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GIGABYTE G1.ASSASSIN2 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: In my last review I stated that the Bigfoot Networks Killer e2100 didn't work. Well, it seems the problem only really effected people with Verizon FIOS ISP. Recently they released a new driver, and it fixes the problem. The Windows 7 driver (6.1.0.317) for the Killer e2100 at Gigabytes website is the old one that doesn't work, and that is the only driver available at Killergaming.com at the time of writing. However, the Windows 8 driver (6.1.0.403) from Gigabytes website works flawlessly on Windows 7, and fixes the issue many people had. Some reason Killergaming doesn't have the driver on their website, and their tech support is unaware of the fix! So some internal issues with Killergaming are going on. Anyway... I give the motherboard 4 stars. This is a good motherboard after all!

Cons: The only issue remaining is the lack of 16bit USB support in BIOS. My Corsair Vengeance K90 keyboard doesn't work in BIOS, however works in Windows. I'm told by Corsair it is because the keyboard is 16bit USB and standard is 8bit. Gigabyte could fix this with a BIOS update, but they haven't yet.

Other Thoughts: I'm happy that the networks adapter issue was taken care of, and this motherboard seems to be a good buy so far!

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GIGABYTE G1.ASSASSIN2 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It runs.... The thing that sold me on this motherboard is that it has on onboard Sound Blaster X-Fi audio processor. The sound is great. It seems like Realtek has a monopoly on the motherboard industry and its nice to get away from that, and not have to buy a PCI sound card. Other than that, I am not not too happy.

Cons: The onboard "Bigfoot Killer e2100" network adapter is NOT GOOD. I wish I would have done some research on this before buying. Now I know why this motherboard comes with a free wifi card hahahaha. Try to run Battlefield 3 with the Killer e2100 and you won't be able to connect, and after 5 minutes of playing you will lag out and get disconnected from the server. The only work around is to set the priority of BF3 to (2) instead of (1) in the Bigfoot Network Manager which completely negates the purpose of having such a network adapter and system to begin with. Go ahead and visit the community forums of BF3 and the Killer company and you will see people having issues, and Killer ignoring them. It's just ironic the name of the device is Killer, because it definitely kills your gaming experience. Connecting with the free wifi card fixes the issue, but if you don't like wireless and want wired, you may have to get another NIC until Killer starts hiring new driver engineers.

Other Thoughts: The "3D BIOS" is a sham, it's just a picture of the motherboard that you can click on. I think they jumped on the "attach the word '3D' to everything and sell more" bandwagon. I didn't buy the motherboard for this reason, I'm just warning you not to get your hopes up. Also, there isn't 16bit USB support for the BIOS (yet). If you buy a Corsair Vengeance K90 keyboard it wont work in BIOS, only in Windows, because its a 16bit USB device, and not a normal 8bit. Hopefully Gigabyte has a firmware update to fix this like they did for other motherboards. So that sucks... Other than that, it functions well with an Intel i7 3930K, 32GB of G-Skill RipjawsZ 4x8GB F3-12800CL10Q-32GBZL, and Gigabytes Geforece 680 OC, and has all the features you would expect a motherboard to have for overclocking. It's just a far from perfect motherboard.

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Date Joined: 08/13/08

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