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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  • topcat903 - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    I agreed with post#4 totally. Reply
  • GnomeCop - Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - link

    I think I threw up in my mouth a little... Reply
  • johnsonx - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    @10, Linkcat:

    at 1600x1200, all the platforms would most likely be GPU bound. 1024x768 is a better resolution to see which platform is faster.
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  • phaxmohdem - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    What a tool. Who else wants to join me in kicking this dude in the ballz. I don't even know why I want to, but my foot feels compelled to inflict pain on this poor kid. Perhaps I should seek professional help. Reply
  • Decoder - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    Its clear, AMD FX-55 performs a fatal1ty on Abit AA8XE + P4 3.46EE.

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  • Linkcat - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    1024x768? is that the resolution harcore gamers run these days? It would be more useful if the comparison showed the performance differences at 1600x1200. Reply
  • Gioron - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    I think the words "What in hell were they thinking?" sums up this board best. Great implementation, poor platform choice. Now is not the time to claim that an Intel board is the "best of the best" for gaming performance. Reply
  • Adul - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    Guys adjust your reading glasses. This is a first look and not an in depth review. Reply
  • drifter106 - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    Glad to see you make the effort to show the other side of the coin.... Reply
  • ariafrost - Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - link

    w00t! Go ABIT! :P

    But... wait... I have an NF7-S Rev. 2 right now... where's the nForce 4 SLI based NF8-S ABIT!? :(
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