Abit's AN8 32X motherboard
ABIT PRACTICALLY INVENTED
the enthusiast-oriented motherboard genre, but lately, questions surrounding the company's finances have overshadowed its actual products. Fortunately, Abit's financial woes appear to be behind it, as a recent merger with USI promises to deliver the company from what even it admits have been trying times. It will take more than just a merger to return Abit to the top of the enthusiast market, though. Abit first became popular among enthusiasts because its boards performed better, overclocked higher, and offered more unique features than the competition. If Abit is to return to grace, its boards will have to do so again, this time against even more refined rivals.
The first step in Abit's bid to reclaim the enthusiast market could be the AN8 32X, a Socket 939 Athlon 64 motherboard based on NVIDIA's nForce4 SLI X16 chipset. One of only three X16 motherboards available for sale, the AN8 32X doesn't mess around with cheesy gimmicks or Fatal1ty branding. Instead, it's equipped with useful peripherals, passive chipset cooling, loads of overclocking potential, and best-in-class fan speed control and hardware monitoring. But is all that enough to keep up with the latest enthusiast-oriented motherboards from Asus, DFI, ECS, and MSI? Read on to find out.