Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z170 Review


Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z170 Review


It's great to see the G1.Sniper Z170 back in all its green glory.

Colours are always a matter of personal taste. We all have favourites and they don't generally change throughout our lives. Anyone who has a friend or loved one with a favourite colour in a less obvious hue knows the difficulty in trying to buy items in that shade, and if you happen to be someone who has as their favourite colour the same hue as grass, apples and The Flying Scotsman, then it's likely you've been berating the lack of green options as far as motherboards go. With the relentless popularity of nVidia graphics cards it's just as nice to have a system you can build around that colour. It's a large part of the appeal of the G1.Sniper and we're glad that Gigabyte has gone all-in.

Given that we're willing to pay over the odds for a product in our own favourite colour it's also good to see Gigabyte price the G1.Sniper Z170 at the affordable end of the price spectrum. It would be easy for them to go down the route of understanding it's Hobson's Choice and so gouge you on pricing, so we're pleased the Sniper is such good value.

It's not only value and colouring that are positives for the Sniper. Sure it isn't the kind of motherboard that will set your trousers on fire with its performance, or with its plethora of accessories and extra features, but neither is there a single hole in its armour. Whatever we threw at it it performed with aplomb. Well-rounded is definitely the thing that springs to mind. It's as happy chomping through video transcoding as it is rendering enemies for you to kill or foliage for you to gawp at. 

If you're in the market for a green motherboard then the choice is extremely limited, but fortunately the G1.Sniper makes for a great purchase, providing solid performance at a very affordable price and wins our OC3D Gamers Choice award.

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