But for all the new goodies, they haven’t shown much performance advantage over the P chipset that preceded them. Abit does include 3 Firewire ports for those who need firewire connections, but the feature set is otherwise straight Intel X. This is the same High-Definition audio codec that we see used in most motherboards in the roundup. One feature which stands out on the motherboards at first glance is the funky new blue Northbridge cooler. The picture below shows you what the clock displays best. Previous Page Next Page. Also available are three user defined settings allowing you to have unique and customized settings available for multiple operations.
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Steam names the best-selling games of Your CPU voltage can be adjusted from 1. CPU, north bridge, and system fans. LGA socket with safety cap on to protect the grid array.
Abit’s AA8 DuraMax motherboard
As saa as overclocking features go on they really are second to none. Being on top of their game, ABIT had quite a habit of generating hype as well.
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[H]ardOCP: ABIT AA8 DuraMAX
Once we kick our cooling up a notch and get a hold of our engineering sample processor or just a processor capable of higher FSB we will look closer into the overclocking of the processor staa these motherboards as they do seem to be one of the better looking motherboards as far as the BIOS goes with options available for overclocking.
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The way it’s designed is that it pushes the air over the top of the Northbridge chip and moves down to cool the Southbridge. News [H]ard Forum Settings. Both these locations are excellent in that they will not force you to fish cables over or around the CPU. The Abit trademark 2-digit diagnostic LEDs are also found on the AA8, and we have found that they can be very useful for troubleshooting.
Not only that, but the board is fast, stable, and robust enough to handle some abuse. Inside the box are the motherboard and a few included pieces aimed at getting the product installed and operating. What you get with the packaging: This will still support power supplies with the typical pin connector, but be sure to note proper orientation during installation.
When you try to route the floppy cable to abut the 4 SATA connectors, it tends to hide the diagnostic LEDs and interfere with the front-panel connectors. Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK’s website.
As far as physical layout goes, both motherboards are almost exactly the same.
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The middle left shows you the fan speed on a number of different fans and below that we have the time and if you have received a MSN message.
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It is designed to give you all the information you need on they fly. However, not everything they introduced was as well received by the industry. ABIT includes three pre-set clock changes: Their SoftMenu BIOS not only removed the need for nail busting motherboard jumpers, it also opened up a whole can of worms for the enthusiast community. If the system locks up due to an unsuccessful OC, simple reboot and the system will be reinstated to its previous optimized setting.
The ability for a 1MHz incremental FSB overclocking and various voltage settings jumpstarted the whole overclocking scene.
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Below that is the room temperature which a lot of people would find useful when overclocking as it is useful to know ambient temperate as opposed to case. But for all the new goodies, they haven’t shown much performance advantage over the P chipset that preceded them. The AA8 DuraMAX comes protected in a black box with blue accents along with a shadowy figure shrouded in a hooded cloak pointing out the uGuru potential of the motherboard nestled inside.
Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada’s website. When one has a conversation revolving around the top motherboards available, several models from ABIT are bound to be a part of the discussion.
As you can see, the LGA socket features the new layout with the pins on the socket land-grid-array versus on the satz itself. Second, the Abit AA8 is a true enthusiast’s mobo, with more tweakage options, voltage settings, and overclocking facilities than your average button-down corporate motherboard could even contemplate.