While GIGABYTE is no stranger to accepting and encouraging ”niche” enthusiast markets, the company has generally been reserved in offering specific products for them. The G1-Killer series is exactly that, a whole line of motherboards for a very specific market, and designed from the ground up to cater to gamers.
It may sound strange at first, a motherboard for better gaming? But check this out;
The GIGABYTE G1 Assassin is the premier board of the series, fully loaded with absolutely every innovation GIGABYTE could possibly include.
On it you will find both USB 3.0 (2 ext, 2 int), and SATA III 6Gbps utilizing a Marvell controller. Built on the XL-ATX form factor, the board still seems to be bursting at the seams featuring four PCIe x16 slots (x8 when 3+ populated) supporting 3-Way SLI and Quad CrossfireX.
Two unique items that are standard across the entire G1 Killer line are the introduction of Creative X-Fi audio for the ultimate audio experience, and a Bigfoot Network Killer E2100 NIC to reduce game lag and give gamers the absolute maximum response time.
The inclusion of the Creative X-Fi (20k2) audio also brings with it a Built In Front Audio headphone amplifier, superior audio capacitors and 128MB onboard memory just for sound. There really is no better onboard audio anywhere.
Gigabyte is also one of the first to offer Bigfoot’s Killer 2100 NIC as a fully integrated networking solution to get all of the lag free benefits of a dedicated NPU. This comes with 1GB of dedicated DDR2 memory to keep the networking work off the CPU and access to Bigfoot’s networking utilities.
Finally we have the Killer design. Featuring the new Gigabyte black PCB, with green expansion slots, it also has the soon to be iconic weaponry coolers. The southbridge has become a loaded ammo clip, transferring into the barrel shroud of assault rifle over the northbridge. They look cool, we just hope they keep it cool as well.
Along with the G1-Assassin, the company is launching two slightly trimmed models; the G1-Sniper, and G1-Guerrilla, both of which are typical ATX models with only 3 PCIe x16 slots and 8 phase CPU power. The Guerrilla does away with the dedicated onboard Creative X-Fi chip, instead, offering it via the Creative software solution.