Extendor Silent Dual Pipe Cooling. Dedicated fan control Keep control over your hardware. Bottom Line This is very much a board for enthusiasts. 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. Asus Apple Sony Google Valve.
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The entire board has solid aluminium capped capacitors, however the digital PWM implementation means there’s no need for these types of capacitors around the CPU socket – instead there are far smaller, surface mounted ceramic capacitors, which help to make the space around the CPU socket seem a little clearer.
If Abit holds true to what they showed at Computex earlier this year, then we can expect to see a DDR3 X38 board at a later stage. 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.
How about a “Grand Touring” version of a quasgt, anyone? Would you buy this? There agit 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.
Abit introduces IP35 ‘Bearlake’ mobos. We couldn’t get its Windows-based uGuru overclocking utility to run properly on our Vista-based system — it kept re-starting our machine. There’s also a third x16 slot which has x4 bandwidth, a x1 slot and two PCI slots.
Abit Computer IX38 QuadGT
It’s suitable for gaming, music and movie output, but if you want to record music, a dedicated sound card, such as a Creative X-Fi, is recommended. 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. Abit releases a Radeon Xpress Fatal1ty board. Pros Very good performance at its default speed settings; dedicated CMOS, power and reset buttons on the board, ran reliably with a MHz front side bus supports up to MHz.
Their placement is generally excellent, apart from the Firewire pin-out which is in the middle of the expansion ports.
The chipset on the other hand is cooled by a heatpipe solution which goes from the ICH9R to the X38 chipset and then onwards to a small heatsink which is parallel with the memory slots. 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.
Physically, the board itself is well built and features dedicated power, reset and “clear CMOS” buttons, which are very useful during the building process and when overclocking.
The copper based dual-heatpipe heat sink with extra slim fins and an additional cooling Extendor maximizes heat dissipation by linking the North Bridge high-fin heat-sink via a heatpipe to on extra high-fin heat-sink.
Overclockers at Abit’s stand here at Computex have managed to get quad core Core 2 processor to a massive 4. The Digital PWM silent cooling heat sink consists of extra slim and extra high fins thereby effectively increasing cooling.
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.
ABIT launches IX38 QuadGT
We tested this claim when overclocking at the end of the article. However, it does reduce the component count on the motherboard and allows for a much cleaner area around the CPU socket. Abit has managed to implement a few interesting features into this board quaddgt some rather odd ones too. There is a decent amount of connectivity available: Digital PWMs offer most precise and consistent voltage supply for reduced power consumption, less heat and increased components’ life.
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. You also have the option to mount an extra active fan on top of the heat sink. 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. Bottom Line This is very much a board for enthusiasts. 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.
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. If there is little space between your PC’s drive bays and the edge of the motherboard, then the SATA cables protruding from the motherboard will cause some clutter.
Abit’s IX38 QuadGT wears the GT moniker with some justification; it was fast in most of our tests and has plenty of features that will tickle many an enthusiasts fancy. While the power and reset buttons are located near the pins for the front panel connections, the “clear CMOS” button is on the rear port cluster, so there’s no need to fiddle with jumpers inside the PC case any time a BIOS setting doesn’t go to plan.