Gigabyte G1.Assassin ReviewGeekspeak411 - June 16, 2011
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Well, it's easy to say that Gigabyte showed up to the fight with this board. Beyond now industry standard features and high quality reference components, the G1.Assassin heaps on two additional cards onto the PCB and ups the size to the gigantic XL-ATX form factor. This is a big deal for someone trying to build the be-all, do-all computer as it includes a network card and sound card which would otherwise take up PCI-E slots limiting your expandability. This no-tradeoffs design also allows for any variety of graphics card configurations as well as keyboards, mice and any other peripherial you can throw at it. The Front Panel USB 3.0 ports are really appreciated as most cases don't include support yet out of the box, and the QuickBoost button is great for casual gamers looking for a performance boost while the Dual-BIOS/Power System/CPU Power Connections have enthusiasts covered.
The heatsinks are big and of high quality and all the components work as advertised, but be ready to have a very limited selection when it comes to compatible cases. I have been very satisfied with the performance of this board but there is one elephant in the room that I would like to address: The price. I have listed the price as both a pro and a con, this is because first off, the board is expensive. $540 is definitely not something most people can drop easily on a computer, much less on a single part. When I rebuilt my boss' PC earlier this year I was able to replace the motherboard, RAM, CPU, graphics and power supply for the price of this one motherboard. Albiet with a lower performance regimen than this board aims for. On the other hand, however, there are those two cards that are included on the board itself. The network card and X-Fi cards when bought sperately run about $150 for both. Subtract that off of the price and you're now looking at $400, which is reasonable. Now figure in the ability to still run a four card graphics setup with these two cards still included and you've got yourself an exclusive option that is now quite a deal.
If you are trying to build a new supercomputer for gaming, parallel processing, editing, or other intensive tasks and don't want any comprimise, then the Gigabyte G1.Assassin is the board for you. Gigabyte has really hit is home on the enthusiast front with this one.
- USB 3.0 & SATA 3
- Bundled Programs & Gigabyte Software
- 4x CrossFire & Tri-SLI Support
- Integrated Hardware Cards
- Crazy Flexability