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Abit vs. Gigabyte: Tier 1 i865PE Head to Head (Page 15)

By Cameron Johnson from Aug 17, 2003 @ 23:00 CDT
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ABIT IS7-G Conclusions

ABIT, on the whole, have created a great board with only a few gripes we could really write home about. Layout and placement of connectors has been thought up a lot better than previous boards, while Firewire, Dual Serial ATA RAID options as well as the Gigabit Ethernet does make this a very tempting motherboard to purchase. However, there are a few issues that did come up.

First off is overclocking. ABIT has acknowledged a BIOS problem that limits FSB speeds to 255Mhz FSB; anything over this (even with unlocked CPU's) makes the system unstable.

Another issue was the removal of the CSA network controller over the PCI based 3Com Ethernet. Intel's own CSA allows for a much smoother networking experience with high bandwidth at the ready, so it was disappointing to see it left out.

- Pros

Fast

Stable

Dual Serial ATA RAID

Firewire

Gigabit Ethernet

4-phase power system

- Cons

Use of PCI Gigabit Ethernet over CSA Ethernet

Limited to 255FSB at present time

Rating - 8/10

Gigabyte 8PENXP Conclusions

Gigabyte has put together a back-to-back set of boards with identical layers and features with the 8PENXP and 8KNXP. Now it's not so hard to choose value or high performance as you get it on both. Layout wise, the board was very good with only the 4-pin power connector being the major flaw. Overclocking was good with FSB speeds in excess of 300MHz being reached, and with a great selection of voltages, Gigabyte has come up with yet another great board.

- Pros

Fast

Stable

Firewire

Serial ATA RAID

Parallel IDE RAID

DPRS rev 2.0 system for 6-phase power

- Cons

Use of ICH5 over ICH5R

Rating - 9/10 and TweakTown's Editors Choice Award

Today we have concluded the Tier 1 testings with Gigabyte taking home the prizes. Stay tuned for the Tier 2 battle of EPoX vs. Albatron and Tier 3 with ECS taking on FIC.

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