Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 Review

The development of motherboard segment was always characterized by experiments and competition. In earlier times manufacturers tried to differentiate their products by color and delivery set configurations. Nowadays the conjuncture seems to be quite similar, although contemporary technological approaches presuppose the development of motherboards from scratch, while the remnants from the past used ready-made base. Motherboard Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 belongs to the generation of exclusive products with solid and high-end components, as well as original design.



Design and Framework


Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 design is differentiated by the predominance of dark colors, but due to the bright-green radiator embedding, PEG-slots and memory slots coloring, the motherboard looks brisk. Enlarged dimensions are considered to be the major distinction of this motherboard from other products. This model is developed in XL-ATX form-factor that can be compatible only with full-tower casings. The …

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Internal structure

The motherboard compartment is located above the power supply unit. In this regard, everything is quite standard for a Mid Tower class. A large cutout is made in a tray behind a CPU socket, to allow installation of a CPU cooling system directly into the case; a backplate mount (thrust-pad located on the back side of the motherboard) is used for this purpose.


The four large slots in a tray, equipped with the silicone membrane, are designed for proper cable management which looks very promising here. Plugs of expansion slots are attached by thumbscrews. The front part holds a hard disks’ basket for three drives.


At the back side a slot in a tray can be clearly seen to access cable management system slot. Also, the rear side contains two tool kits for installation of solid-state drives and size 2.5" hard disks.


The side cover is made of 0.7 mm steel, and from the inside has a thick vibration and noise absorbing coating. The recess in the …

Meet New External HDD Armor A30 from Silicon Power

Silicon Power, a renowned manufacturer of flash-memory devices, is going to release a new external HDD, entitled Armor A30. The drive features 134x87.5x18.6 mm dimensions and is estimated to operate at +5-+55 C temperatures. The most outstanding peculiarity pertained to Armor A30 is its compliance with MIL-STD 810G Method 516.6 Procedure IV standard. This implies the drive is housed in a super-solid ‘silica gel’ case that is able to survive the fall from a height of 122 cm, strong vibrations, temperature alterations, and to resist dust and water.



Silicon Power armor A30 will be available in two capacities (500 GB and 1 TB) and two color variations (white and black). All the models employ high-speed USB 3.0 interface and offer some notable performance. Hence, these HDDs feature maximal 5 Gb/sec data transfer speed (USB 3.0 interface) and up to 480 MB/sec (USB 2.0 interface). It should be stressed that the drive receives power via USB interface as well and is compatible with …
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