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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [08.30.04]
Manufactured by: Abit, DFI, Foxconn, Gigabyte



Thanks to the Winbond W8EL9500 chip, the AA8 CMOS is the most robust I've ever seen.

First there is the CPU Overclocking controls. You have full control over the FSB speed, multiplier (if you happen to have an ES chip), and of course the DRAM frequency, which can be the difference between a successful overclock and a no-boot.

Also note that the PCI-E clock can be locked at 100 MHz. This is VERY important, as PCI-E can be VERY sensetive to overclocking!

As far as ram timings go, there aren't as many settings as we're used to seeing on Abit boards.

The AA8 gives you access to CPU, DRAM, and Northbridge voltages. Definitely handy for Prescott overclocking.

The AA8's system health monitoring system is easily the most robust I've EVER seen in a CMOS. You can set the system to beep and/or shut down at a specific level for EVERY part of the system. Worried about voltages on your PSU? Enable beep warnings within whatever spec you want!

And on top of all that, you have full control over the voltage of the CPU and Northbridge fans, and one external fan. Specify whatever high and low limits you want, and what voltage to use for each.

So what the AA8 lacks in fancy onboard components and accessories, it more than makes up for in its amazingly robust CMOS!

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