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GIGABYTE G1 Assassin (Intel X58 Express) Motherboard Preview (Page 1)

At CES GIGABYTE launched a new line of gaming motherboards. Now we have the first and top of this line in the lab. Meet the G1 Assassin!
By Sean Kalinich from Feb 28, 2011 @ 0:07 CST
Manufacturer: GIGABYTE

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Introduction

Back during CES we were given the chance to see the launch of a very exciting product. This was the G1 Killer series. From the beginning of the event you could pretty much tell this was going to be something a little different from the norm. Whether it was the pretend military dress or the little leaks about the product that I had heard, I was really looking forward to see this one.

Now a month or so later, we actually have one of these boards in the lab. It is an impressive sight to see and one that we are happy to give you a little teaser on. This is the G1 Assassin, an X58 based monster with multiple USB 3.0 ports, SATA 3.0 ports, a true audio card by Creative built right onto the board and a Killer Nic to add to the fun.

So let's take a quick look at the new GIGABYTE G1 Assassin before we put this monster on the test bench.

Package and Contents

The G1 Assassin comes in a nice box that looks like an ammo can. Granted, a very flat ammo can made from cardboard. But the effect is still there and one that gives you the right impression. This is a first person shooter oriented motherboard.

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The "back" of the ammo can that the G1 Assassin comes in has some more detailed information and a nice picture of the board.

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Following the now almost annoying tradition of putting one box inside the other (and then another), we find first a camouflaged box then two inside that which contain what you are really looking for.

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Inside the box we find some...wellÂ…. nice stuff, and a decent layer of cheese as well. The nice items are the things like the three-way SLI bridge, the multiple Crossfire/SLI bridges, and the front break-out box complete with e-SATA, QuickBoost button and USB 3.0 ports.

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