The threshold settings window can be reached by selecting the Limit button next to the desired monitored item. From this window, the user can custom configure the exact actions taken when the BIOS is updated. The DIMM slots themselves are arranged in a 2 sets of 2 configuration, with each slot within a set color coded to a slot in the other set which aids in enabling Dual Channel memory mode. As we saw on the AA8 Duramax, Abit has added a hefty heatsink with a side-blowing fan to the northbridge to handle the voltage range that they have built into the AG8. The Roundup Abit AG8:
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In testing, I found the chipset cooler to be adequate to keep the Northbridge cool under even more extreme circumstances.
Just below these is a little LED display which lets you know what problems you are having if the board is refusing to boot. The voltage adjustments for memory are particularly noteworthy, since they extend to 3. The applet itself has a variety of pre-set options, as well as the ability for automatic overclocking configuration. As far as the motherboard goes there is very little difference between them.
My only layout concern is with the position of the floppy port at edge of the board by the leftmost PCI slot. Abit is also skipping out on Azalia a. As usual, ABIT did an excellent job with the layout and design of this board.
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Read on for an in-depth look at the AG8’s features and performance. Site design and front-end production by mike kane.
Voltage, fan status, and temperature monitoring. The overclocking controls are typically Abit, which means exceptionally wide ranges in BIOS compared to most other boards in the roundup.
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You can certainly see the family resemblance to the Abit AA8 Aag8, which is one of the better performing X motherboards – and that is a good thing. It’s nice of Krogoth to fill in for Chuckula over the holidays.
ABIT AG8 Mainboard
The bulky pin power connector is on the right board edge and the 4-pin 12V connector is on the top board edge. Both these locations are excellent – you will not have to fish cables over or around the CPU. One feature which stands out on the motherboards at first glance is the funky eyhernet blue Northbridge cooler. Abit has included their typical wide selection of avit and frequencies to get the most from the AG8 and the Pentium 4 Prescott.
Abit’s AG8 motherboard
Abit made concessions to a price point on the AG8 in their choice of an average AC’97 2. Would a Corsair H55 be enough to cool a In testing, the chipset got a bit warm, but not hot enough to be of too much concern.
The Roundup Abit AG8: This should give the enthusiast hungry user enough voltage to get the most out of their brand new system. The middle left shows you the fan speed on a number of different fans and below that we have the time and if you have received a MSN message. This could cause cabling issues, especially in larger cases. While the 3rd Eye doesn’t look bad and does serve a good purpose it does feel a little cheap and like we mentioned on the previous page the lack of back light is quite disappointing as it would of made reading the device at night or in low light a lot easier.
It is designed to give you all the information you need on they fly.