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Today we take a look at ABIT’s latest offering on the Athlon 64 platform, the AV8. Running on VIA’s K8T800 Pro, does this board have what it takes to take on the already proven ASUS and MSI offerings? Come take a look.

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Introduction:

With Athlon 64 processors based on AMD’s new Socket 939 architecture in the retail channel for almost two months now, it’s time to switch gears and take a look at a few motherboards designed for the enthusiast crowd. We’ve already taken a look at boards from ASUS and MSI, both being quality offerings. Today we’ll be looking at ABIT’s latest offering on the Socket 939 platform, the ABIT A8V. ABIT’s latest board runs on the very popular VIA K8T800 Pro chipset and is equipped with ABIT’s

µGuru overclocking technology.

We haven’t really had too much luck with overclocking the Athlon 64 3800+, as flagship CPU’s tend to yield uneventful overclocks. We’ll be comparing the AV8 to the MSI K8T Neo2-FIR and the ASUS A8V Deluxe, two of the best Athlon 64 motherboards currently on the market. Will the AV8 prove to be a top performer and a motherboard that screams overclockability? Let’s take a closer look…

Specifications:

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Chipset
VIA K8T800 Pro
Processor Support
AMD socket 939 Athlon 64 + Athlon 64 FX CPU
System Bus
2000 MT/s
Memory
- 4 x 184-pin DIMM Sockets support max. 4GB DDR400/DDR333/DDR266 non-ECC un-buffered DDR SDRAM memory
– Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Voltages
VCore up to 1.75V
VDIMM up to 2.85V
VAGP up to 1.85V
Expansion Slots
1 AGP Slot
5 PCI Slots
IEEE394
VIA 1394 Controller supports 2 x 1394 ports
USB 2.0
8 USB2.0 ports
Form Factor
ATX Form Factor, 12″x 9.6″(30.5cm x 24.5cm)
Onboard IDE / SATA
IDE Channel : ATA133 x 2
Serial ATA Channel x
Integrated Components
10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet
6-Channel AC97 CODEC
Onboard IEEE 1394a

 

 

Package Contents:

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•User Manual
•Easy Installation Guide
•Drivers & Utilities CD
•Floppy Disk cable x 1
•80-wire ATA133 cable x 1
•Serial ATA cable x 2
•Serial ATA Power cable x 1
•USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 Bracket
•Back Panel I/O Shield x 1

The AV8′s bundle is pretty standard in today’s motherboard market. You really only get the necessary items, cables, instructions, and of course drivers.