Conclusion: Abit boards have historically been known as very good overclockers. The Abit NF7 nForce2 offering is known as one of the best overclockers on the AMD platform side of things, and the IS7 looks poised to be one of the best on the Intel platform side.
Conclusion: All in all the IS7 is a very solid motherboard. With the multitude on onboard features offered, a competitive price, as well as the ease of overclocking, I can very highly recommend this motherboard for your next Intel computer purchase.
Pros: BIOS SoftMenu, Full Featured Backplate, Rotated IDE slots!, Competitive Price, *cough* PAT *cough*
Cons: AGP slot blocks single DIMM Slot, PAT really isn't that big of a deal, Pretty but not practical NB cooler
Summary: Setting the Game Accelerator Techonology feature aside, the IS7 is a solid Springdale board with good overclocking abilities and a couple of nice extras, such as the Firewire support. GAT, however, basically transforms the IS7 into a board capable of competing with Canterwood solutions.
Excerpt: It has been almost a month since we first saw the Intel 875P (canterwood) chipsets on the hardware scene. Now, a few weeks later, we are reviewing our first 865PE (springdale) board, the ABIT IS7.