abit AW9D-MAX Core Duo motherboard
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 21.11.2006 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Absolutely outstanding from abit, a true enthusiast’s board, some enthusiasts might have a problem with the limited Memory timing options, but what is in the bios is more than enough for most. This board certainly puts abit back on the top of the pile. To put it into a little story I could just say abit got turned out from the hardcore enthusiasts party and did not like it one bit, so they sent the AW9D Max round to sort the problem out, the bouncer (security) looked out the flap on door an was about to say your not coming in when he was met with the size 10 doctor martin boot coming through the door :P and the AW9D-max entered the party with a bang.
On a serious note, there were a couple of things that bugged me, the lack of multiplier unlock across 3 different chips, and the Sata port near the CPU, I could completely go into what’s the point of it there, but if you take a look at most motherboards with Esata on the back IO you will see including the Esata there is a odd number of Sata ports, what abit have done is thought, well 2 ports per controller, lets just add it in case someone wants 7 HDD’s inside.. I suppose at least they added it.
if you are after a core duo board, or just a upgraded board you plan to bolster up later with a core duo, the abit AW9D-max is not to be overlooked, one of, if not the best core duo board on the market
2x Gigabit Ethernet controllers,
Improved Silent Qtes 2 system,
Firewire B support,
8 Channel sound,
7x Sata ports,
Like most boards with silent cooling, this would need some sort of aid for Qtes system with water cooling
Odd 7th sata port placement.
Review by R.Bowser
Thanks to abit for supplying the board for the review.