The Northbridge has a passive cooler, which is large and effective so an extra fan isn’t necessary. You also find 6 SATA connections and the same amount of USB connections.
Now it’s time for the I/O shield or back plate as some people call it. Here we find a bunch of connections and a cooling profile. The following connections are available on the IX38 QuadGT:
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 Mouse - 1 x S/P DIF In, 1 x S/P DIF Out - 2 x eSATA - 7.1 CH Audio connector (Front, Line-in, MIC-in, Center/Subwoofer, Surround, Rear Surround) - 4 x USB 2.0 - 1 x RJ-45 LAN connector - CCMOS Reset button
The last mentioned is a nice feature when overclocking. This button will reset back to the last stable clock if you’ve went too far with the overclocking.
BIOS: The next thing to look at is the BIOS, which Abit with their µGuru software has done a lot to. This has been implemented in the classic Phoenix/Award BIOS, which on this motherboard is revision 11.
The BIOS itself is nicely though trough because everything is split into 2 categories. The first is OC guru and the other is Abit EQ. As you might have figured out from the descriptions, the first is about the functions used in overclocking. The only negative thing about this split is that Abit has chosen to put RAM timings I Advanced settings even though it – in my opinion – should be in the over clock part. Looking away from Uguru, it’s possible to change all the usual stuff, boot configurations, deactivating onboard sound and adjust RAM timings.