Gigabyte G1.Assassin X58 Motherboard Review

Closer Look

Both gamers and hardware enthusiasts can appreciate a good looking motherboard. Here, we find the G1 Assassin sporting a black and green theme, a first for a Gigabyte product.

There are four green PCI Express x16 slots on the G1 Assassin. For those with multiple videocard systems, this board is double spaced in order to support the installation of dual slot graphics cards. Dual card setups should make use of the first and third PCIe x16 slot, leaving the second slot empty to allow for increased airflow. Additionally, the board can handle up to three NVIDIA videocards in Tri-SLI, or up to four ATI cards for Quad-CrossFire. 

Also, one of the things we noticed right away was the lack of onboard power and reset buttons on the G1 Assassin. Every high end board we've looked at over the last several years has offered these buttons. So it is a bit strange to omit.

As with all X58 boards, this one has six memory DIMM slots. Install memory on the green ones first, and then the black slots once you get another kit. The board supports memory speeds up to 2200 MHz, with a total capacity of 24 GB.

Back Panel I/O  
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse port
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out
  • 1 x coaxial S/PDIF Out
  • 4 x USB 3.0 / 2.0 ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0 / 1.0 ports
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 5 x audio jacks

  • Motherboard driver disk
  • User's manual
  • Quick installation guide
  • Four SATA cables
  • I/O shield
  • 5.25" Front Access Control Panel
  • One 2-way SLI bridge
  • One 2-way CrossFireX bridge
  • One 3-way CrossFireX bridge

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