Abit IP35 Motherboard Review
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
While the budget-oriented Abit IP35-E did not fare too well last week, Overclockers Club has just reviewed the regular Abit IP35 motherboard. Can this motherboard put up a strong showing for Abit?
Lets see what they had to say:
After having some time to put this board through its paces, it fared equal to or better than the IP35-E in our testing, with the exception being overclocking! This is not what it sounds like. The good news is that the "Dark Raider" fared better on the overclocking front than the IP35-E. I was able to reach a clock speed of 3645 MHz by running the processor at 405 x 9 instead of 355 x 10 on the IP35-E. Overall, that equates to better performance from this board. The double reboot issue that was so frustrating on the E model only shows it ugly head on this board when you run too far out of spec. As long as you are on the correct side of that ragged edge, it does not exist. During the video benchmarking phase of our testing, the results were on par with what the E model delivered and again, better than the competition in almost all of the tests. With the system benchmarking, the results were a little closer with the IP35 taking more performance wins than losses.
Overall, this is a much better offering than the IP35-E. It overclocks better, it has superior northbridge and mosfet cooling, and the HDMI capability is definitely a plus. Arguably, this motherboards only fault is its price, which is $10USD more than the highly-acclaimed Asus P5K.
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