As the reviews keep coming out on Ivy Bridge and now its supported motherboards we have seen a few different varieties from a few different manufactures, but only 1 other mATX board so far the ASUS Gene, this is the 2nd one we have seen so far and this one is based off the popular Killer series by Gigabyte. The thing is in past releases the Killer series of motherboards have been geared for the high-end elite gamer, but from the specs the Sniper M3 seems to be a bit of a different animal and I am not sure if it is supposed to be a entry level Killer board or what as its specs differ from any other Killer series motherboard I have reviewed to date. The previous Assassin, Sniper, Gorilla all had features that were above their channel product stack and made them excellent segment boards for the folks at Gigabyte and the end user who favored Gigabyte as their personal brand!
If you are the type of user who wants to consolidate on space than building yourself a smaller than standard ATX system may be just the thing for you and taking that in mind Gigabyte has now developed a motherboard for the mATX standard that will fit in a mid tower or slightly small case, which in turn takes up less real estate. Gigabyte is known to make good motherboards and in fact my last 2 Hackintosh systems both used Gigabyte motherboards in their builds so they are flexible to say the least. Overclocking Ivy Bridge CPUs so far has been a mixed bag as with excellent aftermarket cooling we were able to get solid results, but on air testing we are finding the new i7 3770 to be a bit hotter than its Sandy Bridge predecessor. Overclocking is not the end all / be all of motherboards and CPU testing, but for those who really like to tweak their systems it does become a paramount concern. For Ivy its best to cool with Liquid if you want really good OC results. For now lets take a closer look at what come under the hood of the all new Sniper M3 geared for the gamer and priced to be affordable, lets jump in!