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Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.5.

Introducing itself to the low-cost gaming motherboard scene, can Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper Z87 retain the features that makes its higher-priced siblings attractive purchases?

Targeting mid-range gamers Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper Z87 features a Killer E2201 NIC, support for 2-way SLI and CrossFire, and an eye-catching green and black colour scheme. Further enhancements are provided in the form of a unique audio system centred around Nichicon high-end audio capacitors, interchangeable operational amplifiers, and Creative’s Sound Core 3D audio processor.

With gaming-orientated components and a durable power delivery system bonded into an attractive design, can Gigabyte’s G1.Sniper Z87 compete in the vicious sub-£120 motherboard market?



  • Creative Sound Core 3D audio processor.
  • Upgradeable OP-AMPS.
  • Killer E2200 series NIC.
  • High-end audio components.
  • 2-way graphics support.
  • Gold plated connectors.
  • Onboard buttons.

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  • John

    Just ordered it from OCUK – using it for a new build in the new year. good price.

  • Terrible Terrance

    nice colour scheme, nothing I have would match it, so would be quite a change over from my asus board. Gigabyte boards t his year look the best though, no doubt about it.

  • Chris Martin

    Its about time these companies put more effort into the onboard audio, so good move gb.

  • Barry M

    I always really like how they put power and reset switches up close to the memory, they are a godsend when testing things.

  • Wilker

    I bought this board and its been great – rock solid at 4.4ghz, as I dont like pushing my CPU too high – they run hot. not like ivybridge.

  • Ben

    Very well written review, looks like a winner for its price point.
    Is anybody intending to buy this board in hope of connecting it to a non galvanic usb dac in order to minimize noise transfer?

    Of all the reviews I’ve seen so far, I’ve not seen one that goes into depth regarding the usb dac-up feature yet seem to be concentrating on the performance of onboard sound only.

  • Jesus Alejandro

    Hi guys, between this Gigabyte and the Asus Hero, which one is better choice for a gaming rig?