This content was originally featured on Amdmb.com and has been converted to PC Perspective’s website. Some color changes and flaws may appear.The Shuttle AK35GT2R motherboard is another good addition to the growing line of KT333 motherboards. However, we at Amdmb.com are seeing a small problem: none of the KT333 boards are really standing out! 🙂
For the most part, the KT333 motherboards all perform identically. What remains for your choice then is the features and the stability of the board. As the KT333 chipset is still pretty new technology, again, all of the boards are showing the same stability in the tests and burn-ins. So, how many features do you need and what are you willing to pay for it? That is what the motherboard question is down to at this point in time. There aren’t any competing chipsets (unless you count VIA’s own KT266A chipset) as the AMD 760 and Ali chipsets aren’t up to the performance of the KT266A, let alone the KT333.
Shuttle has a big advantage on the DIY market because of their prices. As of this writing, the AK35GT2 board can be found online for around $75! If you want the RAID version, the AK35GT2R, that can be bought for under $100. At those prices, the other manufacturers such as MSI will have to depend on the extra features like USB 2.0 to bring in their customers.
Overall though, the Shuttle AK35GT line of boards is a great option for those that don’t need all the accessories on their motherboard, and still want a good performing and overclocking board. Because of the great value the Shuttle board offers at under $80, it gets a very good 9 out of 10 score!