Page 9: Abit
Abit has been competing with the top manufacturers for quite some time. They've been around since before the super 7 days, and have had the brand name since then too. They are top seller, known for quality and stability. Asus, Abit and Aopen used to be the top 3, but boards around, but a lot has changed since the early pentiums.
Abit's performance is usually among the top boards, but its not too rare to see it dip to the middle of the pack. I've notice this happen when they try to add something more then other boards have, but traditionally, they fight with Asus for top performance, along with one other board which happens to find its way to the top.
Abit boards are traditionally very stable, and they make it a rule. They do emphasize more features then stability, but they never let it slip. Even during the win95 days, when boards would hit 9-10 crashes a day, Abit would stick around 2-3.
Abit boards are also known for how well they overclock. They used to be the kings of overclocking, but recently Epox and Iwill have been beating, they are attempting to take that crown back with a good fight. Their boards are also very stable when overclocked, they are a quality product.
The price for Abit boards come with a bit of a premium. The aren't the most expensive, but they always offer a nice array of features, and performance with stability. This is one brand I don't mind paying for.
Abit boards often have a cheap version without RAID and sound and a more expensive version. They both are quite costly, in my opinion, and the RAID is worth the price increase. They tend to implement a lot of new overclocking features, and their softmenu is a nice plus.
Abit has a good like of boards. Some of them are stellar and some are not so great. Abit does have periods where their production and new product lines will drop off, as they tend to make things right. There are a few issues with boards, but nothing severe, and nothing that is worth of blaming the board manufacturer on.
The Abit webpage is a great source of information, and there are a lot of Abit fans around to help you out. Abit e-mail support is somewhat lacking from what I've been told, much like most major companies.
Products worth mentioning
I'd have to say that Abit has the most memorable boards of any company around. From the infamous BP6 to the KR7A-RAID, there are few boards that run as good as theirs. Surprisingly they have a lot of famous Intel boards.
Overall Rating: 8.5/10 Abit boards are generally a solid buy. They have few issues, great reliability, and will not disappoint you.
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