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Gigabyte G1.Sniper.2 Z68 Motherboard Review

If you are looking for a new board for the upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and you really want to go all out, I highly recommend taking a look at this motherboard. Gigabyte has been really good at giving the enthusiast community the kinds of features that they really want. By B. Ramirez

Let’s first have a look at the Intel Z68 Chipset features before we get into the specifics of the new Gigabyte G1 Sniper 2. A primary feature of this chipset is its support for Intel’s second generation of Core processors. What this means is that this board is able to take advantage of all of the new features of Intel’s Core I series 1155 socket processors. Turbo Boost 2.0 and support for Intel’s Pentium and Celeron 1155 socket processors is also featured in this new chipset.

Intel’s Smart Response Technology is a feature that we’ve covered here quite a bit. This feature gives the user the ability to pair a small SSD drive with a larger mechanical drive and get nearly the performance of a stand-alone SSD drive. This can be an incredibly cost effective way to boost performance without having to pay for a larger, more expensive SSD drive. This really shows Intel’s commitment to give their customers cost effective storage solutions that also perform really well.

Another feature of these second generation processors is their support for Intel’s embedded graphics solution. This can also be a great way to save money and energy. With this feature you will be able to use Intel’s HD graphics without the need for either motherboard integrated graphics, or a discrete graphics card. This is another way that Intel is showing their ability to remain on the cutting edge of computing and technological advances that can produce cost and energy savings. Intel’s Sandy Bridge processors were the first to feature embedded HD graphics.

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