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ABIT IC7 MAX3 - Taking Canterwood to the MAX (Page 13)

Shawn Baker | Oct 27, 2003 at 11:00 pm CST - 1 min, 24 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: ABIT

Conclusion

The ABIT IC7-MAX3 is a very fast motherboard and we were able to do a lot of testing with it thanks to our recent Dual Channel DDR Roundup which saw us take it up and above to speeds of 250MHz FSB. While during testing we had an engineering sample arrive from Intel, and we were fortunate enough to get into Windows at speeds of 270MHz plus - which says very good things for ABIT's engineering.

If it was the new OTES cooling helping the motherboard overclock or simply the huge amount of VDIMM we were able to pump through, we don't know but whatever it is, ABIT have gone out of their way to produce an absolutely awesome product.

This motherboard isn't for everyone as it does carry quite a hefty price tag when compared to other Canterwood motherboards but for people who simply want the type of performance this product offers, you can't look past it. There is truly no doubting that this is one of the best motherboards on the market right now and you do get what you pay for at the end of the day.

There was a reason we used this motherboard for the Dual Channel Roundup and it was strictly due to its awesome performance. If you're moving over to Intel and can afford to spend the extra dollars, we definitely recommend this motherboard over any other Intel Canterwood based motherboard we have had the chance to test to date.

Pros

- Excellent looking motherboard

- Secure IDE

- Over 255 FSB issue gone

- Impressive overclocking

- OTES cooling

- New Northbridge fan design

- Higher memory bandwidth

Cons

- Expensive

- Slower then the IC7 at some points

Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's Performance Award

Last updated: Apr 7, 2020 at 12:25 pm CDT

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