Introduction



Abit has just unleashed their first "Fatal1ty" motherboard. For those who don't know, Fatal1ty is the name used by 19-year old Jonathan Wendel, one of the most respected gamers in the world.



Early in his gaming career, Fatal1ty became the number 1 ranked Quake 3 player in the world. This was followed by wins 3 years in a row at CPL competing in Quake 3, Alien vs. Predator 2, and Unreal Tournament 2003. Fatal1ty also won Quakecon 2002 and became the world's first Doom 3 champion at Quakecon 2004.

Abit has partnered with Fatal1ty "to develop PC gaming hardware with no equal". The Fatal1ty boards and graphics cards are "Built to Kill" according to Abit - they are designed to be the "best of the best" for gaming. There is no doubt that Abit knows enthusiasts, gaming, and overclocking as they are the brand most mentioned when computer users are asked to name a good board for overclocking. Over their years of catering to the Enthusiast, Abit has also been an innovator in overclocking, introducing features like Soft Menu that became the standard for the industry. Abit understands this market, so the launch of the Fatal1ty series seems an ideal fit with Abit strengths.



The Fatal1ty AA8XE is built with the just released Intel 925XE chipset, which sports a 1066FSB, DDR2 memory, and a PCI Express x16 slot for a graphics card. There is no doubt - in the look of Fatal1ty or in the specifications - that Abit has thrown all their best Enthusiast features at Fatality. The list of Abit Engineered features include:
  • ABIT uGuruTM Technology (ABIT OC Guru/ABIT EQ/ABIT Flash Menu/ABIT Black Box)
  • ABIT ThermalGuardTM Technology
  • ABIT TweakGuardTM Technology
  • ABIT Dual OTESTM cooling Technology (Enhanced Version)
  • ABIT OC strip Technology
  • ABIT PWM cooling Technology
  • ABIT Aero OTES Technology
  • ABIT Audio Purification Technology for Dolby Digital Live
  • ABIT MB LED back-light
  • ABIT MB color management system for easy installation
In addition, Abit emphasizes that the Fatal1ty series was built for rock-solid stability, both at stock speed and in overclocking.

Our own recent tests of the 925XE/3.46EE have shown the AMD Athlon 64 to be a much better gaming platform than Intel at the present time. However, there is no doubt that Fatal1ty and Abit have the gaming credentials to put together the best gaming platform available. We will reserve judgment until we have had a chance to compare the Fatal1ty AA8XE benchmarks to other gaming rigs.

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  • LoneWolf15 - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    Only two IDE devices? What were they thinking? I'd have to buy new SATA hard disks and spend more cash yet. This board is a real niche design, and I think while Abit's quality is there, there are few people who will buy into this one. I can get an Athlon 64 much more reasonably than a P4, and wipe the floor with the P4 system. I can build a quieter, better cooling setup with a good case so I don't need the fans of the OTES system, and can get a board that still has one serial port like I need and also doesn't take up as many slots with additions. With the money I save not going to this board, I can optimize my system even further with better components. Unless you're a die-hard Intel fan with deep pockets looking to build a system from scratch, I can't see you buying this board. Reply
  • TimTheEnchanter25 - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    Whoops, I read the firewire part wrong. I see one port in the picture now. Reply
  • TimTheEnchanter25 - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    The AN8-Fatal1ty will be based on the Nforce4 Ultra. I think it will be released in the next 2 weeks.

    Until I read this, I was planning on the AN8-Fatal1ty. I would rather be able to cool my CPU better than the transistors and capcitors... I would also rather have firewire than 2 ethernet ports.

    Maybe the AN8-Max will be a better choice.
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  • smn198 - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    #4 Agreed

    Did some Excel math but unfortunately different ATI and nVidia graphics cards make the results from the 924XE article earlier useless to compare. For example, there is hardly any difference on this review between the FX55 and 4000+ cards with nVidia on Halo but with an ATI there is a pretty big gap!

    OK its a first look but without the same chipset and CPU to compare against I am still not really much wiser.

    Check:
    http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/abit%20fatal1ty... and http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/intel%20pentium...
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  • OzMowerman - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    Gee, is the world so full of pubescent tools?. well, after reading the above posts, it seems so. Reply
  • mrdudesir - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    wow, aside from the fact that it is a poor choice of platform, the board looks like a simply poor design. As it was pointed out in the article you can't use a good air cooler. Plus with 3 40mm fans already on that thing its probably gonna be louder than a jet. not to mention losing a pci slot to the audio daughter card. Not to mention with all these "improvements" they left off some of the best little things, like on-board power and reset switches. Big thumbs down to abit and their sellout spokesman. Reply
  • j@cko - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    I don't get it... Why didn't you include another 925XE board for comparison? Reply
  • FinalFantasy - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    Read #16

    .........

    uhh...

    that's all...
    Reply
  • ksherman - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    if this is boad that 'Fatal1ty' uses, he's gonna start lagging behind everyone else with their AMD64's.... ;) Reply
  • knitecrow - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    Something is wrong with the following.... a P4 extreme gamming mobo


    Only if you are a stupid gamer will you spend a premium to get a p4 Extreme Edition system.

    Go figure...
    buy a FX-55 system... people envy you
    buy a p4-EE system and people call you a retart
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