Gigabyte Z87 Haswell Motherboard Round-Up
Like the Z87X-UD4H, the G1.Sniper 5’s four DIMM slots support up to 32GB of DDR3-3000(OC) RAM. The IGP supports two HDMI ports and a DisplayPort, and the expansion slots can handle up to 4-way SLI or CrossFire for monster GPU setups. There are two PCIe x16 slots at x16 (even with a dual-GPU setup), two PCIe x16 slots at x8 each, and three PCIe x1 slots.
|Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processors in the LGA1150 package
Intel Z87 Express Chipset
4 x 1.5V DDR3 DIMM sockets supporting up to 32 GB of system memory
Dual channel memory architecture, support for non-ECC memory modules and XMP
Support for DDR3 3000(O.C.) / 2933(O.C.) / 2800(O.C.) / 2666(O.C.) /
2600(O.C.) / 2500(O.C.) / 2400(O.C.) / 2200(O.C.) / 2133(O.C.) / 2000(O.C.) /
1866(O.C.) / 1800(O.C.) / 1600 / 1333 MHz memory modules
2 x HDMI ports, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160
1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 3840x2160
Maximum shared memory of 1 GB
Creative Sound Core 3D chip
Support for Sound Blaster Recon3Di
High Definition Audio
Support for S/PDIF Out
1 x Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2201 chip (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN1)
1 x Intel GbE LAN phy (10/100/1000 Mbit) (LAN2)
* Teaming is not supported.
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
Bluetooth 4.0, 3.0+HS, 2.1+EDR
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x16 (PCIEX16_1, PCIEX16_2)
2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x8 (PCIEX8_1, PCIEX8_2)
3 x PCI Express x1 slots
Support for 4-Way/3-Way/2-Way AMD CrossFire/NVIDIA SLI technology
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (SATA3 0~5) supporting up to 6 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
Marvell 88SE9230 chip:
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors (GSATA3 6~9) supporting up to 4 SATA 6Gb/s devices
Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 10
Up to 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports (available through the internal USB header)
Up to 6 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)
Chipset + 2 Renesas uPD720210 USB 3.0 Hubs:
Up to 8 USB 3.0/2.0 ports
E-ATX Form Factor; 30.5cm x 26.4cm
As low as $389 currently
The rear I/O panel sports a PS/2 port, a pair of HDMI ports, DisplayPort, both a coax and an optical S/PDIF, six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two LAN ports, and five audio jacks.
One of the G1.Sniper 5’s most notable features is AMP-UP Audio. Basically, for gamers or audiophiles with specific tastes in sound chips, Gigabyte made this board so that you can actually remove the OP-AMP with the included tweezer-like tool and swap in a different one. You can buy them in a number of places, and with this feature you can easily pop a new one onto the PCB.
The G1.Sniper 5 has the same onboard button configuration as the Z87X-UD4H: power, reset, clear CMOS, BIOS switch, and SB switch, with voltage measurement points.
In the box you’ll find a pile of goodies including one additional OP-AMP chip, the IC extractor tool, wireless module, 3.5-inch front panel with a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a CrossFire connector and several SLI connectors as well as the usual manual, driver disc, quick installation guide, six SATA cables, and the I/O shield.