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GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 (Intel X79) Motherboard Preview - GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 - The Board Continued

Our first GIGABYTE X79 board arrives in the form of the G1.Assassin 2. We get a bit down and dirty with it and check it out in this preview.

| Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 10, 2011 7:47 am
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

GIGABYTE G1.Assassin 2 - The Board Continued

 

Moving away from the bottom of the board and heading north, you can see we've got a single USB 3.0 front panel header here and our main 24-Pin ATX power connector. Apart from the two RAM slots we can also see which we'll talk about more in just a moment, there's not a whole lot else around here. The only other noteworthy piece is the fan header in the corner.

 

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Turning the corner just ever so slightly, we can see our main 8-Pin CPU power connector. This is in a little bit of a funny position; normally we see it towards the I/O ports, but this puts it very close to the socket and the RAM. This was no doubt done with a purpose.

 

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Moving out and looking at the whole socket area, you can see that everything is shifted over to the right with our CPU and that sitting a lot closer to our main power connectors. On the RAM front you can see that GIGABYTE have implemented only four DDR3 DIMM slots and it's kind of humorous to see people whining about this. Considering that four DIMM slots will hold 32GB of memory with no issue, the need to go for eight slots seems a little unnecessary. With all banks full as well, the setup will look very clean.

 

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Finally, we finish up with the I/O side of things and starting from the left, we have our PS/2 combo connector and above that two USB 2.0 ports. Next to that we've got a CPU "OC" Button, BIOS switch and a Clear CMOS button at the bottom. Moving over again, we've got two USB 2.0 ports and two USB 2.0 / eSATA combo ports running off the Marvell 88SE9172 controller.

 

Next up, we've got two USB 3.0 ports off the Fresco FL1009 chip which is one we haven't seen before. Next to that another two USB 2.0 ports and our Gigabit networking port which runs off the Bigfoot Killer E2100 chip. Finally, we finish up with five auxiliary ports and an optical out which runs off the Creative CA20K2 chip which is so much more superior to the Realtek codec we normally see from most companies.

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