Abit AA8-3rd Eye Motherboard Review

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Introduction

Socket 775 motherboards are coming out left and right since new technologies such as PCI-Express and DDR2 are improving. Abit has released a motherboard which they have called the AA8-3rd Eye. This motherboard is the same thing as an AA8-DuraMAX with a new accessory addition. This 3rd Eye refers to the µGuru clock that is included with the bundle and is quite a nice feature. Much has already been said about the new LGA775 processors, PCI-Express, and DDR2 so knowing all that lets take a look at what this motherboards specifications.

LGA775 CPU Socket
– Designed for Intel® 90nm Prescott LGA775 processors with 800MHz FSB
– Supports Intel Hyper-Threading Technology

Express Chipset
– Intel 925X/Intel ICH6R Express Chipset
– Supports Hi-Speed Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0)

Flexible Memory
– Four 240-pin DIMM sockets (Un-buffered Non-ECC DIMM)
– Supports Dual channel DDR2-533/400 (Max. 4GB), Up to 8.5GB/s bandwidth

PCI Express x16 graphics
– PCI Express x16 graphics delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X at 2.1GB/s

PCI Express x1 I/O
– PCI Express x1 I/O offers 500MB/s concurrently, over 3.5 times more bandwidth than PCI at 133MB/s

SATA Matrix RAID
– Four ports SATA 150 RAID 0/1, deliver higher performance and data protection
– Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing and native hot plug


High Definition Audio
– On board Theater-class 7.1 Channels Intel® High Definition Audio
– Professional digital audio interface supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out

IEEE 1394
– Supports 3 Ports IEEE 1394 at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate

Gigabit LAN
– On board GbE Gigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/1000 BASE-T Ethernet

ABIT Guru Clock inside
– Instant Overclocking & H/W Monitoring & PC On/Off
– MSN/E-mail Notification
– Large LCD Screen & Room Temperature Display

Internal I/O Connectors
– 1 x PCI Express x16 slot
– 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
– 2 x PCI slots
– 1 x Floppy Port supports up to 2.88MB
– 4 x SATA 150 Connectors
– 1 x Ultra ATA 100/66/33 Connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 headers
– 2 x IEEE 1394 headers
– 1 x FP-Audio header
– 1 x CD-IN

Back Panel I/O
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
– 1 x Serial Port connector, 1 x Parallel Port connector
– 1 x S/PDIF IN/OUT
– 1 x Audio connector (Center/Subwoofer, Rear Surround, Surround Speaker)
– 1 x Audio connector (Line Out, Line-in, MIC-in)
– 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x IEEE1394 Connector
– 2 x USB Connectors, 1 x RJ-45 GbE LAN Connector

Miscellaneous
– ATX form factor (305 x 245 mm)