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ABIT to the MAX - IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 - Conclusion

ABIT have had a very strong tradition of producing high quality motherboards with features right in the line of what enthusiasts want. Today Cameron "Sov" Johnson takes a look at their latest Intel based solution, the IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 based on the i845PE with Hyper-Threading support for the Intel Pentium 4 platform. With future-proofing features for upcoming processors, does it have what it takes to be your next board? Read on and find out!

| Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Feb 19, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: ABIT

Conclusion

 

In the fullness of ABIT's time in producing motherboards, they have come to understand what is needed and what is wanted by the hardware community - and this board is no exception, it is designed with the present day needs and demands in mind, as well as the best possibilities to future-proof it.

 

Layout of the board is one of the best available to-date. Designed to remove legacy ports (for us with USB scanners, printers and mice) this board gives us all the latest ports and with Firewire and Serial ATA onboard, you have the ultimate board.

 

Overclocking of the board was a fantastic journey. Softmenu III is the simplest tool to operate. With the right tweaking, I was able to move up to 175MHz FSB with our memory being the main bottleneck.

 

In all, the board had only one flaw and that was the placement of the four pin ATX power connector. While it was an inconvenience it wasn't a full obstruction of the CPU, which was tolerable. The IT7 Max2 Rev 2.0 is another award winner from ABIT.

 

- Pros

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Serial ATA

 

10 USB 2.0 Ports

 

Firewire onboard

 

Serial ATA

 

Hardware Networking

 

Cons

 

Bad placement of the four pin power connector

 

Rating: 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown Editors Choice Award

 

 

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