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

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With all of the features available to you by way of uGuru, you would expect the AV8 to be an insance overclocker...

And that was most certainly the case here! Using our trusty PC4400 DDR from OCZ, we were able to push the bus rate from 200 MHz all the way to 269! Although I have to admit I haven't overclocked an Athlon64 very much at all, this seems quite good to me. With a lockable bus and plenty of voltage and monitoring features, you should be able to attain not only a very high OC, but a stable one as well which is even more important.

The last two motherboards I have reviewed have been a Lanparty board from DFI, and a board from Gigabyte's 8Sigma series, so I have to admit I felt a bit let down when opening the AV8 box. Besides a USB there is nothing more to look forward to. The board itself is also lacking many of the options I have experienced lately; I had to do a double-take when I only saw two SATA headers on the board.

However the AV8 is not about bells and whistles. It's all about rock solid performance, and insane overclocking features. And Abit delivers in spades.

No, the AV8 is not the flashiest board on the shelf, but you'll be hard pressed to find a more stable board with as many tweaks and monitoring options. This is THE board to get if overclocking is your #1 priority.

  • Awesome CMOS - voltage settings, cpu settings, etc
  • Best system monitoring options around
  • Good layout
  • Rock solid stability
  • Awesome overclocker
  • Cheap!

  • No bundle to speak of
  • Lacking features like dual LAN and RAID

Final Score: 94%