Excerpt: Abit has had a very strong showing here on PCPerspective. In the past two months, two Abit motherboards, the AV8 K8T800 Pro and AA8 Duramax 925X , have won Ryan's coveted Editor's Choice awards. So needless to say the expectations are high for today's review of Abit's KV8-Pro.
budget solution for the Socket 754 is indeed a decent success.
Although the performance is not outstanding, it's still somewhat better
than the acclaimed DFI. The use of VIA's chipset may or may not be
ideal, due to VIA's bad history of chipset drivers, but Abit's
implementation is well...
orange/red PCB, Excellent price tag, Abit's excellent
official support, Working AGP locks, Decent performance, Excellent
overclocking potential, uGuru utility, Good BIOS options, Includes 5 fan
Cons: Lacking software
bundle, Only provides 2 DIMM
slots, Extremely poor
location of CMOS jumper
Conclusion: The increase in HT and V-Link bandwidth of the K8T800 Pro brought about no performance gains at all for the motherboard. Considering the AGP and PCI bus isn't sufficient to saturate the available bandwidth, it didn't really come as much of a surprise.