Abit AG8 Motherboard Review :: Introduction

09-21-2004 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

The Intel Pentium 4 platform has been stuck in a little bit of a rut for the last few years. The 845 chipset was introduced about 3 years ago. This chipset was Intel's first motherboard chipset to support DDR memory and was rather successful until last year when the Intel 875 was introduced. The 865 platform was introduced shortly after, forming a mix that has dominated the Pentium motherboard market.

Recently, Intel announced a new motherboard platform. With the launch of the 915/925 platforms, Intel has introduced a slew of new features. Features like PCI Express, PCI Express Graphics (PEG), the LGA Socket 775 Pentium 4 CPUs and DDR2 memory support bring the Intel platform into a new age that has changed computers. It's been a long time since computers have changed in so many ways.


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Abit has a special place in my heart as a motherboard manufacturer. Their IC7-Max is one of my favorite boards of the last generation and still is in one of my computers today. They have been around since 1990, longer than NVIDIA has been around and longer than many companies have been making computer components.

Abit announced 2 boards recently at the same time that Intel launched the 915/925 platforms. ABIT's AA8 Duramax is the high-end (925) version of the platform and the AG8 is the mid-range version of the new platform. Abit has in the past introduced many motherboards based upon various chipsets for both the Intel and AMD platform and this practice continues with 915/925.