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Digital PWMs offer most precise and consistent voltage supply for reduced power consumption, less heat and increased components’ life. Written by Richard Swinburne.
The Digital PWM silent cooling heat sink consists of extra slim and extra high fins thereby effectively increasing cooling. Reproduction and distribution in any form without permission is strictly prohibited.
ABIT launches IX38 QuadGT
There is no shortage of “GT” and “GTS” naming conventions for graphics cards and motherboards these days, which, much like sports cars, are quaddgt to attach a hint of speed and reliability to a particular product.
How about a “Grand Touring” version of a motherboard, anyone? Its encoding time in iTunes improved to 48sec. The north bridge, memory and PCI-Express all get the normal, single phase of power regulation, but the CPU gets a five phase digital PWM system using the latest etjernet and cooler components.
ABIT launches IX38 QuadGT
Abit OCs Core 2 Quad to 4. The clock multiplier can be changed if you use a CPU with an unlocked multiplier. The abit logo is a registered trademark of abit.
Next Generation Digital PWMs provide highest accuracy for the best computing experience ever, noise interferences are avoided and energy efficiency is highly increased by realizing ideal resistance ratings low RDS during charge-discharge power switching. There is a decent amount of connectivity available: We couldn’t get its Windows-based uGuru overclocking utility to run properly on our Vista-based system — it kept re-starting our machine.
Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, ethermet, and much more. Abit on the other hand seems to claim that it only has advantages, such as lower noise interference, longer component life span and lower heat output.
Abit Computer IX38 QuadGT
All up though, it’s well built, has good features and runs quietly. We tested this claim when overclocking at the end of the article. Dedicated fan control Keep control over your hardware.
Digital PWMs are preferred by some designers because they take up a smaller physical footprint on the board and it is also easier for the manufacturer to provide a ethednet greater precision for voltage adjustments.
Abit Computer IX38 QuadGT Review: – PC Components – Motherboards – PC World Australia
Abit introduces IP35 ‘Bearlake’ mobos. However, it does reduce the component count on the motherboard and allows for a much cleaner area around the CPU socket.
Pros Very good performance at its default speed settings; dedicated CMOS, power and reset buttons on the board, ran reliably with a MHz front side bus supports up to MHz. Abit’s IX38 QuadGT wears the GT moniker with some justification; it was fast in most of our tests and has plenty of features that will tickle many an enthusiasts fancy. The pin-outs are colour coordinated though, but they don’t detract from the overall look and add a necessary differentiation to allow users to tell what they all are.
Abit is a day late with their announcement, but the company also has an X38 board ready to go and it’s the IX38 QuadGT. Overclockers at Abit’s stand here at Computex have managed to get quad core Core 2 processor to a massive 4.
Abit has gone with a digital PWM design and this seems to have been something of a fad and many of the motherboard manufacturers we’ve talked to aren’t too keen on using this type of PWM as they claim it’s not great for overclocking.
Just like the Asus Republic of Gamers, we now have under-lit and labelled power, reset and clear CMOS buttons etehrnet board instead of, well, just plain old momentary switches. Layout The board looks better than most – all the connectors are either blue or black and are laid on top of the blue PCB.
This hardware thermal protection automatically shuts down your system when the CPU temperature reaches a certain threshold. While the power and reset buttons are located near the pins for the front panel connections, the “clear CMOS” button is on the rear port cluster, so there’s no need to fiddle with jumpers inside the PC case any time a BIOS setting doesn’t go to plan. As usual, digital audio is available, via optical and coaxial connections, as well as analogue audio, and it’s by way of the Realtek HD Audio codec.
The chipset on the other hand is cooled by a heatpipe solution which goes from the ICH9R to the X38 chipset and then onwards to a small heatsink which is parallel with the memory slots. It produced very good performance at its default settings and it is fairly easy to overclock, but it didn’t overclock as high as some other recent boards we’ve tried. I need power and lots of it. Asus Apple Sony Google Valve.