Walking towards the escalators leading to the Marco Polo conference rooms, Wes and I were directed by a both babe clad in camoflauge. The closer we got, the more the Venetian began to transform from marble and chandliers to military mesh and bunkers. As we entered the meeting area, the battlefield became complete, with Russian clad militia men ushering members of the press and Call of Duty Black Ops on two large projetor screens. Gigabyte had declared war in the motherboard market, and within the hour their secret weapons had been revealed.
We've already had the opportunity to familairize ourselves with Gigabyte's new P67
series for Intel's Sandy Bridge processor, which was officially launched today. Senior Vice President Henry Kao revealed the Socket 1155 to the general public, summarizing the features and specifications of the boards.
Mr. Kao took the stage accompanied with two military models and an ammo case, which contained the earlier teased G1 Assassin, the flagship model of the new G1 Killer line, a series of motherboards manufactured specifically for gaming. Similar to the recently reviewed Fatal1ty Profess1onal Series P67
, these boards are equipped standard with many features that gamers demand, such as a new integrated networking processor from Bigfoot Networks, the Killer e2100. BFN has worked together with Gigabyte to bring the technology from the Killer 2100
into an embedded form as opposed to a dedicated card (hence the 'e').
In addition to the G1 Assassin, the G1 Sniper and G1 Guerilla were revealed, the former the mid-range model and the latter the entry-level option. Also significant, as Tim Handley, Manager of the Marketing Team stressed, was the color scheme of the boards. If you recall from our recent P67A-UD4
review, Gigabyte has moved away from the traditional blue PCB's for a more matte black theme. The gaming G1 series was the second in a new wave of color schemed boards, known as 'gaming green', which features a lime green pallete throughout headers and ports on the board.
The third, and final, unveilment was nothing more than a very quick tease, of the third new color scheme PCB. Known as OC Orange (which was made for us at LanOC Reviews), this board is being developed by Hi Cookie
, a very popular overclocker who has set world records with his methods.
Gigabyte has a lot to look forward to in the coming year, with fifteen new boards launching in the new socket 1155 alone. We're looking forward to getting our hands on more as they release, and are especially anxious for the G1 Killer Series. As for the OC Orange board, it is sure to haunt Wes' dreams until he finally gets his hands on it.
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