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..:: Conclusion ::..

Today we have once again seen some real performance coming out of an Abit powered motherboard. The combination of Abit’s performance orientation and the latest Intel chipsets has shown what we have all come to expect from Abit, true performance. The i845GE based BG7E we reviewed today managed to swap the performance lead back and forth with the i845PE based BE7-RAID all day long, but the BG7E managed to come out on top in the areas where gamers and enthusiast will surely take note of. The BG7E finally managed to do what the BE7-RAID could not do, that being take down the DDR333 powered P4PB 400 in the higher resolution 3DMark2001 SE test. The BG7E also managed to take over the lead for OpenGL performance in our Cinebench test. As I stated in the BE7-RAID review, I feel it is important to note one quick item. Unless you have one of the newer 533MHz FSB Pentium 4’s, or unless you can overclock your 400MHz FSB Pentium 4 to 533MHz FSB, you will not be able to utilize DDR333 on the Abit BG7E. Our tests show that the BG7E is able to put up some strong numbers even at DDR266, but they’d be even stronger at DDR333. Just as we found with the BE7-RAID, the BG7E is exactly what you’d expect from Abit. The stability of the BG7E was even better than that of the BE7-RAID as it did not crash once during our testing period. The onboard audio performed almost identically to that of the audio on the BE7-RAID with a signal to noise rating of 92.1 dB! Once again, the only area that I feel the BG7E falls short in would have to be in the features. The BG7E is positioned as a budget level performance motherboard considering it employs Intel’s Extreme Graphics, although I’d still like to see some more features added on to the BG7E to make it a more attractive buy to the budget consumer. The design is another area where I was slightly disappointed. The IDE and Floppy connectors are positioned too low on the motherboard for larger cases. I did experience a problem with the positioning of the IDE connectors resulting in my needing to re-position my CD-ROM and CD-RW drive lower and farther spread. Granted this is a small price to pay, but it still can be an annoyance to those with larger cases. The one major item I did like about the BG7E’s design was the positioning of the 12V ATX power connector. This is what I believe to be the best positioning available. To my knowledge the BG7E isn’t yet widely available on the market so I can’t give a real accurate estimate of street price, although I would expect it to be very competitive versus other i845GE based motherboard solutions. The Abit BG7E clocks in with a total of 92 points, enough for the MBReview.com Editor’s Choice Award. The BG7E certainly lives up to the Abit slogan of “Speed, Stability, Power”. I’d like to send out a big thanks to Abit for supplying me with the BG7E for review. And, as always, thanks for reading everyone!

Stability: 10
Design: 8.5
Features: 8.5
BIOS / Overclocking: 9
Performance: 10
Total: 92 Points