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. With tons of BIOS tweaking options available and a nice submenu dedicated strictly to overclocking features is was quite easy to get the 800mhz P4 3.0 running smoothly at 1000mhz FSB with only a Vantec Aeroflow and stock...
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. From our tests we were unable to see any noticeable performance gains outside the synthetic environment from the PAT'like BIOS Optimizations.
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. Needless to say, this does wonders for the price/performance ratio.
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. There are a few differences between the 875P and the 865PE chipsets such as the lack of PAT (Performance Acceleration Technology) on the 865PE. The 865 chipsets will be aimed at the mainstream market since it is considerably cheaper than the 875P.