Abit IP35 Pro Intel socket 775 Motherboard

I/O and BIOS

Motherboard I/O Backplate

abit ip35 pro io

The backplate IO on the Abit IP35 Pro consists of:

* 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
* 2 x Gigabit LAN Ports
* 2 x e-SATA Ports
* SP-Dif Optical Input and Output
* 7.1 Analogue Surround Sound
* Microphone Input
* PS/2 keyboard and mouse input
* External CMOS reset switch

That's a decent amount of connections, mixing up the old and the new. Remember that the IP35 Pro provides us with 4 onboard USB 2 headers so we'll have plenty of USB input, even without a hub.


The BIOS on the Abit IP35 Pro is a Phoenix Award BIOS and as usual with Abit it has everything you want.

phoenix main page

To get into the overclocking features as usual Abit have gone for their uGuru BIOS utility. This is excellent and allows you full control over what you are overclocking.

uGuru menu uguru fsb

Fron here we see that Abit give you all the way up to 600MHz FSB which is pretty decent.

cpu voltage ddr2 voltage

The CPU volts go up to 1.825v which is rather generous and no-one apart from people using phase-change/LN2 or DICE should be using this much voltage. DDR2 voltage is also generous with 3.0v set in the "DDR2 Voltage" and an allowance for more in "DDR2 Reference voltage". I have not tried this feature as the RAM I was using only takes 2.2v max.

nb 1.5v mch voltage

Again the NorthBridge voltage gets a decent amount of leeway at 2.0v and the MCH voltage gets an allowance of 1.72v.

abit ip35 pro memory timings

Additional controls for memory timing are kept in the "Advanced Chipset Features" part of the BIOS and again there's a generous amount of tweaking to be done here.

Overall the BIOS on the ABit IP35 Pro is excellent as we have come to expect from Abit.
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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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