Author: Bob Buskirk
Gigabyte invited us over to the Venetian for their press conference. Unlike many press conferences that we have gone to this one was themed. Gigabyte went with a military war theme that actually was pretty cool. So why did Gigabyte go with this theme? It was to promote their new G1-Killer Gaming Series motherboards. So let’s see what these motherboards are all about and what Gigabyte has in store for 2011.
The G1-Killer Gaming Series Motherboards
So the big news from Gigabyte was the G1-Killer Gaming Series motherboards. This is Gigabyte’s new high-end gaming line and these boards are quite impressive and are designed with elite gamers in mind. They offer 4 things all gamers want, multiple graphics card support, top of the line audio, super fast networking and enhanced durability and reliability. So starting off you will have 3 way SLI and 4 way CrossFireX.
So what type of top of the line sound is this motherboard going to have standard? How about the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi! The G1-Killer motherboard will be the only motherboard to feature the Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Digital Audio Processor (20K2) on board. Also you have dedicated memory for the digital audio processor so that will reduce CPU resource consumption. These chips are actually on the board not on a PCI card you sometimes see with other gaming motherboards. Gigabyte uses the highest quality Nichicon MUSE ES and MW series Bi-Polarized audio capacitors. These is also a built-in front audio headphone amplifier, which is something many gamers will appreciate.
Super fast networking…how do you achieve that on a motherboard? Well Gigabyte’s solution is having the Killer E2100 Dedicated network processing unit (NPU) built on to the G1-Killer boards. We all know what the Killer 2100 can do, you can check out our review of it here! This NPU has a dedicated 1GB of DDR2 memory to help offload network traffic from the CPU. Once again Gigabyte is the only company to have this technology directly on their G1-Gaming Series boards. Another cool thing is that all of these boards will support SATA 6GB/s, USB 3.0 and 3x USB power boost. With the USB 3.0 the G1-Gaming boards will come with a front panel that has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 1 eSATA port, and a Quick Boost OC button.
So there are 3 boards in the G1-Gaming series. The G1.Assassin, G1.Sniper, and G1.Guerrilla. Let’s see what these boards looks like….
As you can see even the boards have a military design to them!
So there was not much else for Gigabyte that we didn’t already know about. They are fully behind Intel Sandy Bridge and will have 32 boards coming out this year just on that platform! Let us know what you think about the G1-Gaming Series motherboards in the comments!