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Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 LGA 1155 Micro ATX Motherboard Review

Author: Steve Grever
Subject: Motherboards
Manufacturer: Gigabyte

BIOS Features and Easy Tune 6 Overview

Gigabyte UEFI BIOS

The Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 motherboard comes with a heavily-modified UEFI BIOS that Gigabyte called their patent-pending "3D BIOS". The thought process being their UEFI BIOS is to allow beginner, intermediate, and advanced PC users different options for interfacing with the BIOS.

Beginners can use the graphically-enhanced "3D Mode" BIOS that is clearly marked and organized to help new users find their way around to each hardware component the BIOS manages. Intermediate and advanced users can switch to Advanced Mode to get a traditional BIOS interface that also includes some enhanced graphics. Users but still be able to use the mouse to navigate around the BIOS in Advanced Mode as well.

The heart of this board's 3D BIOS technology is its dual physical BIOS ROMs that incorporate Gigabyte's modified UEFI BIOS. One of the benefits of a UEFI BIOS is its native support for larger hard drives in a 64-bit operating system environment.

 

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3D Mode Main Menu

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Advanced Mode Main Menu

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M.I.T. Current Status Menu

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M.I.T. Advanced Frequency Settings Menu

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M.I.T. Advanced Memory Settings Menu

 

Easy Tune 6 Application

EasyTune 6 has evolved over the years, but the it continues to be a simple and easy-to-use interface that allows users to fine-tune their system settings or perform overclocking in a Windows environment. The user interface also includes tabbed pages for CPU and memory information, letting users read their system-related information without the need to install additional software.

 

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Tuner Tab, Quick Boost Mode Options

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CPU Tab with system information

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Memory Tab with system memory information and timings table

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Graphics Tab with general GPU information

 

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Smart Tab with CPU fan information

 

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HW Monitor Tab with system voltage information

 

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Tuner Tab, CPU frequency settings (easy mode)

 

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Tuner Tab, CPU frequency settings (advanced mode)

July 3, 2012 | 10:09 AM - Posted by CoffeeKid

It would be nice if the comparison was against the ASUS Maximus V Gene. That way we can see two gaming z77 micro atx boards going head to head.

July 3, 2012 | 10:16 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

We are looking to have the board in very soon!!

July 3, 2012 | 10:53 AM - Posted by Chaitanya Shukla (not verified)

Did you notice any issues with the audio drivers? Creative is notorious for having a bad(unstable) drivers.

July 4, 2012 | 04:01 AM - Posted by rrr (not verified)

Great thing that mATX market seems to be thriving, and not just limited to ultra-low-end budget office mobos.

July 5, 2012 | 09:19 AM - Posted by chefbenito (not verified)

I definitely like this review and mATX z77. It would be great if we could push it a bit with a faster cpu/gpu config and then we can compare it to some other boards in its class. Not so sure a 5770 is uh, worthy?, either way good rev, def want to see what this board does with a fast kepler gpu and an IB part.

Thanks again!

July 15, 2012 | 03:19 PM - Posted by Steve Grever

I'd definitely like to use a higher-end GPU, but we try to evaluate the motherboard exclusively with mid-range hardware to differientate if the added performance comes from the mobo or the other hardware. =) 

July 9, 2012 | 04:02 PM - Posted by Branthog

I don't understand the market for mATX. Who is looking to make a high end gaming build -- possibly with multiple GPUs -- but has to make it in a very small form factor?!

July 15, 2012 | 03:06 PM - Posted by Steve Grever

My personal opinion is the micro ATX form factor caters mostly to LAN party gamers and HTPC builders because it is a smaller form factor that can be used in portable, lower-wattage PCs. They aren't typically used for "high end" gaming PCs, but more for gaming systems with single or dual graphics cards that aren't comparable to ATX-size boards with higher-end specs.

July 16, 2012 | 04:37 PM - Posted by Phillip Lee (not verified)

Steve - Was there contact between the CNPS12X cooler and video card? Is that why the 5770 was installed in the middle PCI express slot (x4) rather than the top PCI express x16 slot? I ask because I have this motherboard and am thinking of getting the same cooler. Any help would appreciated. Thanks

April 26, 2013 | 08:05 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It says right on the motherboard PCIEX16, 4 and 8 - not 2x16 and 1x8.

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