ABIT AL8 Review 1

ABIT AL8 Review

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I would like to thank ABIT for supplying the tested motherboard.

Intel's i945 and i955 chipsets are the first to support dual core Pentium D CPUs. The i955 is the "Performance" part, while it's i945 counterpart is geared more towards value. Although the price difference between the two is quite big, the technical differences are rather small. I955 has support for up to 8 GB of ECC memory, while i945 can "only" support 4 GB of non-ECC memory, not really important for you, as long as you don't plan on running a high-performance server. The other difference is that the i955 features Intel's proprietary "Memory Pipeline Technology". According to the Intel Website it "enables a higher utilization of each memory channel, accelerating data transfers between the processor and system memory and resulting in higher system performance".

ABIT has engineered the AL8 to be a good compromise between features, performance and price. Apart from the standard features, the motherboard has Gigabit Ethernet, an additional two-port SATA controller, 8 Channel Audio and ABIT's uGuru overclocking and monitoring technology.


ProcessorIntel Pentium 4 LGA Socket775
FSB500/800/1066 MHz
ChipsetIntel i945P
Memory4x 240 Pin DDR2, Dual Channel DDR2 533/666, up to 4 GB
Slots1x PCI-E x16
3x PCI-E x1
2x PCI
HDD Connectivity1x ATA-133
Networking10/100/1000 Mbps - Broadcom via PCI-Express
Ports6x USB 2.0 (4 on Back Panel)
1x Serial, 1x Parallel
2x IEEE1394 Firewire
Audio8 Channel Intel HD Audio, ALC880
Form FactorATX 305 x 244mm

Specifications from ABIT

  • Designed for Intel® Pentium® 4 / Pentium® D LGA775 processors with1066/800/533 MHz FSB
  • Supports Intel® Hyper-Threading / XD-bit / EM64T / EIST Technology
  • Intel® 945P / Intel® ICH7R Express Chipset
  • Four 240-pin DIMM sockets
  • Supports Dual channel DDR2 667/533 Un-buffered Non-ECC memory
  • Supports maximum memory capacity up to 4GB
PCI-E X16 graphic
  • Delivers up to 8GB/s per direction for 3.5 times more bandwidth than AGP8X
  • Intel® Matrix Storage Technology supports RAID 0/1/5/10
  • Supports SATA AHCI, providing native command queuing and native hot plug
2nd PCIE SATA 3Gb/s
  • On board Silicon Image PCIE SATA 3GB/s RAID controller
  • On board PCI-E Gigabit LAN controller supports 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet
IEEE 1394a
  • Supports 2 ports IEEE 1394a at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate
  • On board 7.1 CH Intel® High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Supports auto jack sensing and optical S/PDIF In/Out
ABIT Engineered
  • ABIT µGuru™ 2005 Technology (ABIT OC Guru / ABIT EQ / ABIT Flash Menu / ABIT Black Box)
  • ABIT CPU ThermalGuard™ Technology
Internal I/O Connectors
  • 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, 3 x PCI Express x1 slots
  • 2 x PCI slots
  • 1 x Floppy port supports up to 2.88MB
  • 6 x SATA connectors
  • 1 x Ultra DMA 100/66/33 Connector
  • 2 x USB 2.0 headers, 1 x IEEE 1394 headers
  • 1 x FP-Audio header, 1 x CD-IN
Back Panel I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse
  • 1 x Serial Port, 1 x Parallel Port
  • 1 x S/PDIF In/Out(AL8 only)
  • Audio connector (Line-out, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Rear Surround, Side Surround)
  • 2 x USB + 1 x IEEE1394a Connector
  • 2 x USB + 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector
  • ATX form factor 305 x 245mm
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