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AMD Athlon 64 Performance Computing - The heat is on! - The Motherboard

We collected high-end performance parts from AMD, ABIT, ATI, GeCube, Mushkin, Maxtor, VIA and Thermaltake and built the fastest possible Athlon 64 desktop computer around. The heat is on - become part of the action and read about what this high-powered system is capable of!

| AMD CPUs & APUs in CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Nov 23, 2003 5:00 am

ABIT KV8-MAX

 

When it comes to reviewing hardware we have to keep an open mind and we can never let our personal opinion on a company affect our judgment on the product overall. The best thing about this article is that this is what "I/WE" feel makes for the best Athlon 64 based system. ABIT have been around a long time and are definitely a company aimed at the true enthusiast.

 

ABIT hold the enthusiast community and for good reason. You ask an "enthusiast" what the best Athlon XP motherboard is and without a breath, they will spurt out three letters and one number - those being, "N F 7 - S". Not long ago I had the pleasure to test what has been our best Intel Pentium 4 motherboard to date, the IC7-MAX3 based on Intel's Canterwood chipset, which we reviewed here. While not the fastest at stock speeds but give a little voltage here and a bit of FSB there and we have an overclocking king. With that being our last thought on the MAX3 series from ABIT there was no doubt in our minds that the KV8-MAX3 was going to be making an appearance in this article as the key ingredient.

 

 

 

Let's have a look what the board offers us as far as specifications go:

 

- Specifications

 

CPU

 

Supports AMD socket 754 Athlon 64 CPU with 800 MHz FSB

 

CPU Integrated Memory Controller

 

72-bit memory controller supports DDR at 266, 333 and 400MHz (ECC)

 

Support 3 DIMM DDR 333

 

Support 2 DIMM DDR 400

 

Support 3 DIMM up to 2GB Max.

 

Chipset

 

VIA K8T800 / VT8237 chipset

 

Supports Advanced Configuration and Power Management Interface (ACPI)

 

Accelerated Graphics Port connector supports AGP 8X/4X (0.8V/1.5V)

 

SATA

 

Supports SATA data transfer rates at 150 MB/s (1.5G bps)

 

2nd SATA RAID

 

On board SATA RAID PCI Controller

 

Supports 4 x SATA 150 RAID 0/1/0+1

 

Gigabit LAN

 

On board 10/100/1000 Mb PCI Ethernet Controller

 

IEEE 1394a

 

Supports IEEE 1394a at 100/200/400 Mb/s transfer rate

 

Audio

 

6-Channel AC 97 CODEC on board

 

Professional digital audio interface supports S/P DIF optical In/Out

 

ABIT Engineered

 

ABIT ìGuru™ Technology

 

ABIT SoftMenu™ Technology to set CPU parameters

 

ABIT OTES™ Technology

 

ABIT FanEQ™ Technology

 

CPU ThermalGuard™ Technology

 

CPU TweakGuard™ Technology

 

Internal I/O Connectors

 

1 AGP 8X/4X slot, 5 PCI slots

 

Floppy Port supports up to 2.88 MB

 

2 x Ultra DMA 33/66/100/133 Connectors

 

6 x SATA 150 RAID Connectors

 

2 x USB headers, 2 x IEEE 1394a header, 2 x CD-IN

 

Back Panel I/O

 

1 x PS/2 Keyboard, 1 x PS/2 mouse

 

1 x S/P DIF Output, 1 x S/P DIF Input

 

Audio connectors (Front Speaker, Line-in, Mic-in, Center/Sub, Surround Speaker)

 

2 x USB, 1 x IEEE 1394a Connector

 

2 x USB, 1 x RJ-45 LAN Connector

 

Miscellaneous

 

ATX form factor

 

 

 

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