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GIGABYTE G1-Killer Motherboard Launch / LAN Party

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GIGABYTE G1-Killer
Motherboard Launch / LAN Party



At CES 2011, during a closed-door, invitation-only presentation, GIGABYTE unveiled their new gaming-oriented G1-Killer motherboard series. Presented in the form of three distinct models dubbed G1-Guerilla, G1-Sniper, and G1-Assassin, what primarily distinguished this new series from other Intel X58-based LGA1366 motherboards was the unique third-party hardware that GB had chosen to integrate. Found on all three models is an onboard Bigfoot Killer E2100 network interface controller with 1GB of dedicated DDR2 memory. This NPU (network processing unit) is designed to reduce in-game lag and give gamers the best response times via CPU offloading and Bigfoot’s proprietary networking utilities.

Another unique feature of the G1-Killer series, albeit one only found on the G1-Sniper and G1-Assassin models, is the onboard Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi CA20K2 digital audio processor. This flagship audio solution supports EAX 5.0 HD, has its own 128MB of onboard memory, utilizes very high quality audio capacitors usually reserved for top of the line audio equipment, and also features a built-in high-capacity headphone amplifier.

The design and colour scheme of the G1-Killer line-up is also definitely worth noting, since there has arguably never been anything like it in the motherboard realm. While the black PCB and lime green PCI-E slots are vaguely reminiscent of past EVGA nForce motherboards, it is the magazine-shaped southbridge heatsink that has everyone talking. It is definitely a love it or hate it design element.

The initial unveiling was almost 2 months ago, and with these motherboards now ready to hit the retail channel, GIGABYTE held an impromptu launch event / gaming LAN party in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on February 25th. Truth be told, this event wouldn’t have taken place without the organizational efforts of Canada Computers, and the combined sponsorship from Supercom, Thermaltake, Phillips, NVIDIA, Intel, Corsair, and Antec.

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Despite what is written above, there was no invitation or RSVP required to attend this event, everyone who showed up was welcome to check out the new products, play a round of Call of Duty, and had a chance of winning some cool prizes.
 

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Venue & G1-Killer Motherboards

Venue & G1-Killer Motherboards



This rare Canadian event was held in one of the large ballrooms at the Crystal Fountain Banquet Hall in Markham, Ontario, which is part of the Greater Toronto metropolitan area.

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Since we arrived at the location about one hour before the official opening time, we managed to catch the CanadaComputers.com crew in action, setting up the 10 high-end gaming systems that that they assembled the previous day. These systems were based on the flagship GIGABYTE G1.Assassin motherboard, featured an Intel Core i7-950 CPU, Corsair Vengeance 6GB DDR3-1600 memory kit, GIGABYTE GeForce GTX-570 (GV-N570D5-13I-B) graphics card, Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD, Corsair Hydro H70 CPU cooler, Antec EarthWatts 750W power supply, LG Blu-ray drive, and Windows 7 Professional. The cases were a mix of eight Thermaltake Element V NVIDIA Edition, one Antec DF-85, and one Antec Twelve Hundred.

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The imposing mountain of G1.Assassin boxes definitely outclassed the molehill of case boxes.

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At the 2:30PM opening time, some members of the public had started to show up, they were easy to identify since they were holding red GIGABYTE gift bags.

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Here is one of the fully-assembled high-end gaming systems. Although it’s not really apparent from these photographs, the G1.Assassin motherboard and Element V NVIDIA Edition case are definitely two products that were made for each other. They share a perfectly matching black and lime green colour scheme.

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Rounding up the hardware package was a Philips 244E 24-inch 1080P LCD monitor, GIGABYTE Avia K8100 keyboard, GIGABYTE Ghost M8000Xtreme mouse, and GIGABYTE GP-MP8000 mouse pad.

Once of the features that we had not seen at CES was the Control Panel that comes with the G1.Assassin model. This is a 5.25” drive bay unit that features 2 USB 3.0 ports, one Power eSATA ports, and a Quick Boost button that allows for an automatic one-button system overclock.

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As mentioned previously, all of the sponsors of this event where represented in one form of another, but our focus was obviously the GIGABYTE table that was displaying the three new G1-Killer motherboards.

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The G1.Guerilla is at the lower-end of the G1-Killer scale, but that means that it is still packing more than most Intel X58-based LGA1366 motherboards. It features an 8 phase power design, three PCI-E x16 slots with support for 3-way CrossFireX and 3-way SLI, and a wide range of SATA 6Gb/s and USB 3.0 ports. Naturally, like all the G1.Killer models, the Guerilla is based on GIGABYTE's Ultra Durable 3 design principles, which means that it features the usual assortment of Japanese lower ESR solid capacitors, lower RDS(on) MOSFETs, and ferrite core chokes, and 2 oz copper PCB layers.

What makes this particular model unique to the G1.Killer line is that it doesn’t feature the high-end Sound Blaster onboard audio, instead relying on a quite common Realtek ALC889 audio codec. Having said that, it still uses the very high quality Nichicon MUSE audio capacitors, and also the maintains the built-in high-capacity headphone amplifier.

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The G1.Sniper is effectively identical to the G1.Guerrilla, except that it features the onboard Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi CA20K2 digital audio processor. Expect to pay about a $100 premium for this model, which is actually quite reasonable when you consider that the CA20K2-based Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD sound card retails for about $150.

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The G1.Assassin is the flagship model. This is immediately evident when you compare the models in person, since the Assassin is based on the larger XL-ATX form factor. This model comes with a more robust 16 phase power design, and also comes packaged with the aforementioned Front Access Control Panel 5.25” drive bay unit that features 2 USB 3.0 ports, one Power eSATA ports, and a Quick Boost button that allows for an automatic one-button system overclock. Another distinguishing feature is the four PCI-E x16 slots with support for 4-way CrossFireX and 3-way SLI support. The reason for the lack of 4-way SLI support is that this model does not feature an NVIDIA NF200 PCI-E bridge chip, which is a requirement to get 4-way certification from NVIDIA. Much like the G1.Sniper, this model comes with both the Bigfoot Killer E2100 Dedicated NPU and Sound Blaster X-Fi CA20K2 digital audio processor.


On the next page we are going to fast forward about one hour, which is when the actual LAN gaming session got under way.
 

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Gaming & Prizes

Gaming & Prizes



By about 3:30PM, there was a pretty decent crowd in attendance so it was time to start the gaming portion of the evening.

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First though, the representatives of the event’s various sponsors gave brief speeches. Clockwise from the top we have reps for GIGABYTE, Intel, NVIDIA, Corsair, Antec, Philips, Supercom, and Canada Computers.

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Gamers enjoying some Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 free-for-all action.

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A small crowd checking out the game play. Some of the action was actually being projected onto a large screen that was to the right of where these pictures were taken.

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At 5:30PM, there was a lucky draw for prizes. People won t-shirts, GIGAGYTE Ghost mouse pads, Corsair A70 and H70 CPU coolers, and GIGABYTE jackets.

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However, the biggest prize was won by new HWC forum member Kirbster. The lucky guy won and got to choose any of the gaming systems in the room. It was a prize valued at about $2300. Not a bad haul for an afternoon of gaming!


So that is it for this event, but you can expect our comprehensive G1.Assassin motherboard review in a couple of weeks.


Thanks to everyone who was responsible for making this rare Canadian launch event happen.
 
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