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Old 28th Mar 2006, 11:15   #1
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ABIT AN8 32X

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Old 28th Mar 2006, 11:46   #2
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Good one Tim, This board seems to be an excellent start on the road to recovery. Well done ABIT..;-)
(oops, just broke my arm patting myself on the back..hehe)
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Old 28th Mar 2006, 12:39   #3
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Just purchased the board myself, as Overclockers Uk are doing a very good deal on them this week...


http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...ocket_939.html
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Old 28th Mar 2006, 12:45   #4
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Damn, that's a good deal, thanks for the heads up and welcome to the forums!
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Old 28th Mar 2006, 14:20   #5
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Nice board - i like the SATA cables ...however I'm still in favour of the Asus A8R32-MVP if you are not after SLI!!
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I can't imagine needing a single socket 939 board any time soon, but that looks like a VERY nice board. I love all the SATA sockets and the RAID 5 functionality. Also nice to see GB LAN going mainstream. Now if the price on GB switches would only come down some.

Only Bit-Tech would refer to water cooling as "One of the more aminstream cooling soulutions on the market"
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Old 28th Mar 2006, 15:52   #7
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The Inq reported that consumer 8port gigabit switches are now $56

http://theinquirer.net/?article=30559

GbE has been "mainstream" since... 2004, at least.
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Im with you on good step, Tim; this board is definitely a step in the right direction. (even further would be to clone the Ultimate Motherboard )
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As soon as I read, "lack of legacy connectors on the back I/O panel", this board became my new optimum performance choice of a motherboard . I've been waiting so long for this.
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As soon as I read, "lack of legacy connectors on the back I/O panel", this board became my new optimum performance choice of a motherboard . I've been waiting so long for this.
Evidently you havent noticed the DFI Nforce 4 SLI series - those dont have legacy either Seriously, if you dont want legacy connectors, you can easily desolder the buggers (Im starting to think I may want to make TuM's PATA socket removable )
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Evidently you havent noticed the DFI Nforce 4 SLI series - those dont have legacy either Seriously, if you dont want legacy connectors, you can easily desolder the buggers (Im starting to think I may want to make TuM's PATA socket removable )
Kool. Thanks for notifying me of that.
And as a customer, I expect not to have to take such measures ("desolder the buggers"), just to lose the legacy hardware on my products. At least companies are starting to make the change now, so I won't have to.
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As soon as I read, "lack of legacy connectors on the back I/O panel", this board became my new optimum performance choice of a motherboard . I've been waiting so long for this.
Remember Abit's AT7? That one dumped the legacy connectors with a Socket A board. Once again, Abit leads the way
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Old 28th Mar 2006, 23:22   #13
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Good review

Certainly a nice one from Abit there - good to see that they're making their way steadily back into the market. This looks like one of the best 939 enthusiast boards there is and, combined with traditional Abit stability, it's certainly an excellent choice.
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Dissapointing about the "maximum clock" 272 seems pretty week, especially since some of us have seen near 400 out of DFI products...
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Dissapointing about the "maximum clock" 272 seems pretty week, especially since some of us have seen near 400 out of DFI products...
We got 340MHz out of the board

There isn't memory available that's fast enough to cope with that kind of HTT - this CPU doesn't seem to like more than 280MHz HTT (in general), but we've had the memory running at 337MHz 1:1 with another CPU that's no longer in the office.

FWIW, I've seen over 400MHz on the DFI with a divider.
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Good review, don't know if i need this much performance, but nonetheless good review.
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decent review, I'm oh so tempted ...
When are you doing an AT8 32X review

Btw 400HTT has been reported as achieved on the Abit forums so it's probably the usual sympathetic component/time to tweak situation.
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Old 29th Mar 2006, 13:18   #18
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I was chuffed to bits with the NF7-S as it was a great performer and solid as a rock. I upgraded to S939 and thought i would stick with my now trusted Abit and bought a AN8-Ultra. It did everything i wanted and also performed very well until i upgraded my Ram and it was never stable again. After much pulling of hair swapping out components i determined the board was faulty and sent it back for RMA.

9 weeks later still no replacement!

Abit are going to have to make a LOT of improvements before i would recommend then to anyone again.
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how does the sound perform on this board?
actually i have a nf7-s and audio is very distrurbed, and with a good headset (sennheiser hd-280) that's VERY annoying! (i can hear when i move the mouse on the screen...i can even register it! )
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ABit is dead.My favorite mainboard is ASUS A8N32SLi.
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