Gigabyte G1.Sniper X58 review -
The motherboard piece by piece
So here we have the motherboard itself, it's an impressive and overwhelming looking motherboard alright. Some of the more notable features are its design, three PCIe x16 (mechanical) slots, out of which 2 can run full speed x16 SLI (x16/x16 and then x16/x8/x8), The mobo has DDR3 2200 MHz support straight out of the BIOS, USB 3.0 and SATA 6G. We'll cover it all though, let's begin with the IO panel.
From left to right, that's a combo PS2 keyboard/mouse connector, a coaxial digital audio output, an OC button that auto overclocks the CPU a little bit, then a total of six USB ports of which the two blue colored ones are USB 3.0, the lower weird looking ports are 8.2 x eSATA/USB Combo connectors, the one ethernet jack is a Gigabit, the KillerNIC. Then all the way to the right multi-channel audio controlled by Creative Labs X-Fi with an optical TOSLINK there as well.
When we flip the board around we stumble into the processor area. Nice and spacious thanks to the cooling, a big cooler like the Noctua NH-D14 will fit there, in fact we'll be using one of these coolers today. Reasonably clean looks surround the LGA 1366 socket alright. To the upper middle of the photo we see a CPU fan header.
The board comes with 8 phase power VRM design with Dual Power Switching Technology.
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