Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review :: BIOS and Setup

08-04-2005 · Category: Motherboards

By Benjamin Sun

ABIT uses the standard Phoenix Award BIOS found on many motherboards today with a few modifications. The first modification is the inclusion of a uGuru tab in the BIOS. The CPU Operating Speed section of uGuru gives you a lot of overclocking options. Here you can change the FSB speed (from 200-410), the CPU multiplier (from 4x to 12x on a 4000+ (default is 12x), and the PCI Express frequency (from 100-145).


Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review

The voltage options area gives the user the option of changing the CPU core voltage (from 1.5-1.85 in 0.025 increments), the DDR SDRAM voltage (from 2.6V-3.4V in 0.05 increments), the DDR VTT voltage (from DDR voltage/2 to 1.75 in 0.05 increments), the North Bridge voltage (from 1.50V to 1.8V in 0.05 increments) and the HyperTransport Voltage (from 1.2V-1.5V in 0.05 increments. DDR and CPU reference voltage can be set to + or - 60V in 10V increments.


Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review
Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review

The ABIT EQ menu gives you a ton of information on the motherboard at any given time. From here you can monitor whether to beep if a warning is required, temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds. The temperature of the Athlon 64 4000+ on this board is about 53C, not very hot in my opinion. It also measures the System and PWM temperatures. EQ gives voltage readings of the CPU, DDR, DDR VTT, nForce4 Voltage, nForce4 Standby Voltage, HyperTransport Voltage, CPU VDDA 2.5V Voltage, ATX +12V, ATX +5V, ATX +3.3V and ATX 5VSB.


Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review AUDIOMAX

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Abit AN8 SLI Motherboard Review BIOS

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Setting up the board was a piece of cake. ABIT included a floppy disk with the needed SATA driver on the disk, which really helps when you are in the middle of a Windows installation. After installing a fresh copy of Windows XP with SP2, I inserted the driver CD and installed the nForce4 drivers. For purposes of the review I used NVIDIA's latest nForce4 Forceware drivers. Compatibility testing was done with two XFX 7800GTX cards, a X800XT PCI Express card from ATI and a S3 Gammachrome S18 card without problems. Overall, this was a very good experience.