Swan Song for the LGA 1366
With Intel’s new Sandy Bridge processors all the rage, let’s not forget that their (previous generation) LGA 1366 CPUs are still one of the highest end processors available on the market, the i7 980X being a particular force to be reckoned with.
It was genuinely a pleasant surprise when I find out that the LGA 1366 line will still be supported by some partners, while Intel slowly phases these processors out to make room for the next generation. Meanwhile Gigabyte decided that they will say goodbye to this once (and still) amazing platform with a bang; low and behold, the G1 Assassin motherboard.
To say that the G1 Assassin is armed to the teeth would be a severe understatement. So let’s go down the laundry list one by one, starting with the size. The G1 Assassin is an ATX-XL sized motherboard that comes with the ability for a quad-CrossFire or 3-way SLI setup. No need to worry about the power setup as Gigabyte has blessed the G1 Assassin with a 16-phase power and dual VRM technology. Then there’s the additional molex connector just above the first PCIe slot to ensure optimal power delivery when the G1 Assassin is used at ax capacity.
No doubt you must have seen the BIGFOOT Killer NIC E2100 network chipset which comes with its own 1GB DDR2 ram in order to minimize latency while playing games. A little below that you’ll see the Creative CA20K2 X-Fi Xtreme chip, coupled with the Nichicon (green & gold) audio capacitors deliver one of the best sound experiences on any motherboard to date.
Last but not least is the most striking feature of the G1 Assassin, apart from the green and black layout, and that’s the M16 based heatsinks. The power phase cooling around the CPU looks like disassembled bits of the M16′s barrel, while the SouthBridge is covered in a magazine clip.