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Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard Review - AK35GTR - Page 7

With so many KT266A based motherboards to choose from, how are you supposed to come up with a winner? To help clear up some of the confusion, Mike "Darthtanion" Wright has taken a look at the Shuttle AK35GTR Motherboard. It has some features that will make your jaw drop, and performance levels that are at the top of the class. Come see for yourself why this little gem earned an Editors Choice Award.

| Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 6, 2002 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Shuttle

Conclusion

 

There you have it. A motherboard that maximizes features so that those who fall into the group of "Power User" will have all we need and then some. With performance that surpasses the EPoX 8KHA+ board, and overclocking options enough to make even the most hardcore among us drool, we've got quite a board here.

 

But for those who still don't think that this is enough for you, we'll just go ahead and throw in the newest RAID controller to hit the market as well. With support for RAID 0, 1 and 0+1, we have the makings of a natural born killer. Add again the ATA133 support, and things just keep looking better all the time.

 

All is not perfect, of course. For example, if you use all six USB ports and the subwoofer add-on port, you'll be cutting your available PCI slots in half. An option to have more of these devices placed on a single add-on slot would be nice. It would also have been nice if the available multipliers were maxed out at a higher value. But even with a couple of digs about this board, the benefits outweigh the disabilities by a huge margin.

 

Finally, we need to consider price. I went to one of my favorite online stores and priced the Shuttle AK35GTR against the EPoX 8KHA+ since that will be one of it's biggest competitors. The result was the Shuttle board being only US$8.00 higher, and that's with RAID built in. So even those who are looking for a bargain can be happy.

 

Bottom line...If you're one of those who want to overclock your system and also want features that will make you the biggest dog on the block, then do yourself a favor and get one of these motherboards. Simply put, IT ROCKS!

 

- Pros

 

KT266A chipset

 

Outstanding performance

 

Superb overclocker board

 

Awesome voltage mod accessible through BIOS

 

Price

 

- Cons

 

Use of all add-on ports restricts PCI port access

 

Multiplier only goes to 14x

 

Rating - 9.5/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

 

 

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