Summary: It's becoming more difficult to justify the purchase of Intel's X58 Express chipset with all the new technology looming on the horizon. This chipset came out almost three years ago. Time sure flies, especially in the hardware industry. We still like the fact that the X58 offers support for the six core processors in Intel's lineup, along with triple channel memory.
Pros: Unique heatsink design, SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0, Bigfoot Networks Killer E2100 NIC
Excerpt: Gigabyte really went all out with the weapon-themed G1.Assassin board, but for folks who don’t know: It’s a motherboard, not a weapon. Repeat: not a weapon. And just in case someone thought you could somehow slap the magazine-shaped heatsink into your M4A1 and start rocking the happy switch, you can’t. Gigabyte says as much with a warning label on the end of the heatsink/magazine: “Heatsink: Not a weapon. Cannot be assembled as a weapon.
Pros: A “free” Killer NIC and X-Fi make for a nice bonus.
Summary: Final Thoughts
When the G1 Killer motherboards were announced, I was very excited, and to me they were one of the standout things I saw at CES this year. We really have not seen that many gaming motherboards that truly have everything a gamer needs. The G1 Assassin in my opinion really does.
Pros: – One of the coolest looking motherboards we have seen, – Bigfoot Networks E2100 chip built in, – Creative 20K2 audio processor built in, – SATA3 and USB 3.0 connectivity, – Quad CrossFireX and Triple SLI support, – 16 Phase Power design, – Easy Overclocking and Quick Boost button
Cons: – Price, – XLATX form factor, – No clear CMOS button
Conclusion: First and foremost, GIGABYTE have to be commended for undertaking such ambitious product. We are not saying this because they made a motherboard series targeted towards gamers, but because they did it right. When we look at the G1.Assassin it is immediately obvious that a lot of thought went into the design and that no corners were cut. This motherboard features the best dedicated gaming hardware currently available and the best implementation of that hardware too.
Pros: - Fantastic layout., - Four mechanical PCI-E x16 slots, and room for four dual-slot graphics cards., - 4-way CrossFireX & 3-way SLI support., - Great overclocking capabilities with flawless auto-recovery., - Unparalled onboard audio with built-in headphone amplifier., - Top-notch SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 connectivity., - 5.25" enclosure gives users front panel access to two USB 3.0 ports., - Dual BIOS chips., - Full support for 3TB+ hard drives., - 5 Smart Fan 4-pin PWM...
Cons: - No onboard power and reset buttons., - XL-ATX form factor is too large for most cases., - Quick Boost button only increases the BCLK by 5%., - No voltage read points (maybe a non-issue on a gaming motherboard)., - Not enough temperature and voltage readouts in the BIOS and EasyTune., - No integrated bluetooth to take full advantage of the bluetooth-based software utilities.