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Gigabyte G1 Assassin and Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition Review – 5ghz

For our review today we built a new system around the Gigabyte G1 Assassin motherboard. We are using the new Antec liquid cooler and 6GB of high performance Kingston DDR3- 2000mhz memory. As always, special thanks to all our partners for supplying the hardware today.

Gigabyte G1 Assassin Test system:
Processor: Intel Core i7 990x
Cooler: Antec Kuhler H20 620 (full review forthcoming)
Motherboard: Gigabyte G1 Assassin
Memory: Kingston HyperX 6GB @ 2000mhz 9-10-9-31
Graphics : Sapphire HD6970 x 3, Inno3D GTX 580 x 2 (gaming tests) / Sapphire HD5870 Flex Edition CFx/MSI GTX 560 ti (productivity tests)
Drives: Crucial RealSSD C300 256GB & Kingston HyperX Max 3.0
Power Supply: Corsair AX1200
Optical Drive: Asus BluRay SBC-06d1S-U
Chassis: Antec Twelve Hundred (review forthcoming)
Monitors: 2 Prolite B2712HDS & Dell U2410 and Dell U3011 Ultrasharp.

Intel Core i5-2500k System:
Processor: Core i5-2500k
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB 1600mhz
Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 850W
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Extreme4
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Thermal Paste: Noctua NT H1
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10
Graphics: Gigabyte GTX460 OC
Drive: Intel X25-M SSD (160GB)
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit

Intel Core i7-2600k System:
Processor: Core i7-2600k
Memory: GSkill Ripjaws 4GB 2133mhz
Power Supply: Antec High Current Pro 850W
Motherboard: ASRock P67 Fatal1ty Pro
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Thermal Paste: Noctua NT H1
Chassis: Thermaltake Level 10
Graphics: Inno3D GTX570
Drive: Intel X25-M SSD (160GB)
Operating System: Windows 7 64 bit

Intel Core i5-655k System:
Processor: Intel Core i5 655k
Memory: Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600mhz
Motherboard: AsRock P55 Deluxe 3
Graphics Card: Sapphire HD6850
Power Supply: Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 750W
Chassis: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Drive: Kingston 128GB SSD

Intel Core i5-760 System:
Processor: Intel Core i5 760
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB 1600mhz
Motherboard: AsRock P55 Extreme4
Graphics Card: AMD HD6870
Power Supply: Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 750W
Chassis: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Drive: Kingston 128GB SSD

Intel Core i7 950 System
Processor: Intel Core i7 950
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tracer 6GB 1600mhz
Motherboard: AsRock X58 Extreme6
Graphics Card: AMD HD6850
Power Supply: Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 750W
Chassis: Antec Dark Fleet DF-85
Cooler: Noctua NH D14
Drive: Kingston 128GB SSD

Software:
Windows 7 64 Bit Enterprise Edition
Catalyst 11.2
Forceware 266.58
Fraps Professional
SiSoft Sandra
CPUz
GPUz
CPUID Hardware Monitor Professional
Cinebench R11.5 64 bit
CyberLink PowerDvd 10 Ultra
Cyberlink Media Espresso
CrystalMark
HDTach
HQV Benchmark V 2.0
3DMark 11
Unigine Heaven Benchmark

Games:
Alien V Predator
Lost Planet 2
Far Cry 2
Resident Evil 5
Mafia 2
Tom Clancy HAWX 2
Dead Space 2
F1 2010
Colin McRae Dirt 2
Crysis Warhead
Metro 2033
Left4Dead 2
Battleforge
Media Of Honor SP
Devil May Cry 4

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