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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

Conclusion

 

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

 

Fast

 

Stable

 

Affordable

 

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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