Abit NF8 - Page 10

Written by John Chen    Sunday, 27 February 2005 11:00
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Conclusion and Thoughts

In the end, does the Abit NF8 continue the legacy of the NF7?  It sure seems to.  The NF7 is considered to be one of the best nForce2 motherboards available.  It is very stable, provides great performance, and overclocks very well.  The NF8 follows the same characteristics.  The board is very stable, other than the outrageous misleading detect on the CPU temperature, provides great performance, and overclocks pretty decently.  It's true that the highest overclock isn't like the result on the DFI, but this is still a fairly new board.  I'm sure that Abit can provide something better in the future; or we can just wait for beta BIOS's from BIOS modders out there to help us crack that 270HTT ceiling.  If those beta BIOS's can help many hit 250FSB on the NF7, I'm sure something can be done to get the NF8 to hit 300HTT.  Overall, I'm very pleased with the NF8.  The package is light and doesn't feature Abit's uGuru, but the price makes up for the loss.  Coming in at well below $100, the NF8 is a great board to own.  The features of the nForce3 chipset along with Abit's performance makes the NF8 a great recommendation.  Sure Abit is a little late to the Socket 754 nForce3 game, but there's nothing wrong with that.  They did bring a good competitor to the field.

Pros:

  • Attractive orange/red PCB
  • Excellent price tag
  • Abit's excellent official support
  • Great performance
  • Decent overclocking potential
  • Decent BIOS options
  • Includes 5 fan headers

Cons:

  • Lacking software bundle
  • Only provides 2 DIMM slots
  • CPU temperature readout is far out in the next town
  • Current newest BIOS seems to limit maximum overclock potential

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