Abit IP35 Pro Intel P35-based motherboard
Review The Pro is the current feature-packed flagship of Abit's P35 range of motherboards based around - surprise, surprise - Intel's P35 chipset, and supports Intel's range of 1333, 1066 and 800MHz frontside processors, including the Core 2 Extreme, the Core 2 Quad and the Core 2 Duo.
Built on a blue PCB, the IP35 Pro is very neatly laid out, with space around all the major components, which include solid-state capacitors that give more stability to the board, especially when it's being overclocked.
Abit's IP35 Pro: very neatly laid out
The first thing that strikes you about Abit's P35 is the passive cooling - the board uses Abit's Silent OTES heatpipe technology. Both the P35 northbridge chip and the MOSFETs are covered with large copper coolers, while the southbridge chip has a much smaller one, all three being connected by a single copper heatpipe.
Although the P35 chipset has memory controllers for both DDR and DDR 3, Abit has chosen to fit the IP35 with DDR 2, which makes sense as DDR 3 is very much in its early days and the jury's still out on any performance advantage at the present time. Four DIMM slots provide support for up to 8GB of 800 or 667MHz dual-channel DDR 2 memory.
A neat design touch sees all the edge-mounted 3Gbps SATA ports - six of them - turned to 90°, allowing even the longest graphics cards - think Nvidia's 8800 Ultra - to be fitted without any problems. As the IP35 uses the R version of the ICH9 southbridge, these SATA ports can be used to build RAID 0, 1, 5 or 10 arrays. Outward-facing eSATA is also supported thanks to a JMB363 chip, and two eSATA ports are located on the rear I/O panel.
The single ATA and floppy drive ports are edge-mounted too, as is the ATX power socket, all of which allow for neater cable runs that not only look good, but help with air flow inside the PC case.
I own this motherboard
.... and am very happy with it. Few nice touches:
- really good layout. I fitted CPU cooler with 120mm fan (a very quite one) with no problems
- PWM controller for CPU fan - although I had to search for one (picked Scythe Kama) it just works at 600 RPM. Or stops completly when cooling is not needed - and it does not make me nervous. Also, all other fans are controlled by the motherboard (voltage regulation - not so reliable as PWM, but with good fans works just as well). Which makes for some really quite machine.
- uGuru - it's the first motherboard monitoring software I've seen that works well without administrative rights required (I use "power user" for almost everything). It also allows switching fan speeds AND CPU speeds without restart etc - all settings are just click away. Although it ships with ugliest skins ever seen, one can customize them (I use one from http://forum.uabit.com/showthread.php?t=110148 )
Not sure what the original grudge poster is on about.
My Abit BP-6 motherboard is still powering along nicely in 2007 with two Celeron 533Mhz CPUs and 384Mb RAM running RedHat 7.3 for my Kylix devlopment machine.
This was the dual Celeron board right? Released about 6/7 years ago at a guess? That's a proper grudge you've got going on there!
You'll be incensed to hear I've owned several Abits (and played with a BP6 in the past) with no problems. Sorry! :-)
Still bitter about BP6
Totally off topic I know, but every time I see Abit mentioned I cringe.
Been a while, but I'm still bitter about the Abit BP6, I had high hopes for that board and together with those hopes it caused much grief and frustration(over the span of more than a year). Haven't used Abit since.
Yeah, I hold grudges.
Why was the asus p5k series boards not included in comparison?
I have a Asus P5k board with the intel p35 chipset and it would have been interesting to see the comparison between the abit board and asus board. I use to be a avid abit fan so it would be nice know how they stack up.