As far as we are concerned, we believe the guys over at Universal abit are certainly on the comeback trail and they'll continue to improve if they continue producing motherboards like the QuadGT.
We have so far been provided three successful motherboards from them and one mediocre board, and surprisingly it was the nForce 680i. The big mother of them all that failed the QuadGT, AB9 Pro and the A8N 32X which were all smashing successes, proving ABIT can do it when it has to but they just skipped a couple of important beats with the IN9 32X-MAX Wi-Fi.
When we tested the AB9 Pro, we criticized it for its lack of Crossfire support and extra PCI Express x16 slot. Since the Intel P965 chip was given the Crossfire seal of approval, it seemed a big shame to not put that to use. Finally ABIT has really listened and started to put boards out that people want, not telling people what they want. The latest P965 motherboard from ABIT not only see dual graphics support but further additions such as an extra e.SATA port, better heat pipe cooling, better stability and durability through the use of solid state capacitors and digital PWM and the list goes on.
One thing we must really criticise if the placement of the FDD connector - I mean come on, how hard is it to place it behind the memory sockets, Gigabyte does it, ASUS does it, time to shape up on that one ABIT and get that fixed. Sure, rarely the aging floppy drive is used these days but it does add a slightly sour note to an overall very impressive motherboard.
Overall though the placement of the FDD connector didn't overshadow the great performance, very impressive features and solid package and we'd be silly not to recommend the ABIT AB9 QuadGT in a very high regard. It's up there as one of the best Intel P965 motherboards on the market and it's also cheaper than the Gigabyte DQ6 in Australia by about 15 - 20%.
Crossfire dual graphics support
Very stable with digital PWM and solid state capacitors
Tweaked out BIOS provides excellent performance
A couple e.SATA ports
Good bundle including all data cables
Cheaper than some other similar P965 motherboards
Silent cooling through ABIT SilentOTES
Easy OC and testing with onboard on / off switches and BIOS reset switch
Placement of the FDD connector is awful
Maximum attainable FSB a little lower than other boards
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Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award!
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