Conclusion: Abit had definitely proven their standards with their IC7-MAX3. I couldn’t say anything more to let you know how great this motherboard performs. With its superb overclock-ability and support for plenty of devices, you can never go wrong with Abit. However, I would like to point out that the IC7-MAX3 shows temperatures slightly higher than other Asus or MSI motherboards.
Pros: Superb overclock-ability, Supports 6 SATA devices, Firewire and Optical SPDIF In/Out, Secure IDE and Round Cables, OTES cooling system, High performance NB cooler
Cons: Price, Temperature reading is slightly higher than normal boards
Conclusion: If you read the Ballistics Report on the previous page, you’re probably not surprised by our final score, the IC7-MAX3 is just that good. ABIT has essentially taken the IC7-G’s excellent board layout, while addresseing the IC7-G’s weaknesses. This is accomplished by incorporating a more robust Serial ATA implementation (thanks to a new Serial ATA controller) and North Bridge cooler. On top of all this, ABIT adds two new features: OTES and SecureIDE.