Summary: The ABIT AL8 is a very solid Intel board with great features, good performance and support for Dual-Core CPUs. ABIT's proprietary uGuru technology offers exceptional monitoring options as well.
Overclocking works good, once you know how to properly change the BIOS settings for overclocking, but without them you are lost.
Pros: Good performance, Dual RAID, Gigabit Ethernet, Good on-board Audio
Summary: The Abit AL8
does what it was made to do and not much more. Budget enthusiasts
who wish to go the Intel route will be satisfied with the AL8, as long
as no overclocking is involved. The performance of the AL8 is good
and very comparable to the AW8 brethren. The board is feature rich
and will make for one great multimedia box or workstation. The AL8
is not one of the Abit boards I have experience with.
Pros: Performance on par
with AW8, Affordable, Feature rich, Great overclocking
Cons: Poor overclocking, No working 1:2
memory divider!, Would have been more
appealing with the Silent OTES installed
Conclusion: Performance Summary: When we assess the overall performance of the ABIT AL8 among several of its peers, we find a competitive motherboard that fares well against other products of a similar mold. In most cases, the ABIT AL8 offered the best performance out of the three models tested, but its lead was fractional at most. It seems that most quality motherboards based on the 945P chipset are going to offer comparable performance across a variety of benchmarks.
Conclusion: Fresh from our benchmarking session, one would see that the ABIT AL8 performs just as well as the MSI 945P Neo Platinum. Though it came in slightly slower in several benchmarks, the general differences between the two boards were so slight, they're quite negligible in real world applications.