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ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review
ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: ABIT's newest flagship Athlon64 motherboard is the ABIT AN8 32X, based upon the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset.
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External Mfg. Website: ABIT Apr 04 2006   C. Sun  
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Inside the AN8-32x's BIOS

In the Advanced Chipset Features, users will find the DRAM Configuration Settings. In this area, hardware enthusiasts can adjust memory timings and fiddle with the same memory options that all other high end motherboards include. Tweakers will no doubt spend a lot of time in here trying to find the perfect settings.

In the MicroGuru section, enthusiasts find the overclocking options. There are CPU clock multiplier options, the motherboard clock speed can be adjusted between 200-400 MHz in 1 MHz increments and PCI Express bus between 100-145 MHz in 1 MHz increments. CPU voltage goes as high as 1.9V and memory voltage to 3.8V, plenty for hardcore overclockers. Noticeably absent are chipset voltage options.

The ABIT EQ section contains a load of interesting info for hardware enthusiasts. ABIT's voltage monitoring section offers the most detailed numbers of any motherboard yet tested.

ABIT's temperature monitoring section also contains a whole wealth of information, not just processor temperatures...

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the ABIT AN8 32x motherboard test system was configured for benchmarking, including the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions are indicated below. In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this nVidia NForce4 SLI x16 system is to be compared against. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results.

PCSTATS Test System Configurations
test system reference system

amd Athlon64 4000+

Clock Speed:

12 x 200 MHz = 2.4 GHz

Motherboard: ABIT AN8 32X (NF4 SLI x16)

Albatron K8X890 Pro II (K8T890)
RS480M2-IL (RS480)
939Dual-SATA2 (ULi M1695)
Zenith VNF4 Ultra (NF4 Ultra)
MSI K8N Diamond Plus (NF4 SLI x16)
KN1 Extreme SLI (NF4 SLI)
LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-DR Expert (NF4 SLI)

Videocard: MSI NX7800GTX-VT2D256E

2x 512MB OCZ Gold GX PC3500 DDR

Hard Drive: 74GB Western Digital Raptor WD740
CDROM: AOpen Combo 52x
PowerSupply: PC Power & Cooling TurboCool 510 SLI
Heatsink: Athlon64 4000+ Reference Heatsink
Software Setup:

Microsoft WindowsXP SP2
nVIDIA Forceware 6.70
nVIDIA Forceware 81.95


SYSMark 2004
Business Winstone 2004
Content Creation 2004
Super Pi
SiSoft Sandra 2005
X2: The Threat
Doom 3

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Contents of Article: ABIT AN8 32x
 Pg 1.  ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review
 Pg 2.  ABIT AN8-32X and Onboard RAID
 Pg 3.  nForce4 SLI x16 Chipset and Cooling
 Pg 4.  Overclocking Tests, Trials, Triumph?
 Pg 5.  — Inside the AN8-32x's BIOS
 Pg 6.  Benchmarks: SYSMark 2004
 Pg 7.  Benchmarks: Winstone 2004, Sandra 2005
 Pg 8.  Benchmarks: SuperPi, PCMark 05
 Pg 9.  Benchmarks: 3DMark05, X2 The Threat
 Pg 10.  Benchmarks: UT2004, Doom 3
 Pg 11.  Final Word on the ABIT AN8 32X

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