Abit IP35 Dark Raider Socket 775 Motherboardccokeman -
Price: $149.99 USD
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It's time for a new motherboard and you just don't know where to turn. With the dizzying array of products out on the market today, it's tough to make a decision about who, what, where and why. If the Intel side of the fence is where your loyalties lie, Abit has a series of motherboards that offer performance from mild to wild with its IP35 series. Today's test subject is the IP35 "Dark Raider", the middle board in a trilogy of boards. Off Limits is stated boldly on the box, will the performance delivered be Off Limits? Let's find out. This board offers support for the latest 1333 FSB processors, support for quad-core, 7.1 Realtek sound with HDMI capabilities, and solid state capacitors.
Abit was formed just over 15 years ago and has had many success stories over the years. Moving forward, Abit is designing products with what it calls "Bulletproof Technology". "BulletProof Technology ensures a superior product by focusing on four key areas: Quality, Stability, Reliability, and Engineering. With BulletProof Technology, users can count on Abit products to consistently deliver award-winning performance and stability today and tomorrow".
While the asian-themed artwork was nice, I like the the Monster Truck theme on this motherboard. The specifications are listed in detail on the rear panel of the box, highlighting each item.
Once inside the box we can see the accessories and documentation. The board is packed fairly well with support on all sides, keeping the board from sliding around. Eliminating any chance for movement is a good thing in the case of a motherboard.