Review: Gigabyte G1.Assassin

Published by Marc Büchel on 08.09.11
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Allgemein   + -
With the G1.Assassin, Gigabyte has a motherboard in its portfolio that is tailored especially to the needs of gamers. Therefore we liked the high quality creative sound card delivers crisp and clear sound as well as realtime encoding. Futhermore there also is a Bigfoot Killer E2100 network chip which became kind of a defacto standard on gaming motherboards. One can argue on sense or nonsense of this chip but nevertheless it makes sense if you own a cheap router and if you'd like to have something that is capable of packet priorization (QoS).   - Design
- Layout
- Creative sound card
- Bigfoot Killer NIC
Layout   + -

Generally the Gigabyte G1.Assassins layout is very well thought. Once more very practical are the angled SATA. Unfortunately there are no power- and reset-buttons. You also wont find a debug display which would become very useful in case you should have issues with a component in your system or the board itself. If your thinking about a multi GPU setup you'll definitely like that there is plenty of space between the different PCI Express x16 slots which allows an adequate cooling of more than one GPU. One thing which has the potential to cause headaches is the XL-ATX formfactor of this board which makes it incompatible to quite a lot of cases. Furthermore the last expansion slot is a PCI-Express x16. If you put a dual slot graphics card in there the connectors at the bottom edge of the board will be blocked.

  - Angled SATA connectors - Plenty of space between PCI Express x16 Slots for Multi-GPU-Setup - XL-ATX Formfactor
Performance   + -
The overall perormance of the G1.Assassin can be found somewhere in the center span. Only in Futuremark and StreetFighter it has been able to really convince. In most benchmarks it comes in third or fourth and regarding the memory benchmarks it is quite slow compared to its competittors.   - Futuremark
- StreetFighter
- Memory bandwidth
Overclocking   + -
The G1.Assassin comes with the same BIOS as the X58A-OC. Therefore this gaming motherboard can be overclocked easily and reliably. It doesn't matter if you on purpose choose settings that are too high or if you simply want to get the maximum out of your motherboard. The G1.Assassin really is a pleasant board for overclocking.   - BCLK 225+  
Recommendation   + -
If you should be looking for a reliable motherboard which you want to put into a gaming PC then the Gigabyte G1.Assassin will definitely be a good choice. But you shouldn't forget that this board comes with a huge XL-ATX form factor.    - Overclocking
- Office PC
- Gaming-PC
The Gigabyte G1.Assassin, which is available for a proud price of CHF 475.- (est. EUR 396.-), gets four out of five stars. One negative point for example concerns the form factor.


Page 1 - Introduction Page 8 - SiSoft Sandra 1
Page 2 - Specifications / Delivery Page 9 - SiSoft Sandra 2
Page 3 - Layout Page 10 - Super Pi / wPrime
Page 4 - Connectors and I/O Page 11 - Games
Page 5 - BIOS Page 12 - Overclocking
Page 6 - Test setup Page 13 - Conclusion
Page 7 - Futuremark  

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