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ABIT AI7 Springdale Motherboard - Pure Intelligence by ABIT

By: Cameron Johnson | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Nov 21, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: ABIT



Without a doubt, ABIT is on the rise as THE name in motherboards once again. With a slump in their motherboards in the past little while, ABIT has had to contend with Gigabyte's rise and the ASUS adoption of overclocking, and with both companies doing a good job at it, it has taken ABIT to create a great motherboard to take it back, the IC7 MAX3 was the product which did it for them. Now with this being the benchmark, ABIT needed to follow it up with some interesting products, the AI7 is definitely one of them.


With the budget user in mind, ABIT certainly hasn't skimped on quality and additional components. ABIT's design for the AI7 is most certainly a motherboard for the value orientated overclockers. Even if you are not on a budget, make sure you give it some thought.


Overall we enjoyed the overclocking abilities as well as the all new uGuru overclocking and system monitoring system as well as its relatively cheap price tag with performance comparable to the more expensive IC7 MAX3 solution.


- Pros








No 255MHz FSB issue anymore


Impressive overclocking


uGuru for system monitoring in Windows


New Northbridge cooling


- Cons


Placement of the FDD connector could have done with more thought


No CSA Gigabit Ethernet


Rating - 9 out of 10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice award for Performance and Value



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