Abit IP35 Pro Socket 775 Motherboardccokeman -
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After testing the first two boards in the companies trilogy, I was left wanting something more. Were they stable? Yes they were. Did they perform? Yes they did. As an enthusiast I was hoping for the most from all three of the boards. At stock settings all three perform similarly without anything but feature set to distinguish one from the other with no clear cut winner in performance. Now when it comes to overclocking I reached FSB limitations on each board, 355 on the IP35-E, 405 on the IP35 "Dark Raider" and 490 on the Pro version. While not the 500+ some have been able to reach my CPU reaches its limit at 490 FSB. While able to boot at 500 FSB it just would not load windows. At 490 FSB, though, it is 12+ hours Orthos stable, a feat in itself for the tested CPU. This, by the way, is higher than any of the boards I have had the pleasure of reviewing.
With that being said, it was easy to get this kind of overclock on the testbed CPU. Rumors of the P35's P965 type FSB scaling seem to be true when it comes to the Pro version in the series. At a price point far below some of the high end boards on the market (Including their own) Abit has a winner on their hands with the IP35 Pro. If you are ready to make the jump into the Core 2 Duo overclocking frenzy keep this board on top of your short list. Without any setup problems or little gremlins to chase down it has proven itself. It was indeed a "Wild Ride"!
- Overclocking ability
- Feature set
- Performance Value
- Ease of setup
- Unable to run SLI