Gigabyte G1.Assassin ReviewGeekspeak411 - June 16, 2011
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There’s a ton of crap included on the disc with the G1.Assassin. While I believe most of us will go to the website first for drivers and utilities, the disc provides a wonderful interface that makes it incredibly easy to install all of the software and drivers you need to get up and running. Also bundled are the Creative X-Fi drivers and Network Utilities. Without further delay, the drivers and bundled programs, shown here better than I could hope to describe in sufficient detail.
Gigabyte included a few different ways to overclock the G1.Assassin. This is a nice touch as it should allow more consumers to get into overclocking for the first time and give a few reference points when people want to take overclocking another point further. Unfortunately, the software included with Gigabyte's board is no better than any other programs on the market in terms of stability. The age long fact of BIOS Overclocks being more potent than software based overclocks still holds true although the front panel QuickBoost button successfully set the bclock to 160 with stability. However, the software had to restart the computer to apply each setting and even then rarely found stable settings. A redeeming quality of the software solution is its inclusion of memory, fan, and bclock control along with graphics card OC capability which seemed to be on par with competing alternatives.
A big draw of the board, the built in hardware network card, comes with the full software suite included with the PCI-E slot cards. The utility allows you to see system usage, dedicated NPU usage, as well as customize software variables and priorities across the board.
The other major draw, the dedicated sound card, includes the full Creative X-Fi software suite to back the full onboard sound processing unit. This is one step beyond what vendors such as ASUS provide with their better-than-average-but-not-this-good onboard X-Fi solutions. Beyond just bundling a baseline sound card with baseline X-Fi software, that enhances games and does sound better than standard onboard audio, the G1.Assassin features a fully fledged, high quality sound card with the fully fledged software bundle to boot. Featuring an Entertainment Mode, a Game Mode and even an Audio Creation Mode, this software has a feature set that few serious computing types would go without, even when it takes up an additional PCI-E slot. Excellent inclusion.
Finally, it's good to see Gigabyte covered all of the bases with the rest of the software as well. With the more standard-grade utilities Gigabyte enables all users to be able to take advantage of simple Windows-based BIOS updates, which otherwise can be a daunting task without prior experience. Achieve energy savings by cutting down on processor power, as well as chipset and other peripherials when not in use and you'll get hard drive management through one of Intel's own utilities.
This is an excellent software bundle that truly offers everything one could need in almost any type of build. With this kind of software support, this board could last through multiple builds. Very, very awesome software bundle and feature support.