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ABIT AN8-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review

ABIT AN8-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Hardware goodies include IEEE 1394 firewire, a Gigabit NIC, a stand-alone 7.1 channel AC'97 audio card, a Port 80 diagnostics card.
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External Mfg. Website: ABIT Aug 16 2005   Colin Sun  
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ABIT's Furthering Overclocking

Overclocking is big business, and I am happy to see ABIT has gotten back into the game. While the landscape has changed from the days when ABIT was the best at it, and the competition is a lot more intense, the AN8-SLI shows a lot of promise.

These days virtually every manufacturer offers dizzying array of motherboard clock speed and memory timing adjustments, but what separates the men from the boys are those that allow for high voltages. Asus and Foxconn look to be on the cusp of hardcore overclocking with voltages almost high enough... but if you want to go fast, DFI and ABIT are the only current options. Just be sure you know what you're doing, or there is a very real danger of frying components with voltages that are too high, and cooling solutions which are not sufficiently powerful enough.

With a retail price of $165 CDN ($138 US), the ABIT AN8-SLI is a budget overclocker's dream. The board is quite bare compared to today's standards; it really only has a Gigabit NIC, 7.1 channel audio controller, IEEE 1394, a Port 80 diagnostics card... not much outside of what the nForce 4 SLI chipset offers. Along with twin PCI Express X16 slots that support SLI, the ABIT's Q-OTES heatpipe chipset cooling solution, and the standard assortment of IDE and SATA ports, the AN8-SLI offers up two open PCI slots and two PCI Express x1 slots for future expansion.

The general layout of the motherboard is good and in typical ABIT fashion, the motherboard is very well labelled. Hopefully ABIT has also learned its lesson with cheap electrolytic capacitors; Rubycon and Sanyo have good reputations, but KZG we're not familiar with. About the only thing I was surprised to see was the location of the Auxiliary power connector. Placed under the last PCI slot, it's simply in the worst possible location!?

I really appreciate the usefulness of the Port 80 card, and I am happy to see that ABIT equipped its AN8-SLI with one. Enthusiasts who use this board will have an easier time diagnosing problems thanks to that feature. Performance of the motherboard was excellent, and the AN8-SLI will not disappoint anyone with its blistering performance. From Doom 3 to UT2004 and SYSmark, the ABIT AN8-SLI motherboard routinely battled things out with the Asus A8N-SLI Premium and DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR for top spot.

Overclockers will love all the overclocking options ABIT has built into this board too; 3.5V DDR RAM voltage and 1.8V NF4 voltage are some pretty nice options, would you not agree? The AN8-SLI is a fine enthusiast calibre motherboard and will no doubt keep overclockers burning the mid night oil trying to find their system's sweet spot.

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Contents of Article: ABIT AN8-SLI
 Pg 1.  ABIT AN8-SLI nForce4-SLI Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  Closer look at the AN8-SLI
 Pg 3.  7-Channel Audio and Overclocking!
 Pg 4.  ABIT AN8-SLI BIOS and Test Specs
 Pg 5.  Benchmarks: SYSmark 2004
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Winbench 99
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: SiSoft Sandra, Super Pi
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: PCMark04, 3DMark2001
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, Comanche 4
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: X2: The Threat, UT2003
 Pg 11.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 12.  — ABIT's Furthering Overclocking

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