Gigabyte G1 Assassin Review

Pictures part 2 - The Motherboard

Gigabyte G1 Assassin

Pictures Part 2 - The Motherboard

Motherboard colour schemes have gone through a few changes over the years. For a long while all you could get were blue ones, and variants of that. Then in the last couple of years it seems every big motherboard has been black and red. It's nice to see Gigabyte giving us a different option here with a very, unavoidably nVidia, green colour scheme.

Gigabyte G1 Assassin     Gigabyte G1 Assassin  

The CPU socket is kept relatively free despite a 16 phase power circuit making sure that the board has serious overclocking potential.

Four PCIe slots provide plenty of space for your graphics cards and thanks to the ATX-XL sizing there is enough cooling to keep even the most power hungry GPUs cool. Speaking of power hungry, above the top PCIe slot there is a molex input to make sure the Assassin can keep everything smooth.

Gigabyte G1 Assassin     Gigabyte G1 Assassin  

Inputs and outputs are well covered with both SATA2 and SATA3 covering your storage needs. Round the back we have the standard connections with 4 USB3.0 ports, 2 USB2.0 ones, Creative outputs and two PS2 sockets.

Gigabyte G1 Assassin     Gigabyte G1 Assassin  

One of the big features of the Assassin is the inclusion of a KillerNIC E2100 Network chip that claims to maximise the latency of your connection by giving bandwidth priority to gaming traffic.

On the bottom left corner we have the Creative CA20K2 which is a major upgrade to the standard X-fi software solutions found on most other motherboards.

Gigabyte G1 Assassin     Gigabyte G1 Assassin

There is no doubt that Gigabyte have played the Military theme to the maximum. The southbridge heat-sink is particularly impressive being a perfect replica of a 7.62 magazine. The power phase cooling is staring down the barrel of a gun. So good is this that the warning that the heatsink cannot be assembled into a gun must be useful for any customs checks.

Gigabyte G1 Assassin     Gigabyte G1 Assassin

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Most Recent Comments

21-02-2011, 11:36:35

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, 11:44:26

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, 13:08:51

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

21-02-2011, 13:41:52

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, 13:44:39

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

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