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 done. The KV8 Pro overclocked great and
comes with abundant features to suit your needs. The onboard audio
isn't top of the line, but gets the job done. The inclusion of many...
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 Abit KV8 Pro is another fine addition to the Socket 754 K8T800 Pro family. With some of the best overclocking features around, and with top monitoring functions it is a serious enthusiasts board. While we had a couple of gripes overall it is one of the top 754 boards you will find. If you are looking at a top of the line enthusiast board for lower cost 754 Athlon 64s then the Abit KV8 Pro should be on your list.
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. However, with an updated chipset, we expected the board to actually perform better than the older version, not the other way around.