Layout Continued Continuing to set the standard the ABIT IC7-G is one of the first Intel motherboards to hit the market with active cooling for the Northbridge chipset. Once again aiming for the performance crowd ABIT knows when it comes to overclocking you need to keep your CPU, Memory and Chipset cool if you plan to squeeze every last ounce of performance from your system. Not only does the HSF and fan look great, it appears to be a quality unit.
Northbridge Chipset Cooler
CPU Socket, CMOS Battery, CPU and AUX Fan Headers
Intel Southbridge Chipset SATA Controller
USB/Firewire hookups CD, Audio and AUX connectors
Aux Fan Header 2 BIOS Chip, LED and Power connectors
IDE 1 and 2, SATA, CMOS Header, Memory slots, ATX Connector and Floppy Port
Serial Number AGP 8X Port
Notice the AGP Pro 50 slot. For the majority of users out there we won't actually be utilizing the port with an AGP Pro 50 compliant video card. Therefore you'll need to leave the small plastic retention piece in place. This prevents the standard AGP Card from sliding back and forth and possibly causing some major havoc.
The CPU Socket area gives enough room for the installation of even the beefiest heatsinks and while the stock Intel 3.0C heatsink comes close to a few capacitors, there is still plenty of room to work with. Lets take a look.
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