In 1997, the monotony of formulaic action movies was broken with the release of John Woo's Face/Off. It is an action movie composed of hilariously absurd scenarios, one after another, that otherwise would not have worked in other movies. It seems they had also decided on the title before actually writing the script. Just the notion of John Travolta swapping faces with Nicholas Cage is beyond explanation but combined with smoothly choreographed gunplay and over the top sentimentality, watching it from start to finish is a surprisingly funny and satisfying endeavor. It also earned over $245 million worldwide, making it one of 1997's highest grossing R rated films. The risk is greater when creative thinking is out-of-the-box but the fruits are often sweeter.



In the PC market, the amount of by-the-numbers designed motherboards available are just as numerous as formulaic movies. Since designing boards is costly, and research takes time, most manufacturers simply look at other designs and copy what works. For a company like Gigabyte, designing their own unique products is one of the things that sets them apart from the rest. Streamlining their product line with the introduction of the G1 Killer as a separate platform specifically targeted for gamers, Gigabyte has opened up a new avenue for out-of-the-box motherboard design concepts.


The G1.Assassin 2 X79 is from Gigabyte's gaming line of motherboards designed for Intel's LGA2011 platform. Like previous Gigabyte G1 motherboards, the G1.Assassin 2 X79 uses the Ultra Durable 3 design, guaranteeing lower system temperatures, improved energy efficiency and enhanced stability through high quality components. Unique to the Gigabyte G1.Assassin 2 X79 motherboard is the inclusion of a Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi card that plugs into the PCI-E x1 slot providing 150 Mbps transfer rates. The G1.Assassin 2 features the best audio subsystem on a motherboard currently available with an actual Creative 20K2 processor, dedicated memory, DACs, ADCs and Nichicon high-end audio capacitors. Since the G1.Assassin 2 X79 motherboard is geared towards gamers, it is capable of up to 3-way CrossfireX or 3-way SLI configuration via three PCI-E Gen 3 x16 slots, delivering maximum data bandwidth and maximum compatibility with the latest and upcoming discrete graphic cards.