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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

Inside the ABIT Box




ABIT's theme for the AW9D Max is a samurai theme. The box is dark and mysterious on the front with just the name, model number and a picture of a dude with a sword. The new ABIT logo also appears on this box which is the first time we have seen it on the packaging.


The back of the box is where ABIT has done its best. There is a full detailed description of all the features that the board supports as well as a large colour picture of the board itself with no mysteries on what you are getting here.



ABIT provides 2 quick start manuals and 1 full fledged user manual. 1 of the quick start manual explains the installation of the board into the chassis and the second explains the uGURU operations.



ABIT's CD and FDD package is quite extensive. There are 3 floppy disks, 1 for the Silicon Image 3132 chip for 32-bit Windows, 1 for the 3132 controller for XP 64-bit and 1 FDD for the Intel ICH7R controller which has XP and XP64 drivers. The included CD has drivers and software for Windows and Linux and the included software that ABIT brings to the party.



In the first of our cable bundle we have 1 rounded IDE cable with 2 drive support, 1 rounded FDD cable, a USB/Firewire PCI riser combo and a Toslink cable. ABIT is the first company we have seen who include a Toslink cable in their packages.



Our last cable bundle gives us 7 SATA cables - that's right, ABIT is the first also to give you as many SATA cables as you have SATA ports on your board, which definitely goes a long way to complimenting the "MAX" model name. An SLI link connector is included into the package, which means we may see 975X supporting SLI very shortly but that is by no means confirmed and you shouldn't count on it at this stage. Lastly is the rear I/O shield for use in ATX cases.



Like DFI, ABIT has moved its audio ports to a separate daughter board. The daughter board contains the actual codec chip, so without this board installed, the onboard audio will be disabled completely. There are 6 stereo audio ports for 7.1 audio and 1 Toslink port on the rear of the case. Inside on the board there is a Front Audio panel connector and a CD-In audio connector. The board plugs into what ABIT calls an AudioMAX audio port located at the bottom of the board - it looks somewhat like a PCI Express x1 slot in reverse and it designed to reduce the amount of noise interference compared to traditional solutions although it is debatable if this actually makes any difference but you be the judge.

Abit AW8D Motherboard


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