The motherboard market is increasingly being divided into segments based on the type of consumers it caters to. Garners constitute the higher-end segment, which sits right beside the overclocker community. Gigabyte has been catering to the gaming segment with its Killer series of boards, it has the G1 Sniper 5 for the Z87 chipset. This green-and-black board sports a well-designed heat-sink around the VRM region, which, apart from the fan atop it, also has tube connectors for liquid cooling support. A heat-pipe connects the VRM beatsink with the chipset’s heatsink, which has the G1 Killer branding. It supports 4-way GPU setup with possible combinations of x16/x0/x0/x0, x16/ x0/x16/x0, x16/x0/x8/x8, and x8/x8/x8/x8 for single, dual, three-way and four-way GPU setups, respectively. The board is laid out well and there’s enough clearance around the CPU region. Also, the PCIe x16 slots are placed at a respectable distance from each other to ensure that no slot is covered by large dual-slot cards. The board comes with dedicated power, reset and CMOS clear buttons, and you will also find voltage check points below these buttons.
The audio section of the Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5 houses a Creative SoundCore 3D chip. Not only is it electronically isolated from the rest of the motherboard (to isolate the analogue signals in the audio section from the digital noise signals from the rest of the board), but you can also change the operational amplifiers for analogue headphones. Gigabyte bundles two op-amps, but you can use any one as per your taste.
The G1 Sniper 5 has two LAN ports, and one of these is controlled by a Killer E2200 NIC, which is a plus for LAN garners. It also packs a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapter that fits onto one PCIe x1 slot.
Gigabyte has completely revamped the UEFI BIOS. It looks much more pleasant, and is more customisable than the older 3D BIOS. You can add shortcuts, save profiles, monitor your system settings from the home page, and do much more. The accompanying utilities bundled with the board are much easier to navigate and use, and the common theme and design connecting the utilities is pleasing to the eye. In terms of ease of use and the sheer number of options, the Gigabyte utilities are-second only to the Asus Al Suite III.