Conclusions on the AN8 32x
ABIT is a
sentimental favorite for many old school overclockers, and with the recent
merger with Universal Scientific Industries ABIT lives on.
The new ABIT AN8 32X takes off where the older ABIT
AN8-SLI left off, dishing out faster SLI support and an additional Serial
ATA II controller as well. Of course because the motherboards are based on the
same design, the quirks that popped up with the AN8-SLI are still present with
the AN8 32X.
The nForce4 SLI x16 chipset is a small evolutionary step
above the nForce4 SLI chipset that we all known and love. With the help of the
C51D Northbridge, the nForce4 SLI x16 allows two nVIDIA videocards to run in SLI
mode with each card able to access 16 PCI Express lanes. It may not make much of
a difference right now, but as future generation PCI Express videocards start to
chew up more bandwidth it will.
||Experts Tip: Double check your
So much for unified motherboard drivers... When
searching nVIDIA's website for driver updates for the nForce4 SLI x16, make sure
you download the right driver. While that might sound strange, the nForce4
SLI driver will install on nForce4 x16 platforms (and vice versa) however
it's possible that the wrong driver could cause compatibility problems.
Pay attention to which driver package is being downloaded and it can save
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Like all other flagship
motherboards, the ABIT AN8 32X is a very quick board that can handle the most
intensive applications there are. From 2D workstation office style apps to the
latest 3D games, if you give the ABIT AN8 32X the supporting cast it deserves,
it will make things fly.
This ABIT motherboard held up very well against the
DFI LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert and MSI K8N Diamond Plus, both of which are two
of the fastest boards on the market.
The ABIT AN8 32X BIOS has good overclocking and voltage options,
enough to keep hardcore enthusiasts happy for quite some time. The results with
this board were a mixed bag, and our overclock of 280 MHz while
respectable is less than we would have expected from one of ABIT's flagship
With a retail price of $208 CDN ($178 USD, $102 GBP), the ABIT
AN8 32X motherboard is aggressively priced compared to other nForce4 SLI x16
motherboards, and that gives it an edge. The ABIT AN8 32X has all the
hardcore options overclockers expect, and is a great alternative to the usual
DFI dominated based Athlon64 setups.
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