Abit IP35 Pro Intel socket 775 Motherboard
The board - close up
Abit IP35 Pro Close-up
The Abit IP35 Pro is one of the best laid out motherboards I have ever encountered. I opened the box and immediately the board spoke to me of very little clutter and lots of space to spread out my "stuff".
The board is clothed in a nice shade of blue, and despite my misgivings with blue, I do actually like it. The heatsink assembly is well-formed and doesn't get in the way of anything and all capacitors are solid-state, meaning more stability and longer lasting. Further to this, it does keep the chipset fairly cool even under some hard overclocking. I only felt it was holding me back at very high volts, so good work on that Abit.
The RAM slots are a good distance from the CPU slot and the ATX power is on the edge of the board as it should be.
The SATA ports are turned 90° around to allow for a graphics card to be inserted (even the 8800 Ultra and 8800 GTX fit here with ease), as is the IDE connector. The battery is in a slightly dodgy position but with an external clear CMOS switch this hasn't come up as an issue in our testing. Abit have again opted for the classic LED error panel to show you what you've done wrong and the FDD connector sits right in the corner of the board.
Going on to the connectors on the side of the board we have the front panel IO and the four USB headers. Also in this area is the Abit µGuru panel connector for those who want to invest in one of the handy gizmo's.
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