Onboard Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) with X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity™ and EAX® AHD 5.0™
GIGABYTE G1.Killer series motherboards are the world’s only gaming motherboards to feature Creative’s top-of-the-line Soundblaster Digital Audio Processor (20K2) onboard with X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity® and EAX® Advanced HD™ 5.0 technologies, allowing you to experience sound in your gaming world exactly as you would in real life. Dedicated 128Mb memory for Creative Digital Audio Processor (20k2) to reduce CPU resource consumption
Center/Sub woofer Line out (Rear) Side Surround L & R Rear L &R Line out (Front) Built-in Front Audio Amplifiers Specially designed for gamers, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 utilizes 5 high capacity amplifiers which are able to drive 150Ω loads. This allows gamers to enjoy a fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion when using high quality professional headphones.
Built-in Front Audio Headphone Amplifiers Fuller range of dynamic sound with crisper details and less distortion for high quality professional headphones Wide Band-width Crystal Low noise High slew rate Low distortion
Nichicon High-end Audio Capacitors The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 uses Nichicon MUSE ES series and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors at each channel layout delivering the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers. NICHICON MUSE ES series NICHICON MW series
Improved EMI and Power Shielding 100% Copper Shielding 100% copper shielding around the audio components improves EMI shielding and protects against other power interference to provide the highest quality sound resolution for a distortion-free audio listening experience. EMI and Power Interference Shielding
EAX® AHD 5.0™ Technologies EAX® AHD 5.0™ EAX® (Environmental Audio Extendion) is a collection of powerful, innovative audio technologies that bring true interactive 3D audio to PC gaming and helps create more ambience within games by more accurately simulating a real-world audio environment. 128 Voices Up to 128 voices are applicable simultaneously. This enables more sound effects to be played simultaneously for detailed and rich game audio, as well as dynamic music that matches the mood and urgency of the on-screen action. EAX PurePath Delivers accurate surround sound, as well as a dedicated bass feed for an incredibly explosive audio experience. It controls sounds according to the speaker system, up to the 7.1 channel system. EAX Voice Gamers can hear their voice with the same effects as the environment their character is in. Furthermore, if the game title supports “3D Voice Over IP” then other players in the game will be able to hear their voice coming from the correct direction.
X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity® is a suite of technologies that deliver premium quality surround sound to your ears, whether it is through headphones, stereo or surround speakers and helps to restore compressed digital audio to pristine audio with stunning clarity. Onboard Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor X-Fi Crystalizer™ Restores the detail and vibrance to your compressed music and movies. All the highs and lows are intelligently enhanced so you’ll hear everything in crystal clarity
X-Fi CMSS®-3D Headphone Expands your music or sound away from your earphones, giving you an ultra realistic surround sound over headphones. X-Fi CMSS-3D Surround Expands your stereo MP3s and digital movies into surround sound over multichannel speakers, stereo speakers or even headphones. X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual Expands your stereo MP3s and digital movies into virtual surround sound over stereo speakers. X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual Expands your stereo MP3s and digital movies into virtual surround sound over stereo speakers. Onboard Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor
Dolby® Digital Live and DTS™ Connect Dolby® Digital Live A real-time encoding technology, Dolby Digital Live converts any audio signal into a Dolby Digital bitstream for transport and playback through a home theater system. With it, your PC or game console can be hooked up to your Dolby Digital-equipped audio/video receiver or digital speaker system via a single digital connection, eliminating the confusion of multiple cables and ensuring the integrity of the audio signal. DTS™ Connect DTS Connect is the perfect solution to enhance your entertainment experience using your home theater's Audio/Video Receiver. DTS Connect is comprised of two DTS technologies including DTS Neo: PC™ which takes 2-channel (stereo) audio and transforms it into a full-bandwidth matrix of your speaker layout (up to 7.1 channels) and DTS Interactive™ which encodes digital audio sources into DTS Digital Surround, which can then stream out to your Audio/Video Receiver using a S/PDIF connection.
Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform Killer™ E2100 Dedicated NPU Only motherboard manufacturer to seriously address online gaming network lag issues by implementing the Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform Killer™ E2100 Dedicated DDR Dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) with dedicated 1Gb DDR2 memory helps offload network traffic from the CPU, freeing it up to do other important computing tasks
Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform Game Networking DNA™ Bigfoot Network’s exclusive Game Networking DNA™ software offloads gaming data directly to the NPU by bypassing the Windows Network Stack, delivering tremendous speed benefits which allow you to move quicker, shoot faster and win bigger.
Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform Up to 10X Faster Ping Whether you’re playing MMOs or first-person shooters, the Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 game networking platform delivers fast networking with a new level of online gaming performance and an up to 10% faster average ping than a traditional standard network interface
Bigfoot Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform Benefits Intelligence - Killer™ E2100 hardware identifies and accelerates traffic to your game with Advanced Game Detect™ for unmatched online gaming performance Maximum Control: Advanced Stream Detect - Intelligently prioritize important streams, such as games, HD video, video chat and high-quality streaming audio users can enjoy silky-smooth online gaming, stutter-free streaming entertainment and crystal-clear voice chat - all at the same time. Visual Bandwidth Control™ - users have the power to adjust bandwidth for ANY network stream. Download files, play online games or even watch a video all at the same time – it’s all possible now with the Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform. Visibility – Monitor and manage the health and performance of your gaming rig with at-a-glance Online Gaming PC Monitor™
Front Access Control Panel Convenient Front Access Control Panel for 2 USB 3.0 ports and Power eSATA, as well as Quick Boost button, allowing gamers to instantaneously overclock their system with a single press of a button Power eSATA Port
SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Integration of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for up to 4 ports (2 front panel, 2 back panel), and an unprecedented 3x USB power boost on all USB ports for the most power hungry USB devices 1 2 3 4 1 2
Locked and Loaded Thermal Design
5 Smart Fan Design 5 strategically placed Smart Fan pin headers with individual thermal sensors which allow for more precise control of system and CPU fans further helping to eliminate heat
5 Smart Fan Connectors on board FAN 1 connector FAN 2 connector CPU FAN connector FAN 3 connector FAN 4 connector
GIGABYTE Maximum CPU Power
Longer Life time
Better Power Efficiency
GIGABYTE delivers better durability and longer component lifespan with the industry’s first Auto Dual Power Switching design.
Power Layer Ground Layer 2 oz Copper PCB Design 1 oz Copper PCB Design
PCB electrical waste is reduced by 50%
Improved signal quality
Reduced temperature around critical onboard components
Electrons Traveling Through the Copper The Difference 2X Copper PCBs Make Electrons Traveling Through the Copper
Driver MOSFETs Higher power loss Lower power efficiency Traditional Driver MOSFET HOT!
- Lower power loss!
- Higher power efficiency!
The advantages of Driver MOSFETs include: PWM PWM
GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ with 3TB+ HDD Support GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ is a patented technology that automatically recovers BIOS data when the main BIOS has crashed or failed. Featuring 2 physical BIOS ROMs integrated onboard, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ allows quick and seamless recovery from BIOS damage or failure due to viruses or improper BIOS updating. In addition, GIGABYTE DualBIOS™ now supports booting from hard drives that are 3TB (terabytes) or more without the need for partitioning, and effectively provides future-proofing for higher volume single drive data storage.
With multi-GPU and PCIe Gen 3 support, GIGABYTE G1.Killer motherboards deliver maximum FPS (frames per second), allowing gamers to see more clearly, aim faster, and move more quickly
Multiple Display Support with 2-way CrossFire X™ and SLI ™
Support for PCI Express Gen.3 The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper2 is one of the first motherboards to provide gamers with the latest Gen.3 PCI Express technology, delivering maximum data bandwidth for the latest discrete graphics cards PCI Express Gen. 2 = 5.0GT/s = 4Gb/s PCI Express Gen. 3 = 8.0GT/s = ~ 8Gb/s Approx. double the potential data bandwidth!
Virtu™ GPU Virtualization Software Switchable Graphics with LucidLogix Virtu GPU Virtualization GIGABYTE Internal Use Only Lucid Virtu has been designed for the Z68 platform with Intel ®2nd Generation Core™ i3, i5 and i7 CPUs. Allows users to dynamically switch between built-in graphics and high-end, 3D discrete graphics cards Switch to Built-In graphics for Intel Quick Sync and for Power Savings Switch to Discrete Graphics Card for 3D DX11 Graphics Realism
Unique GIGABYTE Features
A revolutionary new way to tweak your system now available from GIGABYTE.
Touch BIOS ™ features:
Fully accessible from within OS
No need to enter into BIOS level ever again
Easier to use and more functional than EFI BIOS
Fully customizable UI
Screen capture support
Integrated with other exclusive GIGABYTE software utilities (ET6, @BIOS…)
Introducing a New ERA of BIOS Tweaking: ‘Touch BIOS ™ ’
Special feature 1: Touch Screen Support GIGABYTE Touch BIOS ™ fully supports any ‘Touch Screen’ monitor, which allows users to tweak their PC BIOS with the touch of a finger Introducing a New ERA of BIOS Tweaking: ‘Touch BIOS™’
Intel Smart Response Technology Affordable SSD-Like Performance Intel Smart Response allows users to experience system performance similar to SSD-only systems by using intelligent block-based caching of frequently used applications to improve system performance and responsiveness by up to 60%. Users can also enjoy up to 4X hard dive performance compared to standard 7,000 rpm drive only systems.
EZ Smart Response - Smart Response in Just One Step! GIGABYTE EZ Smart Response is a more user-friendly and fully automated way to install Intel® Smart Response without having to perform an operating system reinstallation and BIOS re-configuration .
EZ Smart Response Negates RAID Mode Issues Systems that have hard drive configured to IDE/ACHI mode need a complete Windows re-install or suffer boot failure once reset to RAID mode EZ Smart Response easily negates this issue and can be employed regardless of disk drive configuration IDE / ACHI mode Switch to RAID mode in BIOS Hard drive boot failure
GIGABYTE ON/OFF Charge Delivers the best recharging capabilities for iPad , iPhone and iPod Touch GIGABYTE Internal Use Only
Cloud OC: Key Features & Benefits What is Cloud OC ? Cloud OC allows users to ‘ Remotely ’ control their PC via ANY device with a web browser Users can use either Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth or any other protocol to establish an internet connection or PAN (personal area network) link to the motherboard.
The benefits of Cloud OC :
Able to monitor system hardware status while running benchmarks in full screen mode
Real-time OC on the fly, even mid benchmark!
Remotely control system power states: shut down, restart, suspend, and hibernate
GIGABYTE Internal Use Only
Benefits of Using Hotkey OC Convenient Real-time OC Higher Scores Works in both open/closed chassis environments BCLK, CPU multiplier, voltages changes in real-time optimizing benchmark results Works on all GIGABYTE motherboards with EasyTune 6 Open Switch to dedicated profile settings for different benchmarks instantly for scoring higher results
CPU Overclocking Button Press this button to overclock your CPU. Button will light blue. To return to the defaults, press this button again CPU overclocking (Quick Boost) button that allows you to quickly overclock your CPU in the operation system without the need for a system reboot User-Friendly Overclocking Design
Enhanced Visual Features
Onboard Visual Features High Definition Multimedia Interface HDMI 1.4 supports Full HD 1080p HD content and HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) for Blu-ray and other protected contents formats
Graphics Dynamic Frequency and Power Sharing
Intel® HD Graphics with Dynamic Frequency delivers a graphics performance boost to graphics intensive applications
Power sharing algorithm works in concert with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 to deliver performance when and where needed
Note1: Power Sharing shown here with Single Core Turbo is only for illustrative purposes. Power Sharing can also occur when other cores are active as long as thermal headroom exists Note2: Sandy Bridge is a monolithic die with processor graphics. Graphics Core shown above as separate from CPU Cores is only for illustrative purposes . Idle mode Base Frequencies CPU Turbo bins & Graphics Dynamic Frequency (with Dynamic Range) Performance boost for graphics intensive applications when power and thermal headroom exists CPU Cores Gfx Core
Seamless Visual Experience: Intel® Quick Sync Video Create & Edit Sync & Share Edit your camcorder and personal videos faster and create your own home movies Convert your videos blazingly fast for syncing them from your PC to your mobile player or sharing them online
Breakthrough Media Processing for incredibly fast Editing and Sharing Seamless Visual Experience: Intel® Quick Sync Video Intel Quick Sync Video delivers up to 5X faster media processing than any other solution for incredibly fast conversion of video files
- Stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray playback in full high definition resolution (1080p) on your TV over HDMI 1.4 - More energy efficient playback and greater headroom for multi-tasking Seamless Visual Experience Intel® InTru™ 3D: Stereoscopic 3D on Blu-Ray playback Monsters vs Aliens – Blu-ray Stereo 3D * 2nd Generation Intel Core™ Processors offer an outstanding Blu-Ray Stereo 3D experience with HDMI 1.4
Seamless Visual Experience Intel Advanced Vector Extensions* (AVX) AVX Website: http://software.intel.com/sites/avx/ Faster Performance Improves floating point intensive applications such as audio processing and audio codecs, image and video editing applications, financial services analysis and modeling software, and manufacturing and engineering software* Power Efficient Increased performance with minimal power gains * Requires software optimized to take advantage of the new instructions New Instructions Accelerate Floating Point and Vector Computing Intensive Applications
Processor Intel Core i7/Core i5/Core i3 processors with socket LGA1155 Chipset Intel Z68 Chipset Creative CA20K2 chip Bigfoot Killer E2100 chip Marvell 9172 SATA 3 controller Memory Supports 2 Channel DDR3 with 4 DIMM slots Expansion Slots 1x PCI Express x16 slots (x16) 1 x PCI Express x16 slots (x8) 2 x PCI Express x1 slots 2 x PCI slots Internal I/O Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connectorŠŠ 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connectorŠŠ 4 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors ŠŠ 3 x SATA 3Gb/s connectorsŠŠ 1 x CPU fan headerŠŠ 4 x system fan headersŠŠ 1 x front panel headerŠŠ 1 x front panel audio headerŠŠ 1 x S/PDIF Out headerŠŠ 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 headersŠŠ 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 headerŠŠ 1 x serial port headerŠŠ 1 x Trusted Platform Module (TPM) headerŠŠ 1 x clearing CMOS jumperŠŠ 1 x heatsink LED power connectorŠŠ 1 x CPU overclocking button header Rear I/O Connectors 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 portsŠŠ 1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse portŠŠ 1 x CPU overclocking buttonŠŠ 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connectorŠŠ 1 x eSATA/USB Combo connectorŠŠ 1 x HDMI portŠŠ 2 x USB 3.0/2.0 portsŠŠ 1 x RJ-45 portŠŠ 5 x audio jacks G1.Sniper 2 Specifications GIGABYTE Internal Use Only