Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 Motherboard

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 motherboardFigure 1: Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 motherboard

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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