If you're looking for
the ultimate i845PE motherboard look no further then
the Abit IT7
MAX2 Rev2. Performance of the the motherboard was quite good, but that's pretty
much a given when you're dealing with an i845PE based board. If you are into overclocking, the IT7 MAX2 Rev2 is
really built with you in mind.
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With stock cooling the board we tested was able to
push a Pentium4 1.6A to 178 MHz FSB.
With a retail price of $250 CDN ($165 US)
the Abit IT7 MAX2 Rev2 is easily the most expensive i845PE motherboard on the
market right now, and is geared towards the high-end crowd who scoff at
things like printer ports with contempt. If your idea of a Pentium4 mobo is one which is well
rounded, well equipped, and you don't mind paying for it, the IT7 MAX2 Rev2 is certainly
a nice fit. Lastly if you're a performance enthusiast/overclocker, the IT7
MAX2 Rev2 is one of the best overclocking boards on the market to date. High end
performance has never been cheap and if you want the best you're certainly going
to pay for it!
of features, the IT7 MAX2 Rev2 puts up
stiff competition; this board has Serial ATA, an included IDE to Serial ATA adapter,
Ultra/133 IDE RAID, ten USB 2.0 ports, three IEEE 1394's, 10/100 LAN, 5.1 audio and even
a Port 80 diagnostics card.
goodies include no less than five fan headers and a set of on board power
and reset switches. The layout of the motherboard is very good as well, the main
IDE, floppy and ATX power connectors are all located in their ideal spots. You
can still install memory into the DIMM slots even if you're using a longer
videocard like a GeForce4 Ti4600.
isn't much to complain about the IT7 MAX2 Rev2, I
would have liked to see a better on board audio solution since this is Abit's "flagship"
Pentium 4 motherboard. Something like the C-Media's 8738 would have been
more appropriate then the CPU sucking AC'97 codec in my opinion. Other then that
the board is near perfect. If you're
looking to buy a top of the line Pentium 4 motherboard right now, the Abit IT7 MAX2 Rev2 will certainly
keep you happy. Heck I bought one myself and it hasn't let me down yet. If
you're just thinking about
upgrading, perhaps you'd be best served to wait for a Springdale/Canterwood based iteration of the IT7 which Abit will
almost certainly produce when the time is
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