The Clash of the Titans   Gigabyte G1.Assassin Reviewed

Targetted at gamers, the G1.Assassin Motherboard is an extremely popular product in the market. Today, the G1.Assassin Motherboard is put side by side with one of their competitors and we will find out just which of the two is better. Get ready for some cold-blooded action from the G1.Assassin as he shows us how it's done. 

Introduction

The G1 Killer, as the name suggests, is Gigabyte's first series of motherboard aimed solely at professional gamers. The G1 Killer comes in 3 flavours, namely the Assassin, Sniper and Guerrilla. +1 to Gigabyte for renaming the motherboards into something much cooler and easier to remember since generic naming styles such as "GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3" are a pain to say out.

G1Series The Clash of the Titans   Gigabyte G1.Assassin Reviewed

Fighting through the late game, the G1.Assassin will be one tough guy to handle. With a large market tending towards the newer P67 platform, is there still space in the market for any new X58 motherboards? We all know that the X79 will be arriving in the 4th Quarter this year. Would you go for the newer and more efficient sandy bridge architecture or the current high end nahalem architecture? If you already have an affection towards the Sandy Bridge platform, the Assassin and other G1.Killer motherboards may change your mind.

 The Clash of the Titans   Gigabyte G1.Assassin Reviewed

The G1.Assassin is one huge motherboard in terms of size. It has a XL-ATX form factor which may not fit into most mid tower cases. So do make sure that your case fits the motherboard of size 345mm x 262mm before purchasing this product. 

Specifications

CPU Support Intel® Core™ i7 Processors
CPU Socket LGA1366
QPI/FSB 4.8GT/s, 6.4GT/s
Chipset X58+ICH10R
Graphics Interface 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot  (2×16, 2×8)
Memory Type 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot  (2×16, 2×8) 3 Channel DDR3 2200/1600/1333MHz 
Memory DIMM 4*PCI-E 2.0 x16 slot  (2×16, 2×8) 3 Channel DDR3 2200/1600/1333MHz 6*DDR3 (Max 24 GB) 
Expansion Slots 2*PCI-Ex1+ 1*PCI
ATA connector 2* SATA 6Gb/s+6* SATA 3Gb/s+ 1*Power eSATA (front bezel)
SATA RAID RAID 0,1,5,10, JBOD
USB 3.0 8 (4 front, 4 rear)
USB 2.0 8 (4 front, 4 rear)
Audio  Creative HW audio 20K2
Front audio headphone amplifier
Nichicon MUSE capacitor
LAN Bigfoot Killer™ 2100
HW OC botton Yes (front bezel)
Features & Software 16 power phase, Dual Power, 3 way SLI™, 4 way CrossFire™ X, Driver MOSFET, X-Fi, EAX, Dolby, DTS, 3TB+ HDD,On/Off charge, USB 3.0,USB 3x power, Smart6, UD3,DES2 

 

After looking at its specifications, you'll understand why it's no ordinary motherboard. For the first time, a high end Audio chipset, the Creative 20K2 is used and built into the motherboard itself. A total of 8 USB 3.0 ports are just overkill but you wont find anyone complaining. Bigfoot Killer E2100 Network Processing Unit sure explains to you why gamers have to get their hands on this state of the art equipment. To read up more about the features, view pages 4 and 5.