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CES 2011: Gigabyte launch the G1-Killer range
Gigabyte took the opportunity to launch a new range of motherboards at CES. Although the current Gigabyte range has been very successful, it could be seen as lacking in variety, in as much as the design is almost uniform across the range. Gigabyte wanted to target gamers who’re looking at very high-end hardware and offer something different, visually speaking, to stand out from the rest of its products.
Thus was born the G1-Killer family. Out with the usual blue and in with matte black and green and a cooler system and look inspired by firearms. The first three models out are based on an X58 + ICH10R pairing: the G1.Assassin, G1.Sniper and G1.Guerrilla. They all support tri SLI/CrossFireX, have a Bigfoot Killer 2100 network controller and high quality capacitors for the audio. All three cards have a single USB 3.0 NEC controller linked to a hub, so as to offer up to 8 connectors on the first board and up to 4 on the two others.
The G1.Sniper and G1.Guerrilla models use the same 8 phase CPU power stage and the G1. Assasin has a more developed power stage with a total of 16 phases. The G1.Assassin and G1.Sniper use a Creative 20K2 audio controller, while the G1.Guerrilla makes do with a Realtek ALC889. With its XL-ATX format the G1.Assassin supports quad CrossFireX with double slot Radeons. Note that none of the cards uses an NF200 switch but share the 32 PCI Express lanes of the X58 chipset.
The price of the cards hasn’t yet been given. While the range’s design looks pretty good in terms of the features on offer, it's strange that it sticks to the aging socket 1366 platform and that Gigabyte hasn’t yet put any P67 model on the market.
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