Summary & Conclusion
Benchmark Summary: Throughout our entire battery of benchmarks, the Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE posted scores that were comparable to, or slightly better than two other i925XE based motherboards, including the Asus P5AD2-E which we granted an "Editor's Choice" award a few weeks back. When its performance is compared to competing Intel chipset based motherboards, the Abit Fatal1ty AA8XE should be considered among the best.
In typical fashion, the engineers at Abit have produced yet another memorable product that ranks as one of the best i925XE motherboards currently available, at least in our book. The Fatal1ty AA8XE is a rock-solid motherboard that exhibited no instability whatsoever throughout our testing session, until it was heavily overclocked well beyond default speeds. It's got all of the features enthusiasts look for in a motherboard, minus the legacy ports that are rarely used today. The Fatal1ty AA8XE is aesthetically pleasing, and its updated OTES (Outside Thermal Exhaust System) cooling system is far more effective and quieter then previous versions. The Fatal1ty AA8XE's benchmark scores were some of the best we've seen from an i925XE powered board, it has a bevy of overclocking options. Additionally, at $225 the Fatal1ty AA8XE is priced competitively with other enthusiast class LGA775 motherboards. Abit has done a great job with the Fatal1ty AA8XE and we can't wait to see what they have in store for AMD's Socket 939 platform. We're giving the Abit Fatal1ty a 9.5 on the Heat Meter, and a much deserved Editor's Choice award. This is a solid product that is worthy of your consideration.