Unlike the last generation of X58 G1 Killer motherboards, Gigabyte is jumping feet first into the high-end Z68 market with the new G1.Sniper 2. However, support for Virtu switchable graphics are only supported through an HDMI connector and a high price is almost guaranteed.
GIGABYTE TECHNOLGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today 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.”
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