 10 SATA-600 ports, four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, a high-end voltage regulator circuit with 16 phases, active cooler for the voltage regulator supporting liquid cooling, and more.

Another important feature of this motherboard is the presence of a PCI Express switch chip, which makes it possible for the motherboard to have many additional features and the ability to switch bandwidth automatically to the device that is requiring it. Because of this, all PCI Express x16 slots are controlled by the CPU and therefore CPU, and they support CrossFireX and SLI arrays with up to four video cards, which is impressive.

The only drawback we see with this motherboard is the way the USB 3.0 ports are configured. The Z87 chipset supports six USB 3.0 ports, but the manufacturer wanted to add ten. While two of them are connected directly to the chipset, the other eight are connected to four USB 3.0 ports of the chipset, by way of two hub chips. If you use two or more ports that are actually connected to the same USB 3.0 port on the chipset at the same time, the performance will drop. But this is a minor flaw compared to the incredible set of high-end features of the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 motherboard.


Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.