Gigabyte G1 Assassin Review


Gigabyte G1 Assassin


There is no denying that todays review was slightly different than the norm. With so many modern systems being within a gnats chuff of each other we really wanted to give a range of results, rather than try and find the nth of a percentage difference between two identical performers.

Hopefully it's been as fun for you as it has been for us. Before we get to the meat of the conclusion we wanted to say how well the XSPC water-cooling kit performed. Between the tests and building, and various things that we do in the course of a review, the CPU block was on and off like a honeymooners underthings. Not once did we encounter any issues at all and it was a joy to work with.

It was also great to get a chance to build a full system rather than the more open-plan nature of our bench setup, and whilst the incredible green of the CoolerMaster case might not be to everyones taste, there is argument about how great the internals look. Especially when powered up.

As for the Gigabyte G1.Assassin itself there is very little we can add to the clear results from the previous pages.

Packaging is absolutely superb. Gigabyte have taken the Military theme and really run with it. From the ammo box look of the outside, to the MARPAT style box it really builds up anticipation for the board itself. Even the accessories package is fantastic and whilst we personally wouldn't put fake bullet holes on our cases, we understand many can't wait to do so.

Of course it would all be for nought of the board itself was a plain affair, but the design of the heatsinks is spectacular. We can't recall such a holistic design carried even to the heatsinks. Normally companies stick with a colour-scheme at most, but Gigabyte have gone all out and get the deserved plaudits.

We could almost stop there because we know there are many who buy things purely for the aesthetics, but the G1.Assassin isn't all show and no go. No siree Bob.

At stock it's pretty much what we'd expect. There or thereabouts with the rest of the X58 boards. Hence us wanting to try something different. Overclocking was a joy and we managed to obtain the highest overclock we've seen out of our Core i7-980X CPU. The i7-950 managed to overclock to the same high level as we've seen from other premium boards, and the Gigabyte handled them all with aplomb.

However if you're looking to buy this to solely run a single card you're somewhat missing the point and might be better served by the Sniper. This is all about multiple GPUs and although we only tested in SLI here, there is not a single doubt that the Gigabyte Assassin is THE go to choice if you want the very best.

We saw as close to 100% scaling as you're ever likely to see in our gaming tests, and if that doesn't cock your pistol we can't imagine what will. That's without mentioning the KillerNIC, the Creative chip, the multiple SATA3 and USB3.0 ports, 16 phase power circuitry. Really the list of features is near endless.

Of course a premium product comes with a premium price-tag and the Assassin is no different weighing in at a hefty £420. With the X58 replacement on the horizon it could be argued that it's not a wise investment for those who want endless upgradeability. But that isn't what this is about. This is about owning the absolute best, no compromises, right now.

Despite the price-tag it's a clear and easy winner of the OC3D Gold Award. We only wish more companies would put the same amount of effort into giving us a product which not only looks good but performs well. And most importantly, isn't blue or red.


Thanks to Gigabyte, and the various other partners, for providing the hardware for todays review. Discuss in our forums.

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21-02-2011, 06:03:06

It's been a while since we've seen a new X58 motherboard, and Gigabyte have just solved that with one of the highest spec models we've ever seen. The Assassin.

Continue ReadingQuote

21-02-2011, 06:36:35

Great review, nice to see x58 stuff. I'm sick to death of seeing sandy bridge reviews and all its problems. Not sure about the price though seen it on various sites for around £450. Looking forward to seeing reviews of the cheaper Sniper & Guerilla boards.

Love the Assassin build videos watched them all multiple timesQuote

21-02-2011, 06:44:26

The board is immense so the price fits it quite right. I would have anything against if it would be cheaper so I could replace my ep43 ds3l with it Quote

21-02-2011, 08:08:51

i was looking forward to this review fella, and you didn't let us down - that board is a beastQuote

21-02-2011, 08:41:52

Looks fantastic.

As for P67, it's still a viable option for noobs, I hope. Especially if we don't use the S2 ports.Quote

21-02-2011, 08:44:39

Silly Magazine heatsink (IMHO) or not, this board is indeed a beast and well worth the money, if you can afford it

I missed out on X58 and went strait from 775 and P45 to P67 and 1155 but if I hadn't done that I probably would have gone for this board.Quote

21-02-2011, 09:01:39

That rig hits my sweet spot in so many ways. First its pretty, its mean, its lean, and its black with green. Put it on the runway. The benchmarks were what I was waiting to see and I was happily grinning to see 'em, very nice. I mean, being able to run any of my games at those settings, with those framerates... that's LAN intimidating, friend smashing, and giggling like a maniac fun. The onboard sound was the final kicker for me. That just saves you a couple hundred bucks to turn around for SSDs or the watercooling etc etc. About the only thing I'd do if I were lucky enuff to be able to afford such a monster would be the case. I'd be pondering, and have been pondering on what I'd do to make the case even more match what's inside. And then I realized... I'd distress the paintjob and make it look like its been thru "heck". I do like the case, and the color scheme all told is very nice... but a little bit of stressing done with some imagination would really bring out something .. "else"? hehe. just my humble opinion, its just the green is sooo bright. I would prefer it a tad muted. so.. picky picky. But, just dreaming anyway.Quote

21-02-2011, 09:50:43

Great review and indeed green team all the way. Although the case you used not mine style but that board looks friggin awesome.

Now I have a Q for ya TinyTom, what would you prefer, this gigabyte board or a EVGA classified board ?.

I`ll take your advise thoug a 970, a couple of dominators and some green stuff.Quote

21-02-2011, 09:53:03

If only i had the money. Can't wait to see ehat Gigabyte come up with the 1155!


21-02-2011, 10:15:23

This is availabe for purchasing now?Quote

21-02-2011, 10:27:17

Originally Posted by VSOP View Post

This is availabe for purchasing now?
Pre Order only atm.Quote

21-02-2011, 11:11:08

Damn, that's one hefty price tag. I'd love to get it, but I'm too poor

Here's hoping the Sniper is affordable for me xDQuote

21-02-2011, 11:14:36

Great board and great review . Love the content that you were putting on YouTube aswell.Quote

21-02-2011, 12:09:57

Nice gear, nice review. I did a comparison. I know that rig'll eat multimedia, 3D animation and stuff. My test was for FPS today gaming AvP benchmark. 1920x1080p, i5 750 @ 4Ghz and 2 480's @ 850mhz the difference was 2-18 FPS i think. FPS gain was slower. I enjoy overclocking and when the PC buzz'd and froze

A good overclocker motherboard is necessary, the root of the computer.

+???? lots of points for that ASSASSIN G1

Thanks OC3D my overclocks are OC3D enhanced


21-02-2011, 12:56:18

If they removed the stanag mag and the network adaptor and put a standard one on too drop the price a bit I would be much more interested in it Quote

21-02-2011, 13:28:29

do want.Quote

21-02-2011, 17:22:06

Think stick to the rampage extreme 3 at that price point and spend my cash on the new priced dropped i7 970!Quote

21-02-2011, 23:03:51

Them Metro 2033 results are excellent. Is it tested with Advanced DOF?Quote

22-02-2011, 05:49:16

@tomlogan:u said that the zotac cards were noisy in ur exclusive gtx 580 is the msi reference one compared to that?can u review the 560ti sli in stock/oc vs a single gtx 580?Quote

22-02-2011, 06:26:00

Originally Posted by coolgame View Post

@tomlogan:u said that the zotac cards were noisy in ur exclusive gtx 580 is the msi reference one compared to that?can u review the 560ti sli in stock/oc vs a single gtx 580?
These are the AMP! Models dude. We think now the original 580 I had, had a faulty vapor chamber causing the fans to spin up.Quote

22-02-2011, 09:40:33

that is one hell of a price tag indeed... but when you take away the cost of a high end sound card off it..then its not looking so badQuote

22-02-2011, 09:42:36

I Hunta x
Link on the picture in your first prost is borked tom, http://http:// is how it starts, redirects to somewere offsite in firefox atleast.Quote

22-02-2011, 15:55:33

Originally Posted by I Hunta x View Post

Link on the picture in your first prost is borked tom, http://http:// is how it starts, redirects to somewere offsite in firefox atleast.
Yeah all it is is an unneeded "http//" (if you hover over the link, the link location is http://http//)Quote

22-02-2011, 17:25:00

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

These are the AMP! Models dude. We think now the original 580 I had, had a faulty vapor chamber causing the fans to spin up.
Hi. Is the cards with personal custom fan settings to go with 900mhz core frequency or Zotac's standard? Thanks

Excellent scores and Crysis play well done

I'm surprised with CPU Crysis results as my temps are alot lower @4Ghz than BFBC 2 @3.8GhzQuote

25-02-2011, 10:59:16

For £450 it’s just an over hyped rip off, for that money you could get a 2600k and an asus p8p67 deluxe.Quote

25-02-2011, 11:58:43

Originally Posted by crimson2404 View Post

For £450 it’s just an over hyped rip off, for that money you could get a 2600k and an asus p8p67 deluxe.
How narrow minded are you!Quote

27-02-2011, 21:59:10


01-03-2011, 05:38:42

Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post

How narrow minded are you!
It is quite a pricey mother board though You could get a rampage 3 with 970 for the same price of this with a 950 I know what Id choose. Is this motherboard worth it for how much more power its gives per cost I don't think does then again you have both boards so I cant really judge.Quote

02-03-2011, 14:25:44

Thanks to your great review of the G1 Assasin. I am now looking to upgrade my curremt MOBO to the G1 Sniper. Also looking at the corsair vengance, silverstone HDDboost and the coolermaster haf x nvidia.

Current system:-

case Antec 1200

ram OCZ 2000MHZ Gold

cpu I7 930

cooling Corsair h50

MOBO Gigabyte ga-x58a-ud7 rev2

gpu Gigabyte GTX460 ocQuote

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