Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 Review


Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 Review


In our introduction we postulated that Z87 motherboards are so good that nearly any one will make for a good purchase to the point that more expensive motherboards mainly adjust the amount of metaphorical cherries you get on the cake. On the flip side that the once ROG equalling G1.Killer which used to sit at the very high end of the market on price and performance terms was now so affordable that is the brand identity becoming cheapened, if you'll pardon the expression, due to the extremely good value nature of recent offerings.

It's safe to say that after our time with the G1.Sniper Z87 the G1.Killer brand hasn't been lessened at all, and if anything the G1.Sniper is so good that it makes you wonder what £200+ motherboards offer that you'll be missing out on here.

Performance is unbelievably good. Yes, at stock the Sniper isn't the most jaw-dropping motherboard we've ever tested. Indeed in the odd test here and there we'd be inclined to call the performance average. However the Gigabyte BIOS provides two different automatic overclocking options although they both do the exact same thing, and if you're willing to dip your toes in the water of manual overclocking (this is what we would reccomend), which is so easy that there is no reason why you shouldn't, then some of the highest Z87 performance we've tested is available to you.

Obviously that low £116 price tag means that there are a couple of areas that have had to be compromised to reach such an affordable price point. There are no extra chips to give you more SATA ports or USB ports than the ones included as standard on the Intel Z87 chipset. The design of the Sniper is functional rather than breath-taking, but everything works perfectly and if you're in the mood for an nVidia or maybe even military style system then the green accents of the G1.Sniper could be just the ticket.

For a barely believable price you're getting equally barely believable performance. You have to overclock the Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 to make the most of it, but if you're willing to put a little effort in then there is a monster motherboard just waiting to be discovered and if you buy a Kseries CPU you should be getting dirty in the BIOS anyways! For the excellent 3D performance, and a price-tag affordable to even the most tightly financed user the Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 not only wins our OC3D Gamers Choice, but our Value For Money award too.


Thanks to Gigabyte for supplying the G1.Sniper Z87 for review. Discuss your thoughts in the OC3D Forums.

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Most Recent Comments

09-12-2013, 07:26:15

This is a hell of a review for a hell of a board. Thanks guys, I'm getting one.Quote

09-12-2013, 08:45:19

Just goes to show you don't need a highend motherboard these days, at least not for 1150/55. So many motherboards these day at this price point or slightly higher that are more than capable. All it comes down to now is if you actually need those extra features of the more expensive motherboards or not.

I love the design on the Gigabyte's G1 Sniper boards though, dat green and black goodness Quote

09-12-2013, 08:59:12

A nice review for my lunch break .

the need for an expensive board seems to keep on diminishing, this is very good for the more budget minded of us.Quote

09-12-2013, 11:16:25

Nice i may grab one of these after christmas for my next build...may even go for a 'hulk' green theme Quote

09-12-2013, 11:51:44

Thanks Tom for the great review. The first look had me and I bought it for the new rig.

Some pointers however to take into account:

If you are running windows 8/8.1 - The Soundblaster Recon 3Di has some 'issues' which you can live with, however, frankly, they annoyed me enough to buy an internal card.

Essentially it is a known issue that probably around 60% of the time you switch your rig on, the soundblaster will not be detected in Windows and you will require to shut down, power off completely and restart (which fixed it every time) however, it's just not good enough from Creative's standpoint and we all know that a set of drivers is still 2-3 months away.

The only other bad point to make is the Orange LED down near the legacy PCI ports is unfortunately the brightest light in the case. My case which will have some pictures up soon on the forums is covered in some matching green LED's and I feel this LED is a horribly bright addition that does kind of tarnish everything else about this board which frankly is excellent both visually and from an overclocking perspective.Quote

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