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In the beginning of this year Gigabyte launched a new gaming mainboard line-up called “G1-Killer”. At first there were three mainboard models in it: G1.Guerrilla, G1.Assassin and G1.Sniper. You may have already seen the review of the latter model on our site (it was reviewed together with an overclocking GA-X58A-OC board). Each of the mainboards in the new gaming series is unique and interesting in its own way, but all of them suffer from one permanent drawback. All of them are based on Intel X58 Extreme chipset and therefore are designed for LGA1366 processors only. However, this platform has already become morally outdated and spends its final days in the market giving way to the new LGA2011 form-factor. Therefore, it is quite logical that Gigabyte’s G1-Killer series continued expanding into the much more popular LGA1155 platform.

Gigabyte G1.Sniper 2 mainboard launched in early August is built on the latest and most functionally rich LGA1155 chipset – Intel Z68 Express. The distinguishing feature of this product is its unique design, rich accessories set, and extensive functionality delivered by the chipset and the latest developments from Creative Technology and Bigfoot Networks.

Packaging and Accessories

Even the littlest details of the “G1-Killer” series stick to the military theme. There is a bullet instead of the dash in the series logo, a bullet hole instead of the dot on the letter “i”, and there is a gun instead of the last letter “r”. The packaging of the actual G1.Sniper 2 mainboard is designed as a slightly rusty box with machine gun cartridge belts.

The back of the box decorated with bullet holes has a photograph of the mainboard and a brief description of its selected features.

 

The mainboard inside the box is placed into a clear plastic blister box with an additional cardboard insert for extra cushion. All accessories are packed into an individual box located beneath the mainboard:

  • Four SATA cables with metal connector locks, two with L-shaped locks and another two with straight ones;
  • A flexible bridge for two-way SLI graphics configurations;
  • I/O Shield for the back panel;
  • User manual;
  • A booklet with brief assembly instructions in 17 languages;
  • A booklet with instructions on getting your system ready for Intel Smart Response technology (in multiple languages);
  • DVD disk with software and drivers;
  • “Dolby Home Theater” and “Gigabyte” logo stickers for the system case.

The accessories are sufficient, but there is nothing remarkable about them. However, you still can make USB 3.0 ports available on the front panel, too. We have already seen mainboards that allow using the internal USB 3.0 connector. Some mainboards come with a special bracket that allows bringing a pair of USB 3.0 ports to the back panel. Since there are at least two USB 3.0 ports on the mainboards back panel, the brackets for the 3-inch bay in the front of the system case seem to be a much more useful accessory. We have already seen units like that bundled with mainboards from many vendors, including Gigabyte, but it is the first time we see a unit to fit into a 5-inch bay:

I have to say that this solution seems to be much more convenient. The small 3-inch bay may be occupied or even missing altogether, but there a free 5-inch bay is almost always available in any system case. Besides two USB 3.0 ports, there is an automatic overclocking button and an eSATA/USB Combo connector. The external SATA device is powered via the USB bus and if necessary this connector may be used not only for eSATA, but also for USB devices. There is a set of retention screws for this panel among the mainboard accessories. Moreover, you also get a large double-sided “G1-Killer” mainboard series poster and a set of transfer stickers. You can use them to decorate your PC case with the series logos, bullet holes and ammo.

 
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