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Conclusion and Thoughts
The Fatal1ty AN8 SLI is a good SLI motherboard solution from a well known company, Abit. Like the rest of the Fatal1ty motherboards, the Fatal1ty AN8 SLI comes with pretty red LEDs that glow when the system is turned on. It adds a great look for cases with side panel windows. The motherboard has a great BIOS, with options to adjust fans speeds and voltage options to satisfy your overclocking needs. The motherboard does have some problems though. The mentioned compatibility issue with the use of a 3000+ Venice and 2x512MB and command rate of 1T can be a real huge turn-off. Perhaps the annoying part about that compatibility issue is the hit-or-miss probability. If you're using a CPU other than the 3000+ Venice, you will end up with one great system.
While the Fatal1ty AN8 SLI provides great voltage options, especially VDIMM, the board does not seem to like Winbond UTT memory. I used the OCZ Gold PC3500 GX and was only able to get up to 230HTT with 2T. This is with the VDIMM varying from 2.8v to 3.4v. I tried 2x256MB of Winbond UTT memory and saw the same fate. The board just does not respond well to Winbond UTT memory.
Abit seems to be encountering some motherboard issues that can be resolved with BIOS updates. The AW8 did not have a working 1:2 memory divider, the AL8 did not overclock well without playing with a lot of the settings and adjusting the PCI-E frequency and now the Fatal1ty AN8 SLI has a compatibility issue with a popular processor. All of these issues can be fixed with a simple BIOS update. Come on Abit engineers, help us help you!
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