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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [12.23.04]
Manufactured by: Abit
Athlon64 3000+ CPU provided by

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uGuru is Back!

First off, let me apologize for the quality of these pictures. Pictures were taken using a digital SLR camera, and a 50mm lense. The resulting pictures are technically perfect, but the lighter shade of grey used in Abit's CMOS doesn't respond well to bicubic resampling.

First up of course is the overclocking page, which Abit has never held back in. The AV8 is no exception, as you have access to absolutely everything you should need for a successful OC. Almost every system component can have its voltage adjusted, including both the Southbridge and Northbridge in 0.05V increments. CPU voltage goes up to 1.85V in 0.025V increments.

Plenty of AGP ratios are also provided; you get 6:2:1, 7:2:1, and 8:2:1, and is also lockable at 66 MHz. The CPU bus speed can be adjusted up to 336 MHz, in 1 MHz increments.

Abit's uGuru gives you more control over fans than pretty much any other motherboard around. You can adjust the minimum and maximum temperature threshholds, and the voltage supply at each level. This can be done for not only the CPU fan, but the Northbridge fan and one Auxillary fan as well. This is a great substitution for the 4-pin fan header that the K8T800 PRO does not support.

Voltage and temperature monitoring is also totally customizable. Set separate shutdown and warning threshholds for each individual fan or voltage, or disable them completely! This is great for people who OC their system to the brink of reason ;)

And finally, you have access to pretty much every memory tweak you can imagine in this CMOS.

Overall, I would have to rate Abit's 'uGuru' CMOS system as EASILY the best CMOS around today.

Now we just have to see how the rest of the board performs...

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