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ABIT back in the game, AN8-32X scrutinised (Page 15)

By: Cameron Johnson from Apr 10, 2006 @ 23:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 85%Manufacturer: Universal ABIT

Final Thoughts

nVidia first said that twin PCI Express x8 slots would be enough to keep the SLI dual graphics masses happy but how wrong they were. Users are starting to use higher levels of AA and AF settings and resolutions keep getting higher (even hitting the 2046 x mark now) and to keep that type of resolution and graphics quality level happy, you need some monster hardware and a powerful interface for them to communicate across - and dual PCI Express x16 is the only way it can be done if you are really serious about your gaming.

ABIT, now out of the ashes, have put together a fantastic motherboard for the first one we have seen in our labs for a long time and we have no hesitations of recommending it for those looking for something to overclock as well as a feature-rich motherboard without breaking the bank.

Overclocking features on the motherboard could be a bit more robust. We would have liked to see voltage options for the HT links as well as voltages for the North and Southbridges, which could help get a few more MHz out of a system but nevertheless, the FSB overclocking result we obtained was very impressive and represents the usual ABIT style we have been use to over the previous many years.

Overall we like the layout, performance and features of the ABIT AN8 32X and it's great to see they have managed to pull themselves out of the dark and into the overclocking light once again with a motherboard which deserves some serious consideration. Look out; ABIT is back in the game!

- Pros


Above 350MHz FSB overclocking!

Firewire as standard

Additional SATA controller

Not as expensive as ASUS A8N32-SLI

- Cons

Placement of the 4-pin power connector and FDD needs some work

No voltage options for HT link or North and Southbridge's

- Latest Pricing

Rating - 8.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award

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