Abit IP35-E review

Price when reviewed

The Abit IP35-E costs the same as our recommended Gigabyte GM-MA78GM-S2H, but sadly it isn’t a comparable proposition. There’s nothing actually wrong with it, but while the Gigabyte goes beyond what we’d expect from a £51 motherboard, the IP35-E comes across as rather bog standard.

Abit IP35-E review

A case in point is the Abit’s backplate, which is one of the sparsest we’ve seen. Aside from audio connectors, it offers just four USB sockets, two PS/2 connectors and a single Ethernet port. Internal connectors aren’t any more generous: one PCI Express 16x slot, four SATA connectors and a single IDE port. There’s no RAID controller, either.

On the upside, the IP35-E’s idle power consumption was one of this month’s lowest at 99W. And the BIOS is just as easy to use as it is on Abit’s more expensive IX38 QuadGT. We were able to tweak and overclock CPU, PCI and DRAM settings to our hearts’ content, although the FSB and RAM clock won’t exceed the standard frequencies of 1,333MHz and 800MHz respectively.

While the feature set may be rather minimal, nothing really fundamental has been missed out. The IP35-E does, after all, have built-in sound and networking, three PCI slots and a RAM capacity of up to 8GB in four sockets – and it supports the latest LGA 775 processors, of course.

The IP35-E could form the basis of a perfectly capable PC. Indeed, if it were a little cheaper, it would be a great demonstration of smart cost-cutting, retaining every necessary feature while ditching the luxuries. Above the £50 mark, though, we expect a little more than bare functionality, and other boards in this price range offer greater flexibility.


Motherboard form factorATX
Motherboard integrated graphicsno


Processor/platform brand (manufacturer)Intel
Processor socketLGA 775
Motherboard form factorATX
Memory typeDDR2
Multi-GPU supportno


Motherboard chipsetIntel P35
Number of Ethernet adapters1
Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
Graphics chipsetN/A
Audio chipsetRealtek ALC888

Onboard Connectors

CPU power connector type8-pin
Main power connectorATX 24-pin
Memory sockets total4
Internal SATA connectors4
Internal PATA connectors1
Internal floppy connectors1
Conventional PCI slots total3
PCI-E x16 slots total1
PCI-E x8 slots total0
PCI-E x4 slots total0
PCI-E x1 slots total2

Rear ports

PS/2 connectors2
USB ports (downstream)4
FireWire ports0
eSATA ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks6
Parallel ports0
9-pin serial ports0
Extra port backplane bracket ports0


SATA cables supplied2
Molex to SATA adaters supplied0
IDE cables supplied1
Floppy cables supplied1

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