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Abit IX48 GT3

The Abit IX48 GT3 is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 775/ Socket T socket.

It has 8 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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Abit IX48 GT3

help iconCPU SocketLGA 775/ Socket Thelp iconSLI Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support1 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetX48 Expresshelp iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 1 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 1 x PCIe x4 v2.0
  • 2 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM8 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots2 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels2help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 800 MHz
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin power connector
  • 1 x fan header
  • Floppy drive connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.xhelp iconBack Panel I/O
  • D-Sub Connector
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
  • 1 x Firewire connections

Abit IX48 GT3 compatibility review

The Abit IX48 GT3 uses the Intel LGA 775/ Socket T CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1333 MHz, and 2 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 8 GB RAM.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the Abit IX48 GT3 should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The Abit IX48 GT3 has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The Abit IX48 GT3 does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 2 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the Abit IX48 GT3's PCIe v2.x. The Abit IX48 GT3 does not support multiple graphics cards via Nvidia SLI or AMD Crossfire.

The Abit IX48 GT3 has 4 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. With so few slots, however, you would have to use a USB expansion hub. As such, we would highly recommend a different motherboard, preferably with USB 3.0 functionality as well.

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