At IDF13 San Francisco Gigabyte was displaying their G1.Assassin 3 X79 motherboard. It is the successor to the G1.Assassin 2 which made its debnut with Sandy Bridge-E. It has been released specifically for Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge-E processors and features the X79 chipset.
Talking about specs the board features a 10 phase VRM that makes use of an all IR digital power design and durable black solid capacitors. The motherboard has not yet been released and is still in the development stage that is why you don’t see a heatsink on the PWM. The board has the same black and neon green color scheme that we have seen on previous G1.Assassin boards. As far as storage goes you have 10 SATA 6 GB/s ports. Expansion includes four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. So you will have no problem running an SLI or CrossFire setup.
Gigabyte has gone ahead and upgraded the audio on this board compared to the previous model. The G1.Assassin 3 makes use of the Creative Sound Core3D chip and the board has built-in front audio headphone amplifier, audio noise guard with LED path lightning and replaceable OP-AMP design. The board is bundled with a Bluetooth 4.0 / 802.11ac WiFi add-in card. The rear I/O includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, a gold plated USB “Gaming” port, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and 7.1 channel audio. You will also find on and off switches and a debug LED on the board itself.
No word yet on pricing or when this board will be available.
Images courtesy of VR-Zone.