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ABIT IC7 MAX3 - Taking Canterwood to the MAX

By: Shawn Baker | Editorials in Motherboards | Posted: Oct 28, 2003 5:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.5%Manufacturer: ABIT

Taking it to the MAX


- First Glance


When first looking at the box of the motherboard, it follows that very clean layout as seen on the IC7-G. Once you open the box you notice how nice the layout of the box is. Separated into three sections, we have two individual boxes and the motherboard itself - everything has a nice place for itself.



- The Contents


When getting within the box you notice just how much the MAX 3 comes with. Of course you get your normal CDs, floppy disk and manual but you also receive a lot of Serial ATA cables, some Rounded IDE cables as well as a Rounded Floppy Cable and finally you also receive what ABIT call SecureIDE.


- Secure IDE


Secure IDE is one of the latest features to be seen in the new MAX range of ABIT motherboards and is designed to help keep your hard drive at its most secure. Using a special key and a simple daughter board that plugs into the back of your IDE hard drive you instantly get the support for 40 bit DES hardware encryption. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to test this out due to our test beds running Serial ATA drive and the Secure IDE only supporting Parallel ATA. Secure IDE is getting quite well known around the web and it seems that a lot of people running websites that host "illegal software" are using it to protect their hard drives from outside access.


- OTES Cooling


OTES cooling has been used on ABIT's line of graphics cards for quite a while and has become quite well known as one of those coolers that can perform well but at a lower volume. When it comes to overclocking, people prefer as much cooling as possible and this is where the OTES cooling system comes into play. Keeping the area where all the power goes through (next to the processor) cooler, the idea is that you are now eliminating another bottle neck when it comes to overclocking. This combined with the new and improved Northbridge fan, people should be able to get a better overclock out of their systems.




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