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".

abit IP35 Pro abit ip35 pro markings

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.

abit ip35 pro ram

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.

abit ip35 pro sata abit ip35 pro

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.

abit ip35 pro pci area abit ip35 pro molex

Being a "Pro" board, Abit have kept three of those usefull PCI slots on the IP35, along with a PCI-e x16 slot and a PCI-e slot running at 4x. A small PCI-e x1 slot is retained for perhaps an abit WiFi module. Here is the only slight grouch I have with the board: the 4 pin molex power connector sits in between the 1st PCI and 2nd PCI-e slot, meaning a slight cabling mess for those who are particularly anal about cabling.

abit ip35 pro cpu area 1 abit ip35 pro cpu area 2

As I have stated before, the CPU area is pretty well free of any obstacle that would get in the way of a big cooler. In fact I even found that my SwiftTech Apogee GT fitted on the board without messing with the PWM cooling, which is something I have had to do on many other so-called "enthusaist" boards. The heatsinks on the IP35 Pro are pretty decent at heat disappation and the caps low enough not to cause much of an obstruction at all.

All in all the layout of the IP35 Pro board was so good I have to compliment Abit on this with not much reserve.
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Most Recent Comments

14-02-2007, 09:13:14

Great review Kemp, nice bunch of packaging akin to the rocketboy type of stuffz. I do wish the µguru thing was more of a 5.25 bay thingy tbh. Last time I checked, retailers were ramming these devices down peoples throats for like £11 or so - which amazes me why u never had one in the box ?!?

I would hope these good results will boost a tad more after some bios revisions, board to board I`d expect this one to be a bit better than shown - but meh..

Kewl, I recognize some of those photos too Quote

14-02-2007, 09:27:58

Excellent review as usual mate. The 680i's are toasty little sods for sure, and it's a pity that abit didn't even provide some form of active cooling to try and address the problem. Well done Quote

14-02-2007, 09:35:57

Their answer, and a few other manufs answer, seems to be to add this ugly looking heatpipe structure to stuff.

Heatpipes are great, but I don`t personally like the idea of 2 or 3 of the hs being connected together.Quote

14-02-2007, 09:38:11

2 or 3 connected together is fine, but that needs active cooling to work okQuote

14-02-2007, 10:51:54

Great review, Kemp, thanks for doing it as I was thinking of grabbing one. Now for my thoughts...

DAMN DAMN DAMN! I think the 680i chipset is good but not the king, would really like to see the 975X (or updated chipset) that can support nVidia's 8800 series gpu's in SLI... and done by ABIT. ABIT boards look great, and with the exception of the EZ PLUG for added graphics power, I like their layouts; not to mention my AW9D was rock-solid, even using an E6600 @ 3.7GHz... my 680i mobo can't touch it, only solid at 3.4GHz or lower.

Like the EZ CMOS as well, no more dip-switch installations! (newer mobos don't have problems like the old mobos after a bad OC, but it's the thought that counts!)

I personally don't see all the fuss over the passive cooling for the NB/SB. My case uses 4 120mm fans on the side of the case, so I get a lot of extra cooling... not to mention the little fan that came with my mobo for the NB, so I don't have a heating problem. I think it works fine, even without the little fan made for the NB; on the other hand, an enthusiast board should give the user the option to remove the passive to add active (fan) cooling solutions. The only thing I wonder about is the need for pipes from SB--NB--PWM... do the pipes really do anything for the cooling?


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