Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 Motherboard Review

By on December 13, 2011
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Making a killing out of the X79 platform.

Good: Spacious layout; High bandwidth DIMM slots; Dedicated network card and audio chipset; Easy overclocking
Bad: Expensive than competitors; Stock performance marginally slower than competitors; WiFi & Bluetooth cannot be used in 2-way GPU setup
Price: AED 2,200
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Two weeks back I included the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 as part of the Intel X79 motherboards roundup, wherein the performance of this beastly motherboard left much to be desired; especially where overclocking was concerned. However, with the newly revised BIOS (ver. F5) I thought I’ll give this high-end board another. Not to mention the price alone, which merits an in-depth analysis of the features.

The G1.Assassin 2 comes in a huge box with most of the features of the motherboard presented on the back. There’s no see-through panel, so you’ll to make do with the picture on the back. Inside the motherboard comes in a separate box, with the rest of the cables, accessories and booklets in another box.

Packed inside are some G1.Assassin 2 stickers, 4 SATA cables, an SLI and a CrossFireX bridge, a 3-way SLI bridge, a USB 3.0 panel, and the Bluetooth 4.0 plus WiFi PCI adapter with two antennae. It’s pretty much standard stuff, but I was expecting maybe a bit more for the price. Then again, everything that makes the G1.Assassin 2 such a high-end motherboard is already tacked on the board itself.

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