GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, announced the launch of the new G1.Sniper 2 motherboard, the latest G1-Killer Series motherboard designed for extreme gaming on the latest Intel® Z68 chipset and Intel® i7 Core ‘Sandy Bridge’ processors. Featuring several state-of-the-art onboard solutions from renowned industry leaders Creative and Bigfoot Networks, as well as many additional and exclusive GIGABYTE features, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard takes no prisoners in its quest for gaming supremacy.
“The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 brings our acclaimed no mercy G1-Killer gaming philosophy to Intel’s mainstream Z68 platform”, commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard Business Unit. “From listening closely to the gaming community, it’s clear that this is an eagerly anticipated motherboard, and one that will guarantee the fearlessly uncompromising gaming experience that so many of our customers crave.”
“Intel is pleased to see GIGABYTE extend its G1-Killer series to the high performance Intel® Z68 Chipset platform”, said Zane Ball, General Manager of Intel Desktop Platforms. “In combination with our 2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors, the new GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard will offer an incredibly potent platform for today’s hardcore gamers.”
“We’re excited to continue our great working relationship with GIGABYTE to give gamers the competitive advantage of Sound Blaster audio on the G1.Sniper 2 Gaming Motherboard,” said Steve Erickson, VP and GM of audio and video at Creative. “When it comes to extreme gaming, dedicated Sound Blaster X-Fi 20K2 onboard processing with EAX 5.0 technology blows away the performance of any integrated chipset with host audio on the market.”
“GIGABYTE continues to push the boundaries of performance and functionality with their new Z68-based G1.Sniper 2 gaming motherboard” said Michael Howse, CEO of Bigfoot Networks. “Designed for online gamers and media junkies, it includes our latest Killer™ E2100 Gaming Platform for smarter, faster networking. And with our new Advanced Stream Detect™ technology, GIGABYTE’s new G1.Sniper 2 motherboard provides unparalleled networking performance for online games, streaming media and real-time communications.”
GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 Key Features
2-way CrossFireX™ and 2-way SLI™ Support
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 is equipped to help extreme gamers see the enemy through the fog, offering the utmost graphics flexibility and upgradeability with multiple GPU support, that includes two PCI Express slots for both AMD CrossFire™ X and Nvidia SLI™ technologies in 2-way discrete card configurations. The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard delivers maximum FPS (frames per second), allowing gamers to see more clearly, aim faster, and move more quickly.
PCI Express Gen. 3 Support
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 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.
Onboard Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2)
Being able to hear where your enemy is located before you see them can put you at a distinct advantage in most gaming situations. That is why GIGABYTE has rigged the G1.Sniper 2 motherboard with the industry’s most advanced audio solutions to give you the highest caliber audio experience. The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard, as a member of the GIGABYTE G1-Killer series, is one of 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.
Built-in Front Audio Headphone Amplifier
Specially designed for gamers, the GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard utilizes a high capacity amplifier which is able to drive 150Ω loads, allowing gamers to enjoy a fuller range of dynamic, crisp sound when using high quality professional headphones.
Nichicon High-end Audio Capacitors
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 motherboard utilizes the highest quality Nichicon MUSE ES series and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors at each channel layout. These professional audio capacitors deliver the highest quality sound resolution and sound expansion to create the most realistic sound effects for professional gamers.
EMI and Power Interference Shielding
100% copper shielding around the audio components improves EMI shielding and protects against other power interference, providing the highest quality sound resolution for a distortion-free audio listening experience.
Onboard Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform
GIGABYTE is the only motherboard manufacturer to seriously address online gaming network lag issues by implementing the Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 Game Networking Platform directly onboard the G1.Sniper 2 series motherboard. Utilizing a unique combination of dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) and exclusive Killer™ Network Manager software, the Bigfoot Networks Killer™ E2100 is designed to provide the best online experience possible for online gamers.
Killer™ E2100 Dedicated NPU
Dedicated Network Processing Unit (NPU) with 1Gb of dedicated DDR2 memory helps offload network traffic from the CPU, freeing it up to do other important computing tasks.
Killer Network Manager
Built from the ground up for unequalled speed, intelligence and control over online game data and streaming media, Killer™ Network Manager is the network control center for the G1.Sniper 2 motherboard. This unique and exclusive application shows the networking health and performance of the G1.Sniper 2 and provides all the tools needed to manage and optimize the network connection for online games and streaming entertainment.
Advanced Stream Detect
Bigfoot Advanced Stream Detect is at the heart of Killer™ Networking Platform, intelligently prioritizing important streams, such as games, HD video, video chat and high-quality streaming audio. Now, users can enjoy silky-smooth online gaming, stutter-free streaming entertainment and crystal-clear voice chat – all at the same time. With 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.
Locked and Loaded Heatpipe Design
The GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 2 features the distinctive heatpipe design that identifies all GIGABYTE G1-Killer series motherboards. You’ll soon find that it is as deadly to heat as it looks.
By effectively spreading the heat from the critical areas of the motherboard such as the CPU VRM zone and quickly dissipating it, all GIGABYTE G1-Killer series motherboards remain cool, even when the battle heats up. Modeled after common firearms issued to soldiers deployed to a warzone, including pistol, rifle and ammo magazine, the Locked and Loaded heatpipe design utilizes a unique fluting technology similar to a rifle barrel fluting, which allows for maximum heat dispersion.