Conclusion: Overall, the Abit AN8 SLI is an impressive motherboard! Being closest to the DFI LAN Party nF4 series, Abit has done a pretty good job with their AN8 SLI. Offering an impressively overclockerï¿½s friendly ï¿½Guru BIOS, the AN8 SLI boast up to 3.4VDIMM for power hungry BH5 or UTT memory chips.
Pros: Overclocks very well, Up to 3.4VDIMM, Unique cooling design, Decent board layout, Nice orange PCB with Red LEDs, AudioMAX7.1 card, Supports NVIDIA SLI, Good price & performance
Cons: Memory tweaking options could be better, Issues with certain RAMs, 1T issue with 2x512MB TCCD
Conclusion: So you decided to go with an SLI setup for your next rig. Probably going to pair it up with a 3000+ Venice, which can be had for under $150 at such places as Newegg.com . Obviously you're intending on overclocking that Venice to the absolute limits.
Pros: uGuru. Nuff said., Low price for an SLI board, Superb overclocker, Great layout, Silent OTES eliminates the need for a small noisy chipset fan
Cons: AC'97 audio, no matter how you package it, still sucks, Some people may have to buy extra components that other boards already have, Only one USB bracket is included
Conclusion: Abit has a long list of good features on the board. Overclocking options are near the top, along with the OCGuru features, and the Q-OTES heatpipe. The diagnostic LED will come in handy, and the 7.1 channel audio should be shielded from noise better on the separate card.