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Eight P35-DDR2 Motherboards Compared

BIOS And Overclocking

CPU and DRAM voltage settings go way beyond anything needed to extract the highest possible clock speed from an Intel Core 2 series processor and DDR2 memory. A wide range of bus frequency and DRAM ratios also allows you to push to get the most out of these parts.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage settings (for overclocking)
FSB Frequency133 - 600 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier AdjustmentYes
DRAM FrequencyFSB clock x 1.0, 1.2, 1.25, 1.5, 1.66, 2.0
PCIe Clock100 - 200 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU Vcore1.325 - 1.895 Volts (0.010 Volts)
CPU FSB Voltage1.20 - 1.49 Volts (~0.04 Volts)
Northbridge (MCH)1.25 - 1.72 Volts (~0.04 Volts)
Southbridge (ICH)1.05 - 1.38 Volts (~0.04 Volts)
DRAM Voltage1.80 - 3.00 Volts (0.025 Volts)
CAS Latency Range
tCAS: 4-6; tRCD: 3-10; tRP: 3-10; tRAS: 9-24

The IP35 Pro took our aging 3.46 GHz capable Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 engineering sample to an adequate 3.44 GHz at 1.50 volts core and its stock 10X multiplier. Dropping the CPU multiplier to 6X allowed a stable 457 MHz FSB clock (FSB1828) to be reached in this bus-speed-resistant processor.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation & SoftwareMotherboard ManualAbit "Guru" User's GuideJumper Reference CardMotherboard Driver CD
Hardware1x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable1x Floppy Cable4x SATA Data Cable1x Port Breakout Plate (2x USB, 2x IEEE-1394)1x I/O Panel Shield

Abit includes the basic cable kit needed to build a typical upper-range system, with four SATA cables being only two fewer than the six SATA ports.

Abit also puts two IEEE-1394 FireWire connectors and two USB 2.0 ports on the same plate, which saves a slot compared to using separate ones.

The Abit IP35 Pro is available from around $185 at various web stores.