Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Review
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As we'd expect from a high-end board the Sniper 3 is expecting you to use multiple GPUs, and has spaced the PCI Express slots accordingly. Although it's odd to see both PCIe x1 ports potentially covered up by your GPUs, so it's something to bear in mind if you want SLI/Crossfire as well as a soundcard for example.
The mSATA 1.8" SSD slots are becoming more common on the latest motherboards, and manufacturers are still trying to find the best place to put them. We think with the Sniper 3 Gigabyte have got it right, just behind the main SATA ports.
There is plenty of power available for overclocking, and it's also worth noting that the layout of the power phases allows for easy sub-zero cooling too. The top right corner has the standard high-end feature set of a CMOS clear, reset and power buttons as well as voltage monitoring points and a clear 7 segment display.
The Creative onboard sound has a small EMI shield, something many motherboards would do well to adopt. No matter where you look on the G1.Sniper 3 there are connection points, fan headers, and those wonderful design touches that really let you know you're holding a quality component.
Finally the connectors are six SATA 6Gb/s ports and four SATA 3Gb/s ones. Round the back we have the normal selection of multiple display outs, twin LAN, USB 3.0 ports, a combined PS2 and the audio connections.