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ABIT AW9D-MAX Motherboard - Core 2's new Best Friend?

By: Cameron Johnson | Socket LGA 775 in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 4, 2006 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: Universal ABIT

Final Thoughts

 

Well, all we can say is "WOW!"

 

Without a doubt ABIT is back, bigger and better than ever before. ABIT's reputation for overclocking to the max is secure - in fact, this is definitely a personal best for any Intel 975X motherboards we have had here in the TweakTown labs. No other company has managed to break 400MHz FSB until now.

 

ABIT's bundle and onboard features are also a fantastic mix - you get ALL the cables you need for the board, unlike some boards that come with half of the cables that the board can support. ABIT goes the full Monty and even provides a Toslink cable, no other board we have ever tested has arrived on our doorstep with this.

 

Overall the bundle, motherboard and overclocking were far above anything we expected and we see no reason not to recommend the ABIT AW9D-MAX to you - that is, along as you have a few extra dollars tucked away as this board will cost you more than most Intel 975X motherboards.

 

- Pros

 

Core 2 support out of the box

 

Core 2 Quad support (probably requires BIOS update)

 

First 975X board here to break 400MHz FSB

 

Extremely stable

 

Supports ATI Crossfire

 

Firewire onboard

 

Impressive silent cooling

 

- Cons

 

Expensive

 

Placement of FDD connector

 

Rating - 9.5 out of 10 and TweakTown's "MUST HAVE" Best Performance Award

 

Abit AW8D Motherboard

 

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