With the recent release of the new 90nm core of the A64 socket 939 chip, and the hopes of higher overclocks with the new, we will likely see a rush of people who have been waiting to change platforms finally take the plunge. Costs continue to go down on the newer socketed processor and the motherboards that support it, which will also fuel the drive to upgrade. Though it may still be hard for some to justify upgrading from a higher overclocked socket 754 A64 CPU, socket 939 is the future for AMD, and likely will support the dual core cpu from AMD in the not-to-distant future. We have already looked at socket 939 in detail here.
Today, we have another socket 939 motherboard to look at; this time the offering is from Abit. We have looked at many Abit products in the past, and have always been satisfied with the quality and the performance we have seen from them. So, let’s take a look at the Abit AV8, and see if we are just as pleased with it as we have been with other Abit products in the past!
Now that we have seen the general features, let’s check out the layout of the board.