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  • Filiprino - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    Serioulsy, why the motherboard heatsink has the shape of a gun?
    We're neither h4xx0rz nor 1337 m3g4 pr0 g4m3rZ.
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  • etamin - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    I agree, these gimmicky designs are getting way out of hand. Gigabyte desperately needs to find an artist for the job, not a gamer. Reply
  • compvter - Friday, December 02, 2011 - link

    4 dimm slots these days is immediate no sale for me, and the icing in the cake is that damn gun that is just as stupid as some other board had heatsink that was shaped like few bullets. I mean ffs these boards are most likely been sold to ppl that are past toy guns. I agree with etamin, they should find artist or even better if they just get a guy who can make efficient heatsink, and just put those pretty pictures on the packaging so that customers don't have to "suffer" from them. Reply
  • surt - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    Not buying a 4-memory-slot x79 board. Reply
  • Golgatha - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    Me either. Any x79 board I buy, especially for $400, is going to have 8 memory slots. Reply
  • burningrave101 - Saturday, December 03, 2011 - link

    What are you going to do with 8 memory slots other than install more RAM than 99% of end users, especially gamers and overclockers which is what boards like this one and the Gigabyte X79 UD7 and the upcoming Asus Rampage IV Formula are targeted at, are capable of making use of? All installing 8 DIMM's is going to do for you is limit your max RAM frequency to that of your worst module.

    If your someone that is building a workstation that could actually make use of over 16-32GB of RAM then you would be looking at something like the X79 UD5 which is marketed towards those types of users, not a gaming or extreme tweaking and overclocking motherboard.
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  • code65536 - Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - link

    Virtually all of the latency occurs after the traffic leaves your local network... and within a local network, latency is negligible to begin with. Reply
  • fatpat268 - Thursday, December 01, 2011 - link

    I have to agree. While I'm sure benchmarks will show a difference, but in a real world application the difference will be hardly noticeable.

    Overall, I'm just surprised that the killer nic is still around.
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  • yammerpickle2 - Thursday, December 01, 2011 - link

    I believe they have been rehashing this same chip at this same frequency for a long time. I've only seen mixed reviews. Some reviews giving it a tiny advantage, and some showing it is actually slower. All in all I think spending the money for this chip on a stronger video card would be a better investment. I wish I could see some credible independent reviews that showed this was a definite cost effective benefit to a high end gaming rig, but I’m not aware of any. Reply
  • scoliosis - Sunday, December 18, 2011 - link

    I remember back in the day Anandtech takes into account customer service when doing a review. Never really thought how important it is until now.

    Bought a Gigabyte motherboard and Channel A memory slot on the board is bad. RMA'ed it and took 3 weeks total from the time I shipped it to the time I got the board back. All they did was flash the BIOS to the latest revision and sent me the same board back! I immediately ran the same test as before and the system crashed within 3 minutes of booting up. Tried calling them 4 times this week and gave up after being on hold for over an hour. They don't do advanced RMAs either, so I'm stuck with a bad board again until I can get a hold of someone to RMA the board and wait 3 weeks then hope they actually replaced it.

    Why don't Anandtech bring back the customer service portion of the review and compare the RMA policies between manufacturers? I had the pleasure of dealing with Asus in the past and they were excellent, offered to advanced RMA my board and even gave me a return shipping label to ship the bad board back! And that is after 1.5 years of use and the board was out of warranty!
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  • amar1690 - Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - link

    you can get more info about Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 Motherboard from here
    http://forums.techarena.in/reviews/1446273.htm
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  • zulimu - Thursday, April 25, 2013 - link

    I was excited about this new board until I received it and it had sound and NIC issues but that happens so I RMA'd it to Newegg and they broke it, claimed it was customer damage and sent it back broken with a voided warranty.

    Now that I have had problems with my board I am finding many others with issues as well so be careful in your decision to buy this and make sure you buy from a reputable vendor so you can return/replace if broken.

    Perhaps it was due to the other issues with the board but for an LGA 2011 system with an i7 and 16GB of 1600MHz ram I did not see a hugh improvement over my Core 2 Duo system both running Windows 7 64-bit and I even tried Windows 8 Pro 64-bit but that only made things worse.

    Will I buy Gigabyte again or even try another one of these boards, most likely, but I will never purchase anything from Newegg again.
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