Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 Z68 Motherboard Review

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Where is the dividing line between a winner and a loser? History has plenty of lessons to give regarding this matter. The Romans, for example, were unmatched by other military forces during their era because of the versatility of their legion. During the Gallic War, Julius Caesar had his engineers build a bridge within 10 days over the Rhine river so 40,000 soldiers and their horses could cross and continue pursuit. They maximized the odds to their favor by eliminating all possible variables of loss and leaving very little to chance in order to guarantee victory. Momentum is important during war and delays between strikes gives more time for the enemy to regroup and counter-attack. In the world of e-sports and gaming, this kind of winning attitude is equally important to dominating battles.

 

When fighting online, it is important to have no delays or lag, whether it is from your graphic card performance or network latency. Having the same top of the line components found on high-end overclocking motherboards will not necessarily translate directly into a high-end gaming motherboard. Something like network throughput, for example, isn’t the most important part of lag-free gaming. The responsiveness in your game still relies on having the network traffic still going through Windows’ network stack and delays can happen unexpectedly. With graphics, adding an NVIDIA NF200 chipset on Z68 motherboards also adds latency and an 8x/8x dual-GPU configuration will actually outperform a 16x/16x SLI/Crossfire with NF200. These are just two examples and Gigabyte designed their new G1 Killer gaming motherboard lineup with this winning philosophy in mind. While the first G1 Killer group was based on the older Intel X58 chipset, GIGABYTE now introduces their first 6-series G1 Killer motherboard: The G1.Sniper2 Z68.

 

The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper2 Z68 motherboard supports the latest Sandy Bridge processors, as well as the upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge. The G1.Sniper2 Z68 motherboard is also first to support PCIE3 since Ivy Bridge brings native PCI-E 3.0 support to the Intel platform. For network gaming performance, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Z68 motherboard is equipped with a Bigfoot Networks Killer e2100 NPU that helps offload network traffic from the CPU, freeing it up to perform other computing tasks. For crystal clear audio performance, there is an onboard Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) with X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity and EAX AHD 5.0 Technologies. Since it is a Z68 platform, it is capable of using Intel’s Smart Response technology, but GIGABYTE takes it one step further by introducing EZ-SRT. EZ-SRT simplifies the long and cumbersome process of SRT and makes it a single click automated procedure in the G1.Sniper2 Z68 motherboard. There is also an HDMI port in the rear of the G1 Sniper 2 Z68 motherboard so users can utilize LucidLogix’s Virtu GPU virtualization software in i-Mode, as well as d-Mode. Of course being a gaming motherboard, the G1.Sniper2 Z68 motherboard also supports dual-SLI or CrossfireX setups but have opted not to put an NF200 chipset to minimize GPU latency.

 

 

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