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Abit IP35-E Socket 775 Motherboard

ccokeman    -   July 5, 2007
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Conclusion:

This board had a little bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly. The ugly being the fact that it has an issue with a double reboot on each restart. The issue is not exclusive to this chipset as the Intel 965 boards had the same issues. After speaking with Abit, the issue is known and is being looked into. A BIOS update is being looked to for a solution. The bad was that my CPU would only run a max FSB of 355. While this is not a big issue, with a higher multiplier I was expecting a little more. With that being said, 3550 MHz isn't too shabby of an overclock. Now for the good. Performance was at or above the level of the other chipsets we compared it to at stock CPU speeds and default settings. In our suite of gaming benchmarks, it consistently out-performed the other chipsets, sometimes by a wide margin. Something that was quite unexpected, considering the strengths of the 680i chipset, are in the area of graphics and memory performance. Without all the bells and whistles that its top of the line brethren feature, this board performs at a level sure to please.

This review is the first in a series of three P35 offerings from Abit. Make sure you stay tuned for the next review in the series, due next week.

 

Pros:

  • Ease of Operation
  • Easy Overclocking
  • Spacious Layout
  • HDMI Ready
  • Gaming Performance
  • Attractive Pricing

 

Cons:

  • Double Reboot Issue
  • Passive Cooling
  • 1 16x PCI-e Slot
  • No Firewire
  • Not RAID Capable
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