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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.20.02]
Manufactured by: Shuttle


The Manual

Like other Shuttle boards, the AK35GTR comes with a nicely produced manual with clear illustrations  As usual, everything is clearly explained in (mostly) proper English.

One way I judge manuals is how easy it is to install the front panel connections.  Shuttle passes with flying colours here! A quick reference of the Front Panel connectors are identified within the first chapter, and later on in the manual (with further explanation).  BIOS settings are also clearly explained, and will tell you if it is a good idea to tweak a certain setting or not, depending on your knowledge in "BIOS Tweaking" :)

Throughout every single benchmark we threw at the AK35GTR, it consistently came out on top! You should start seeing this board in stores any day now, and while an MSRP hasn't been announced just yet, I expect it to be somewhere in the $100-150 range (depending on whether you get the RAID version).

At that price, you simply will not be able to find as solid a board, with such great overclocking features.  The AK35GTR is certainly a 'no frills' type of board, having no advanced features like dual BIOS chips, diagnostic LEDs, integrated LAN, or any other such retail bait, but for the hardcore user who just wants a good solid board that performs well, and offers a wide variety of tweak settings, you need look no further than the Shuttle AK35GTR.

Just today, VIA announced its next generation AMD chipset - KT333.  Until I get one to test myself, I can't comment on the performance.  It should be noted that no AMD CPU supports 333 MHZ FSB natively.  Whether the extra memory bandwidth offers major increases in performance remains to be seen.  As you saw with this board, the step up from KT266 to KT266A was pretty significant, though I seriously doubt this will be the case with KT333, but we'll just have to wait and see.

We loved the Shuttle AV45GTR for the Pentium 4, and we really love the AK35GTR for the AthlonXP! No matter which CPU you decide to go with, you simply can't lose by going with Shuttle, if you're looking for a no-nonsense board that gives you nothing more than what YOU want as a hardware tweaker/overclocker.

  • Price!
  • No frills, just solid stability, and overclocking features
  • Jumperless overclocking
  • Good manual
  • Onboard 5.1 channel audio
  • Great board layout for the non-RAID version

  • Poor placement of RAID IDE headers
  • Awful AGP retention clip (luckily this can be removed)
  • Why use a Thermistor with a CPU that has an on-die thermal diode?