Gigabyte G1.Assassin X58 review

An army flavoured enthusiast board for military-mad billionaires

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Gigabyte g1 assassin x58

You want more for your money do you?

Well, there's a dual bios with auto-recovery, and as with all the Gigabyte G1.Killer range of motherboards, it comes with an onboard Bigfoot Killer 2100 network chip. That networking hardware boasts up to ten times quicker ping than other network cards.

However, we found the difference in latency between the Bigfoot Killer and the Asus P6X58D-E's onboard networking chip was minimal.

The Killer outperformed its sub £150 rival by around 2 milliseconds.

Hardly game-changing stuff.

Perhaps overclocking is the forte of the Gigabyte G1.Assassin then? The heatsinks are certainly the most eye-catching feature, but do they offer a distinct advantage for hardcore tweakers?

Well, we managed to get the Intel Core i7 930 on our test rig at a stable 4.15GHz, a respectable 1.3GHz overclock.

We did also managed to clock a stable 4.10GHz out of the same CPU using the Asus P6X58D-E comparison board. And that's a board which is nearly £300 cheaper.

That price tag then is looking steeper and steeper.

The Gigabyte G1.Assassin currently the most expensive X58 board on the market, and yet doesn't seem to offer any significant advantage over its more reasonably priced competition in either the X58 or Sandy Bridge supported P67 chipset camps.

Underneath that battlefield inspired design lies the almost-cynical knowledge that certain enthusiasts will pay through the teeth to have the fastest of everything on the market at any given time.

So if you're willing to pay £800 for the Intel i7 990X on the grounds that it marginally outperforms the Sandy Bridge range, chances are you'll also pay this much for a board to house it, as long as it marginally outperforms the other boards on the market in some way or other.

We liked:

It is a high-performance board. We managed a healthy 1.3GHz overclock using our standard Core i7 930 CPU and it churns through rendering and encoding benchmarks with ease.

We disliked:

Our biggest issue with the Gigabyte G1.Assassin is the price. Our favourite X58 board is still the excellent Asus P6X58D-E - a £145 board - which manages to hold its own against the far more expensive board in all tests.

It even marginally bests it in some.

The killer app in the G1.Killer series is the Bigfoot Networks Killer NIC, but that offers little benefit over the standard networking hardware in the Asus board.

Final word:

As this board offers so little for the money, and is increasingly old, soon to be obsolete, tech, it's impossible to recommend.

Buy it now and feel extremely foolish in three months time.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDesktop Motherboard
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelX58 Express
Multi GPU SupportedSLI, CrossFireX
Number of PCI Express x16 Slots2
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Processor SocketSocket B LGA-1366
Brand NameGigabyte
Form FactorATX
Processor SupportedXeon Dual-Core, Core i7
Total Processor Supported1
Maximum Memory24 GB
64-bit ProcessingYes
Number of Memory Slots6
Number of PCI Slots1
Audio Channels7.1
Gigabit EthernetYes
Number of SATA Interfaces8
QuickPath Interconnect6.40 GT/s
RAID SupportedYes
Number of Total Expansion Slots7
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Total Number of USB Ports8
Number of USB 3.0 Ports4
PS/2 PortYes
Number of PS/2 Ports2
Total Number of Onboard USB Ports8
Number of Onboard USB 2.0 Ports4
PCI Express StandardPCI Express 2.0
Total Number of PCI Express Slots6
Processor TechnologyTurbo Boost Technology, Enhanced SpeedStep Technology
Width345 mm
Depth263 mm
ManufacturerGIGABYTE Technology, Inc
Product ModelG1.Assassin
Product NameUltra Durable 3 Desktop Computer
Product LineUltra Durable 3
Controller TypeSerial ATA/300, Serial ATA/600
Manufacturer Part NumberG1.ASSASSIN
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.giga-byte.com
Marketing Information

The GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 3 design features twice the copper for both the power and ground layers of the PCB, dramatically lowering system temperature by efficiently spreading heat from critical areas of the motherboard (such as the CPU power zone) throughout the entire PCB. GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 also lowers the PCB impedance by 50%, which helps to reduce electrical waste and further lowers component temperatures. A 2x Copper layer design also provides improved signal quality and lower EMI (Electromagnetic Interference), providing better system stability and allowing for greater margins for overclocking.

Package Contents
  • Ultra Durable 3 Desktop Computer
  • Motherboard Driver Disk
  • User's Manual
  • Quick Installation Guide
  • 4 x SATA Cables
  • I/O Shield
  • 5.25" Front Access Control Panel with 2 USB 3.0/2.0 ports, 1 Power eSATA port, and 1 Quick Boost button
  • 1 x 2-Way SLI Bridge Connector
  • 1 x 3-Way SLI bridge Connector
  • 1 x 2-Way CrossFireX Bridge Connector