I currently have an ABIT TH7II-R that's worked great since I got it in 2002. I need a very stable and fast board because I work with video and multi-track digital audio. I have what I consider to be very good video (gforce 4 Ti440) and audio cards, a respectable P4 2 ghz cpu, and 1 ghz of ram. Additinally, I have 2 UDMA-100 60 Gb Hard drives.
Recently, I purchased a Serial ATA HD and realized that my board does not support SATA. Also, I'm still running on USB 1.0. After pricing add-on cards that would provide this kind of functionality, I've been thinking that a new mb might be a better way to go.
There are MANY Socket 478 boards available from all the top manufacturors but, unfortunately, I can't seem to find any current reviews for any of them. Can anyone provide any insight into this for me? Thanks in advance!
Personally I like ABit. They have only the best capacitors. They always overclock well and easily. They tend to have modest but solid performance in the non-overclocked range and tend to be good OC performers.
Since you had one (ABit) before and seemed to like it I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to you again.
They tend to be a bit short on goodies in the box but I'd rather have good value for my $$ than candy.
Tom's screwed up their IS7 review, I only say that because their results placed the board lower in comparison to other boards while most other sites placed it near the top. It's possible Tom's may have had an inferior BIOS version on their board. Also, I wouldn't trust ANYTHING Tom's says about VIA OR SFF PC's (I only mentioned SFF because that's the other thing Tom's seems to be sometimes misleading on).
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