Gigabyte G1.Sniper M3 LGA 1155 Micro ATX Motherboard Review
3DMark11 measures your PC’s gaming performance and makes extensive use of all the new features in DirectX 11 including tessellation, compute shaders, and multi-threading.
A reliable and popular benchmark, 3DMark Vantage can provide a good insight into the overall gaming performance of a system.
Dirt 3 is a rallying video game and the third in the Dirt series of the Colin McRae Rally series, developed and published by Codemasters. The game was released in Europe and North America on May 24, 2011.
Crysis 2 is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts in March 2011 for Microsoft Windows. The game is the second installment of the Crysis series and is the sequel to the 2007 video game Crysis and its expansion Crysis Warhead.
Gamers are the primary demographic Gigabyte is marketing the G1.Sniper M3 toward so we chose a few of our favorite PC titles like Crysis 2 and Dirt 3 as well as a couple synthetic benchmarks like 3DMark11 and 3DMark Vantage to evaluate how it handles gaming in general. Overall, the results less than stellar compared to the P8Z77-V Deluxe. The G1.Sniper M3's scores were 2.8 percent lower in 3DMark11 and about 4.6 percent in 3DMark Vantage. In real-world testing, the results were much more comparable as the G1.Sniper M3 averaged about two frames per second lower in Dirt 3 and averaged one FPS higher in Crysis 2. While the synthetic gaming benchmarks suggest a larger performance gap between these two boards, the real-world testing paints a better picture of how these boards perform in actual games. I typically put more stock into real-world testing as a better measurement, so I'm going to give the G1.Sniper M3 higher marks in our evaluation of its prowess as a gamer-focused motherboard.