The IP35 Pro has 4 I/O panel USB connectors, but it also has 4 USB headers
on board. Each of those headers supports 2 USB ports. I don't know whether
it would be possible to use the maximum 12 ports, but I expect that you
Abit supplies a card slot USB/IEEE1394 bracket, so you can use 6 USB ports
without additional hardware. I also use two front USB ports on my case, so I
have a total of 8 available.
The 6 Intel SATA connectors all face the rear of the board, which isn't
always convenient. (It means that they don't interfere with a long graphics
card like an nVidia 8800GTX, though.)
The integrated gigabit LAN controllers are connected to the PCI bus rather
than the PCI-E bus, which limits their maximum rate. (I could care less, as
I'm not on a gigabit LAN.)
I got the board because I wanted a P35 mainboard, with the ICH9R RAID
controller, but without all the extras that Asus (for example) puts on their
Asus has two features that I miss:
1) ability to update the BIOS using a BIOS-based utility (rather than
booting into an operating system like DOS)
2) BIOS recovery feature (probably related to feature 1)
I've been satisfied with the IP35 Pro. I haven't pushed the overclocking to
its limits, but it runs a Q6600 (G0) at 3 GHz without difficulty (air
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"Erich Seidenschmiedt" wrote in message
> hello NG,
> for my new PC which I will assamble shortly the Abit IP35 Pro is a hot
> candidate. Does anyone know this board well and could tell me the good
> sides (and, if there are any, also the "bad" sides)?
> One thing that worries me a bit is that there are only 4 USB ports - this
> seems a little low number of ports; or do I misunderstand something?
> Thanks for your hints, best regards, Erich
> >> Stay informed about: Who has experience with the IP35 Pro?