abit AW9D-MAX Core Duo motherboard
Posted on: 21.11.2006 01:00:00

Model

AW9D-MAX

AW9D

CPU

Intel® Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, Pentium D, Quad Core Ready

Intel® Core 2 Duo, Pentium EE, Pentium D, Quad Core Ready

FSB

1066MHz

1066MHz

Chipset

975X/ICH7R

975X/ICH7R

Memory

4 DIMM DDR2 800/667/533 max. 8GB

4 DIMM DDR2 800/667/533 max. 8GB

Expansion Slot

2 PCI-E X 16, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI, 1 AudioMAX

2 PCI-E X 16, 2 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI, 1 AudioMAX

SATA & PATA

7x SATA 3G Raid 0/1/10/5 1x e-SATA , 1x IDE

4x SATA 3G Raid 0/1/10/5 1x IDE

LAN

2x PCI-E GbE

1x PCI-E GbE

IEEE 1394

2x 1394 IEEE a

2x 1394 IEEE a

USB 2.0

8x

8x

Audio

7.1-CH HD AudioMAX 882M S/PDIF In/Out Dolby Master Studio

7.1-CH HD AudioMAX 882M S/PDIF In/Out Dolby Master Studio

Thermal

Silent OTES 2 (dual pipes)

Silent OTES (heat-pipe)

Technology

µGuru, Supports ATI CrossFire™, Supports Nvidia dual Graphics.

µGuru, Supports ATI CrossFire™, Supports Nvidia dual Graphics

CPU

Chipset

Memory

Graphics

LAN

Audio

Expansion Slots

Internal I/O Connectors

Back Panel I/O

Serial ATA

IEEE 1394

RoHS

Form Factor

abit Engineered

abit uGuru With abit's unique uGuru technology now even the most novice users can fully monitor and control their system including voltages, fans and temperatures; it's all just a click away. The more advanced you become, the more you will appreciate the multitude of fine tuning features abit's uGuru technology holds for you.
OC Guru - AutoDrive™ By enabling AutoDrive, you can automatically apply different overclocking settings for different applications.
Hardware Monitoring Monitor temperatures, voltages and fan settings in real time and with zero CPU usage.
abit EQ™ Keep control over your hardware. abit EQ™ is an easy-to-use system monitor that helps you keep an eye on voltages, temperature items and fans.
One Click BIOS Update With abit 's BIOS flash utility you can easily update your motherboard BIOS online or offline.
Auto-Detect Hardware Info The abit BlackBox auto-detects hardware info for quick communication between users and ABIT Tech support.
abit SoftMenu™ The original jumperless motherboard design allows for CPU setting changes completely through the BIOS. For GigaOverclocking! Boost your PC's Performance by up to 50%. Convenient and easy-to-use fine tuning from within a self-explanatory BIOS menu.
AudioMax™ Independent audio solution that plugs into the motherboard. Reduces the noise interference of high frequency signals. Outstanding audio quality with optical S/PDIF In/Out support.
  µGuru Clock Support abit's ěsGuru Clock allows you to access and select system performance for your system while playing games, listening to music, browsing the internet or using office applications in full screen mode without needing to stop or close the application you are running. In addition ěGuru Clock displays overclocking settings, hardware monitoring status, room temperature, debug code and warning notice, even notifies you of new Skype/MSN/e-mail messages and also allows you to power on or off your PC- All from its convenient LCD display.
OC Strips Description: Special copper strips designed to spread heat away from key components Purpose: Keeps your system cool by extracting heat from the back of the PCB.
PWM Design & Placement Special PWM layout and placement as well as higher and wider heatsinks above the PWM efficiently reduce temperature. In addition there are plenty of Solid state capacitors around the high frequency CPU ensure a sufficient and stable power supply.

Now plainly and clearly from the specs we can see this is no lightweight board, offering 7 Sata pots not counting the esata on the rear, as well as abit’s usual excellent features such as one of my favourite  motherboard utilities, uGuru.  If this board performs half as good as the last board I reviewed from abit I will be happy. Before we install and test it let us take a look at the board itself.

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