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 Frequency 133 - 600 MHz (1 MHz)
Clock Multiplier Adjustment Yes
DRAM Frequency FSB clock x 1.0, 1.2, 1.25, 1.5, 1.66, 2.0
PCIe Clock 100 - 200 MHz (1 MHz)
CPU Vcore 1.325 - 1.895 Volts (0.010 Volts)
CPU FSB Voltage 1.20 - 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 Voltage 1.80 - 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.


Documentation & Software Motherboard Manual
Abit "Guru" User's Guide
Jumper Reference Card
Motherboard Driver CD
Hardware 1x 80-conductor Ultra ATA cable
1x Floppy Cable
4x SATA Data Cable
1x 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.

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