Abit IP35-E review

£59
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.

Details

Motherboard form factor ATX
Motherboard integrated graphics no

Compatability

Processor/platform brand (manufacturer) Intel
Processor socket LGA 775
Motherboard form factor ATX
Memory type DDR2
Multi-GPU support no

Controllers

Motherboard chipset Intel P35
Number of Ethernet adapters 1
Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
Graphics chipset N/A
Audio chipset Realtek ALC888

Onboard Connectors

CPU power connector type 8-pin
Main power connector ATX 24-pin
Memory sockets total 4
Internal SATA connectors 4
Internal PATA connectors 1
Internal floppy connectors 1
Conventional PCI slots total 3
PCI-E x16 slots total 1
PCI-E x8 slots total 0
PCI-E x4 slots total 0
PCI-E x1 slots total 2

Rear ports

PS/2 connectors 2
USB ports (downstream) 4
FireWire ports 0
eSATA ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 6
Parallel ports 0
9-pin serial ports 0
Extra port backplane bracket ports 0

Accessories

SATA cables supplied 2
Molex to SATA adaters supplied 0
IDE cables supplied 1
Floppy cables supplied 1

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