Convenient and easy-to-use fine tuning from within a self-explanatory BIOS menu. How about a “Grand Touring” version of a motherboard, anyone? The abit logo is a registered trademark of abit. These advanced capacitors consist of conductive polymer and therefore offer a vast range of advantages such as higher temperature tolerance, higher ripple current and improved frequency characteristics over conventional electrolytic capacitors. You also have the option to mount an extra active fan on top of the heat sink. Layout The board looks better than most – all the connectors are either blue or black and are laid on top of the blue PCB.
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ABIT launches IX38 QuadGT
Abit’s IX38 QuadGT wears the GT moniker with some justification; it was fast in most of our tests and has plenty of quaxgt that will tickle many an enthusiasts fancy. Abit has gone with a digital PWM design and this seems to have been something of a fad and many of the motherboard manufacturers we’ve talked to aren’t too keen on using this type of PWM as they claim it’s not great for overclocking. Next Generation Digital PWMs provide highest accuracy for the best computing experience ever, noise interferences are avoided and energy efficiency is highly increased by realizing ideal resistance ratings low RDS during charge-discharge power switching.
There is no shortage of “GT” and “GTS” naming conventions for graphics cards and motherboards these days, which, much like sports cars, are supposed to attach a hint of speed and reliability to a particular product. All up though, it’s well built, has good features and runs quietly. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Sign in with LinkedIn Sign in with Facebook. The clock multiplier can be changed if you use a CPU with an unlocked multiplier.
This is very much a board for enthusiasts.
The Digital PWM silent cooling heat sink consists of extra slim and extra high fins thereby effectively increasing cooling. Not only are they meant to run far cooler, but they are also meant to offer a smaller voltage drop, or vDroop, when the CPU is loaded.
Abit Computer IX38 QuadGT
As usual, digital audio is available, via optical and coaxial connections, as well as analogue audio, and it’s by way of the Realtek HD Audio codec. Overclockers at Abit’s stand here at Computex have managed to get quad core Core 2 processor to a massive 4.
Written by Richard Swinburne. Abit introduces IP35 ‘Bearlake’ mobos. You also have the option to mount an extra active fan on top of the heat sink. We couldn’t get its Windows-based uGuru overclocking utility to run properly on our Vista-based system — it kept re-starting our machine.
Digital PWMs are preferred by some designers because they take up a smaller physical footprint on the board and it is also easier for the manufacturer to provide a far greater precision for voltage adjustments.
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Then again, if you buy this board, you’re probably gong to be too caught up playing games or watching movies to notice the lack of noise, but it’ll come in handy if you leave your PC on overnight. Abit has managed to implement a few interesting features into this board and some rather odd ones too.
There are six SATA ports in a cluster on the edge closest to the drive bays in a typical PC caseand these face forward, rather than upward. However, it does reduce the component count on the motherboard and allows for a much cleaner area around the CPU socket. It produced very good performance at its default settings and it is fairly easy to overclock, but it didn’t overclock as high as some other recent boards we’ve tried. Extendor Silent Dual Pipe Cooling. Abit on the other hand seems to claim that it only has advantages, such as lower noise interference, longer component life span and lower heat output.
Abit is a day late with their announcement, but the company also has an X38 board ready to go and it’s the IX38 QuadGT.
Its encoding time in iTunes improved to 48sec. Their placement is generally excellent, apart from the Firewire pin-out which is in the middle of the expansion ports. We tested this claim when overclocking at the end of the article.
There’s also a third x16 slot which has x4 bandwidth, a x1 slot and two PCI slots. I need power and lots of it.
The north bridge, memory and PCI-Express all get the quzdgt, single phase of power regulation, but the CPU gets a five phase digital PWM system using the latest smaller and cooler components. The pin-outs are colour coordinated though, but they don’t detract from the overall look and add a necessary differentiation to allow users to tell what they all are.