Abit IP35 Dark Raider Socket 775 Motherboardccokeman -
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After having some time to put this board through its paces, it fared equal to or better than the IP35-E in our testing, with the exception being overclocking! This is not what it sounds like. The good news is that the "Dark Raider" fared better on the overclocking front than the IP35-E. I was able to reach a clock speed of 3645 MHz by running the processor at 405 x 9 instead of 355 x 10 on the IP35-E. Overall, that equates to better performance from this board. The double reboot issue that was so frustrating on the E model only shows it ugly head on this board when you run too far out of spec. As long as you are on the correct side of that ragged edge, it does not exist. During the video benchmarking phase of our testing, the results were on par with what the E model delivered and again, better than the competition in almost all of the tests. With the system benchmarking, the results were a little closer with the IP35 taking more performance wins than losses. Having expanded the feature set and given the board some additional performance, Abit has given the enthusiast an alternative to the high priced socket 775 motherboards on the market. Now that we have looked at the first two boards in the series and have seen the level of performance they deliver, we look foward to the final installment of this trilogy when we test the top of the line IP35 Pro. Stay tuned!
- HDMI capability
- Performance value
- Single PCI-E x16 slot