You can enable or disable monitoring of each function and tell ABIT EQ whether or not to shutdown based on the presence of an error state. Inside the box are the motherboard and a few included pieces aimed at getting the product installed and operating. This is an old archive page of HWZ prior to revamp. The Abit trademark 2-digit diagnostic LEDs are also found on the AA8, and we have found that they can be very useful for troubleshooting. Looking at the back you can see the USB port which plugs straight into the motherboard which gives you all your read outs. When you try to route the floppy cable to clear the 4 SATA connectors, it tends to hide the diagnostic LEDs and interfere with the front-panel connectors.

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Of interest is the location of the fan itself. Abit uses a flat edge connector for the single IDE connection provided by the X chipset. Please visit Abir for the latest reviews and ax8. The most recent chipsets for Intel, of course, are the and X Express series, which we reviewed not long ago. Abit has included their typical wide selection of voltages and frequencies to get the most from the AA8 and the Pentium 4 Prescott. In addition, ABIT was also responsible for a string of technological firsts making them no stranger to innovation and adoption of industry leading technologies.

The important Northbridge adjustments extend from the default 1.

Abit’s AA8 DuraMax motherboard

Second, the Abit AA8 is a true enthusiast’s mobo, with more tweakage options, voltage settings, and overclocking facilities than your average button-down corporate motherboard could even contemplate. Creative Engineering by Wesley Fink on August 12, Also available are three user defined settings allowing you to have unique and customized settings available for multiple operations. I like this design over the previous ZIF socket, but take note to be careful as the pins on the socket are sensitive to bending and this could result in a non-functioning board.


Your CPU voltage can be adjusted from 1.

ABIT AA8 and AG8 – Intel Socket 775 in Style

The picture below shows you what the clock displays best. The Abit trademark 2-digit diagnostic LEDs are also found on the AA8, and we have found that they can be very useful for troubleshooting. With this said though we didn’t have much luck overclocking as we are still currently running on stock cooling and a non engineering sample processor which allows for multiplier adjustments.

The voltage adjustments that are included in the BIOS have a wider range than you will see on most X boards, which will please overclockers who intend to use water or phase-change cooling on the AA8. Abit’s AA8 DuraMax motherboard.

ABIT AA8 and AG8 – Intel Socket in Style

The ability for a 1MHz incremental FSB overclocking and various voltage settings jumpstarted the whole overclocking scene. Below that is the room temperature which a lot of people would find useful when overclocking as it is useful to know ambient temperate as opposed to case. If the system locks up due to an unsuccessful OC, simple reboot and the system will be reinstated to its previous optimized setting.

Is this a hint at future power requirements still to come? This requires the metal-framed cage that closes down over the top of the CPU and a spring lever that holds it all in place. CPU, north bridge, and system fans. At the wata edge are the CD audio and front-panel audio connectors as well as the Realtek audio za8.


Just below these is a little LED display which lets you know what problems you are having if the board is refusing to boot.

This design is much easier to install and de-install than the previous P4 standard cage. Let’s have a look at the packaging contents and technical specifications before we continue with the rest of the review.

TuesdayJuly 13, With a HSF installed, this fan is in direct proximity to an extremely high source of heat. This should give the enthusiast hungry user enough voltage to get the most out of their brand new system. First, Intel’s X review kit didn’t arrive at Damage Labs until a couple days before Intel pulled the curtain back on the product launch, so we didn’t get time to tweak the Intel DXCV mobo as we’d have liked.

ABIT revolutionized the motherboard industry in with the world’s first jumperless technology. The AA8 DuraMAX comes protected in a black box with blue accents along with a shadowy figure shrouded in a hooded cloak pointing out the uGuru potential of the motherboard nestled inside.

This is an old archive page of HWZ prior to revamp. The middle left shows you the fan speed on a number of different fans and below that we have the time and if you have received a MSN message. Sign up now Username Password Remember Me.